Weather

Just south of the equator, Zanzibar’s weather pattern follows that of Tanzania closely.

Generally the main rainy season, or the ‘long rains’, last during March, April and May. Afternoon tropical downpours are the norm – which can be heavy on any of the islands. The humidity is high and daily temperatures reach the low-mid 30°s.

The long dry season, when rainfall is fairly unusual, lasts throughout June, July, August, September and October. Temperatures vary hugely with altitude and location, but it’s usually a fine, clear sky and sunny weather – it’s a great time to visit Zanzibar.

During November and December there’s another rainy season: the ‘short rains’. These are much lighter than the main rains and less reliable.

January and February is Tanzania’s ‘short dry season’, before starting to rain again in March.

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