Climate and monthly weather forecast
Dedza, Malawi


The climate of Dedza

Dedza, situated in Malawi, is subject to the influence of the humid subtropical climate, classified as Cwa according to the Köppen climate classification. This category is characterized by substantial rainfall during the warmer season and a drier, cooler winter period.

Throughout the year, Dedza has a moderate temperature that fluctuates between a low of 11.2°C and a high of 28.7°C. The warmest months are typically November and December, while the coldest months tend to be in July. Rainfall varies greatly, with higher levels from January to March and considerably lower levels from May to September. For instance, rainfall in January averages at 322mm, yet this drops to a mere 2mm from May through July.

In terms of humidity, the highest levels are seen from January to March, reaching up to 88%, dropping to a minimum of 48% by September. Sunlight availability differs throughout the year as well; longest daylight hours can be observed in January, whereas the shortest are in July. On the other hand, sunshine duration is drastically enhanced from May to November, with a notable reduction in December and January.

Wind speed tends to be more prominent from May to December, reaching a maximum of 10.2 Kph in October. It's also worth noting that the cloud coverage percentage in Dedza is lowest from August through October, which along with minimal rainfall, provides expansive views in these months.

The best time to visit Dedza

Based on the above weather conditions, the optimal timeframe for visiting Dedza is from May to October. During this time, the area experiences lower rainfall, ranging from 1mm to 2mm per month, which reduces the chances of disruption to outdoor activities. The temperatures, from the lows of 11.2°C to the high of 27.3°C, are ideal for exploring the natural beauty of the region. The relative humidity level is also lower, from 55% in August to 72% in May, contributing to the overall comfort of the visitors. Additionally, the weather is generally sunny and bright with an average of 9.35 hours of sunshine daily.

The worst time to visit Dedza

Contrarily, the period from January to March is probably the least preferable for visiting Dedza. These months record the highest rainfall, ranging from 179mm to 322mm monthly, which could interfere with outdoor plans. The high levels of relative humidity from 87% to 88% during this period lead to a rather humid and uncomfortable experience. Additionally, the month of January records the shortest number of sunny days, further emphasizing this time as nonideal for visiting.

Spring weather in Dedza

The spring season in Dedza runs from September to November. In this period temperatures tend to rise from 22.5°C to 28.5°C, and rainfall sees a slow increase from 1mm in September to 25mm in November. In these months, average daylight ranges from 12 hours to 12.8 hours per day, and sunshine duration hovers around 9.6 hours daily. The relative humidity begins to increase from 48% in September to 63% in November. Overall, the spring season in Dedza presents relatively comfortable conditions for outdoor activities.

Summer weather in Dedza

In Dedza, the summer months from December through February witness a slight dip in temperature to 26.7°C from 28.7°C, but an increase in the average rainfall. The rainfall rises from 25mm in November to 322mm by January, before slightly receding to 253mm in February. The daylight hours remain the same, hovering around 12.6 hours daily, but sunshine hours dip to an average of 8.8 due to increase in cloud cover. The relative humidity rises to its peak of 88% in February, which may make the weather feel a bit uncomfortable for some visitors.

Autumn weather in Dedza

Autumn in Dedza is from March to May and sees a downward trend in temperatures and rainfall. From 24.8°C in March, temperatures fall to 22.5°C in May. Rainfall decreases significantly from 179mm in March to just 2mm in May. Daylight hours subtly decline from 12.2 hours in March to 11.3 hours in May, and sunshine hours increase to a high of 9.1 hours per day by May. Relative humidity takes a step down from 87% in March to 72% in May, improving the overall comfort level.

Winter weather in Dedza

Winter months in Dedza, from June to August, bring the lowest temperatures of the year, ranging from 11.2°C to 25°C. The rainfall is at its minimal level, remaining at 2mm through all three months. Daylight hours subtly increase from 11.3 hours to 11.6 hours, while sunshine duration hovers around 7.5 hours per day in June and 8.8 hours in August. Humidity levels continue to drop steadily from 67% in June to 55% in August, contributing to the pleasant weather conditions during winter.

Weather in January

Transitioning from December, Dedza, Malawi experiences a slight drop in average high temperatures in January, settling at 24.9°C. January holds the record for the highest average rainfall, reaching a measurement of 322mm. Residents of Dedza prepare for a wet month as rain is common. Weather in January »

Weather in February

February in Dedza, Malawi, continues the wet and reasonably warm weather pattern from January. Nevertheless, February encounters a subtle reduction in precipitation, compared to January's record rainfall. The month exhibits steady daylight hours, promising visibility for outdoor activities, while the UV index remains manageable. Weather in February »

Weather in March

As Dedza transitions from February to March, there is a noticeable decrease in both the average high temperature and rainfall. A drop in cloud cover percentage from 53% to 48% allows an extra hour of sunshine per day in Dedza in March. Weather in March »

Weather in April

Moving into April, there is a clear shift in the town’s weather with a sharp decrease in precipitation, from 179mm in March to only 41mm. This month sees the sunshine hours increasing slowly but steadily, resulting in more outdoor-friendly weather. Weather in April »

Weather in May

In May, Dedza moves ahead with the driest month of the year, seeing a meager 10mm of rainfall. This shift in weather brings about a drop in overnight temperatures, making nights cooler. The shift in the weather pattern divulges signs of the incoming winter season in Malawi. Weather in May »

Weather in June

June experiences a further drop in average temperature, marking the transition to Dedza's colder season. The rainy season is now a distant memory as the region records only 2mm of rainfall, retaining its status as one of the driest months. Weather in June »

Weather in July

July, being in the heart of the dry season, sees very little change in weather conditions compared to June. On record as the year's driest month, both rainfall and relative humidity remain exceedingly low in July. Despite lower temperatures, a significant amount of sunshine keeps days in Dedza warm and pleasant. Weather in July »

Weather in August

August is a transition month in Dedza, as temperatures start to rise again, signalling the end of the cold season. August records the year's lowest humidity at 55%, providing a dry and comfortable climate. Temperatures begin to rise, and the weather becomes significantly warmer than in the previous months. Weather in August »

Weather in September

Most of September witnesses clear skies with only 10% cloud cover, leading to an increase in average sunshine hours. As Dedza transitions into September, the weather starts to heat up, with daytime temperatures peaking at 27.3°C. Weather in September »

Weather in October

October is characterized by hot weather, with temperatures reaching their peak, averaging 28.7°C, the highest average high temperature of the year. As the temperature rises, so does the percentage of cloud cover, indicating the beginning of the rainy season. Weather in October »

Weather in November

November represents a transition into the wet season, with rainfall registering at 99mm, a significant increase from the preceding months. As Dedza heads towards November, the weather shows signs of the incoming wet season, with average cloud cover increasing significantly. Weather in November »

Weather in December

December wraps up the year with a mix of hot temperatures and high rainfall, averaging 232mm, a significant rise from November. Climbing temperatures coupled with increasing rainfall mark the onset of Dedza's wet season. The weather in December transitions recognizable patterns associated with the rainy season. Weather in December »


What is the rainiest month in Dedza?

The month with the most rainfall is January, when the rain falls for 28.6 days and typically aggregates up to 322mm of precipitation.

How much does it rain in Dedza?

Throughout the year, in Dedza, Malawi, there are 165.1 rainfall days, and 1168mm of precipitation is accumulated.

When is the lowest UV index in Dedza?

The months with the lowest UV index in Dedza are January through July, with an average maximum UV index of 5.

What is the most humid month in Dedza?

With an average relative humidity of 88%, February is the most humid month in Dedza, Malawi.

What is the month with the shortest days in Dedza?

June has the shortest days of the year, with an average of 11h and 18min of daylight.

What month is the coldest in Dedza?

Dedza reaches its average lowest temperatures in July, measuring 22.3°C at the peak and 11.2°C at the lowest.

What is the month with the least sunshine in Dedza?

July has the least sunshine of the year, with an average of 7.4h of sunshine.

What are the months with the highest UV index in Dedza?

August through December, with an average maximum UV index of 6, are months with the highest UV index in Dedza.

What is the least humid month in Dedza?

The least humid month is September, with an average relative humidity of 48%.

What is the driest month in Dedza?

September is the month with the least rainfall in Dedza, Malawi. Rain falls for 2 days and accumulates 1mm of precipitation.

What is the hottest time of year in Dedza?

In Dedza, October records the average highest temperatures, peaking at 28.7°C and reaching a low of 18.4°C.

When are the longest days in Dedza?

With an average of 13h and 0min of daylight, December has the longest days of the year in Dedza.

Is there Daylight Saving Time (DST) in Dedza?

Dedza, Malawi, does not utilize Daylight Saving Time (DST). CAT timezone is used over the entire year.

What month has the most sunshine in Dedza?

With an average of 10h of sunshine, December has the most sunshine of the year in Dedza.

Average temperature
Dedza, Malawi

Average temperature - Dedza, Malawi

The warmest month (with the highest average high temperature) is October (28.7°C).
The month with the lowest average high temperature is July (22.3°C).

The month with the highest average low temperature is November (19°C).
The coldest month (with the lowest average low temperature) is July (11.2°C).


Average pressure
Dedza, Malawi

Average pressure - Dedza, Malawi

The month with the highest atmospheric pressure is July (1020.7mbar).
The month with the lowest atmospheric pressure is January (1011mbar).


Average wind speed
Dedza, Malawi

Average wind speed - Dedza, Malawi

The windiest month (with the highest average wind speed) is October (9.4km/h).
The calmest month (with the lowest average wind speed) is February (5.3km/h).


Average humidity
Dedza, Malawi

Average humidity - Dedza, Malawi

The month with the highest relative humidity is February (88%).
The month with the lowest relative humidity is September (48%).


Average rainfall
Dedza, Malawi

Average rainfall - Dedza, Malawi

The wettest month (with the highest rainfall) is January (322mm).
The driest month (with the least rainfall) is September (1mm).


Average rainfall days
Dedza, Malawi

Average rainfall days - Dedza, Malawi

The month with the highest number of rainy days is January (28.6 days).
The month with the least rainy days is September (2 days).


Average daylight / Average sunshine
Dedza, Malawi

Average daylight / Average sunshine - Dedza, Malawi

The month with the longest days is December (Average daylight: 13h and 0min).
The month with the shortest days is June (Average daylight: 11h and 18min).

The month with the most sunshine is December (Average sunshine: 10h and 0min).
The month with the least sunshine is July (Average sunshine: 7h and 24min).


Average sunshine days
Dedza, Malawi

Average sunshine days - Dedza, Malawi

The month with the most sunshine days is September (27.6 days).
The month with the least sunshine days is January (1.4 days).


Average UV index
Dedza, Malawi

Average UV index - Dedza, Malawi

The months with the highest UV index are August, September, October, November and December (UV index 6).
The months with the lowest UV index are January, February, March, April, May, June and July (UV index 5).


Average visibility
Dedza, Malawi

Average visibility - Dedza, Malawi

The months with the highest visibility are June, July, August, September, October and November (10km).
The months with the lowest visibility are January, February and March (7km).


Dedza, Malawi

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