Liberia lies just north of the equator and thus has an equatorial climate, steaming hot all year round that is split into two seasons, wet and dry. The rainy season runs from May to October, with very heavy precipitation throughout, while the dry season the remainder of the year sees the sand-laden Saharan harmattan winds blowing inland and making the weather uncomfortable for residents and visitors. Average temperatures sit around 75°F throughout the year, and rarely make it over 105°F, although very high humidity in the rainy season makes it feel warmer than it really is.
April through June sees the slow start of the rainy season, characterized by short, fiery thunderstorms interspersed with several dry days. Serious downpours begin in June, heavy and long-lasting, with the exception of a short, two-week period in either July or August. Temperature variations, either seasonal or day to night, are minimal. The dry season is harsh and arid, with sand from the Sahara Desert at worst obscuring the landscape and at best drying the air out even more.
Best Time to Visit Liberia
The best time to visit Liberia is during the dry season, as the roads are passable and the humidity is at a reasonable level. However, if you make a last-minute booking just before the two summer weeks without rain, you’ll find a lush, green land bursting with flowers and echoing with bird songs. If you’re a surfer, the best time to come is April through August, with consistent, deep swells and waves providing great conditions along the Atlantic coast. One thing’s for sure, you’ll miss the crowds as this particular surfers’ paradise is still well off the beaten path. Bargain-hunters won’t get much joy from cheap flights as the only routes from the West are by full-service carriers, but hotels may be less expensive in the high summer due to the hot weather and humidity.