Mozambique’s climate is classified as tropical with two seasons, the dry period from June to October and the wet season from November to May. However, due to the influence of the Indian Ocean and the variations in altitude, weather patterns vary considerably throughout the country. The wet season lasts slightly longer in the north, and overall humidity is very high across the country. As Mozambique rests in Madagascar’s rain shadow, less precipitation falls than in neighboring regions and the bulk of the country is somewhat protected from cyclones and tropical storms, although the offshore islands are occasionally hit.
By April to early May, the rains and related humidity subside, with dry heat spreading from south to north. Clear, sunny skies and little rain characterize the dry season, with June, July and August the coolest months around 86°F with considerable temperature drops at night. September and October are dry, although daytime highs soar around 95°F and higher, while November is a transitional month between the two seasons with the rains beginning earlier in the north and spreading south. The glorious coastal beaches see hot, slightly humid dry seasons, with the water invariably warm and little wind.
Best Time to Visit Mozambique
For most vacationers, the best time to visit Mozambique is during the dry season although accommodation and travel costs are at their highest this time of year. During the wet season, rates drop dramatically and hotels and resorts are practically empty.
Even in January, the water temperature is around 80°F although rainfall averages five inches. February is a great time for diving with whale sharks. The best month for fly-fishing is April, while August is the peak tourist month with beach parties, bonfires and barbecues.