Today in Benin City, Nigeria
Thunderstorms. High 27C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 90%.
Partly cloudy skies this evening will become overcast overnight. Low 23C. Winds light and variable.
This weather data was last updated 2016-10-01 16:32:24.
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When you think of Nigeria weather, many people think as hot and dry but that is not necessarily the case. Nigeria is located in the tropics and that means that it can be very humid and damp. There are a total of four climate types which affect the weather in the region. Those are the equatorial monsoon or tropical rainforest climate, tropical Savannah climate, tropical dry climate and Alpine climate. The weather that you will see in Nigeria depends on where in the country you are. You will see the changes in the climate the moment that you move from one area to the next. Nigeria is not a small country so therefore it can take some time to experience all four types of climate.
The tropical rainforest climate, which is also called the equatorial monsoon, can be found to the south of Nigeria. This type of Nigeria weather sees a lot of influence from the South Atlantic Ocean which originates monsoons which are brought to the region by tropical air masses. There are small changes in the temperatures throughout the year. Warri Town, for example, has the highest average temperature at 28 Celsius (82.4 Fahrenheit) while the coldest month sees an average temperature of 26 Celsius (78.8 Fahrenheit). Because of the high amounts of rainfall in the south of Nigeria it is recommended that you check Nigeria Weather.Net if you are going to be in the area. Usually the rain totals will be the same as you would see in other tropical rainforest locations.
Tropical Wet Or Savannah Climate
The moment that you head west from the rainforest climate you will find tropical Savannah climate. This type of Nigeria weather is very different than you would find in the rainforest with a well-defined rainy season as well as a dry season. Temperatures stay above 18 Celsius (or 64 Fahrenheit) the entire year. The capital city of Abuja is found in this type of climate. The dry season starts in December and it is affected by the air masses coming from the Sahara. During the month of April you are likely to see heavy showers. Information on this type of weather can be found at www.nigeriaweather.net. By the time July comes, humidity becomes high.
Tropical Dry Climate Or Sahel
Tropical dry climate is the type of climate which you will see in most of the north of the country. This is the dry region in the country of Nigeria and the temperatures are not forgiving. June through September are the only months when the weather can feel tolerable and that is because of the rainy season. After the rainy season is over, Nigeria weather in this region can go as high as 40 Celsius (or 104 Fahrenheit). The area, which extends throughout Africa in the shape of a belt, has experienced several droughts and famine. The high temperature records were broken during one of the worst ones in 1998. The most recent drought to affect the area happened in the middle of 2010.
Alpine Or Highland Climate
The highlands in Nigeria will experience Alpine climate. These are the areas in the country which are at an altitude of 1,520 meters above the sea level. Because of its elevation, the temperatures are lower than what you would find anywhere else in Nigeria but the fact that it is in the tropics can in some cases make it feel like tropical weather. The higher the elevation the cooler the temperatures will get. The average temperature drop is about 10 degrees Celsius per every kilometer of altitude. This is probably one of the regions which are most enjoyable to visit weather wise but checking Nigeria Weather.Net should always be done to know what type of clothing you should bring.
What You Will See
The weather in West Africa is pretty much the same that you will find in the country of Nigeria. There are only two seasons throughout the year and those are the rainy season and the dry season. During the dry season, the air masses from the Sahara carry dust as well as hotter temperatures. Air masses from the south Atlantic are known as tropical maritime air masses and those affect the country during the rainy season. Getting an idea of Nigeria weather from www.nigeriaweather.net is essential in order to know what to expect when you visit. Keep in mind that the area which you are visiting will also be very important in determining how you need to prepare.