WEATHER IN THE GAMBIA

The Gambia has a sub-tropical climate with plenty of sunshine throughout the year and average temperature highs between 29°C and 34°C. There are two distinct seasons. Towards the end of October the dry season begins and the humidity decreases; the Gambian beaches are the perfect setting for your winter sun holiday. It won’t be until mid to late June that any rain is seen again, marking the start of the green season; at this time the generally short lived showers can be spectacular and you’ll know that it won’t be long before everything is bathed in sunshine once more. The dry land soaks up the rain becoming lush and green and teaming with wildlife.

 

The Gambia Climate Comparison Chart

The following chart shows a comparison between The Gambia and London of average hours of sunshine per day and temperature over the period of 12 months.

November | December | January | February | March

April - July | August - October

 

  Nov Dev Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct  
Sunshine 8 9 9 10 10 10 10 9 6 6 6 8 The Gambia
Hours 2 1 1 2 4 5 6 7 6 6 5 3 London
 
Temp
(at max)
32 31 31 32 34 33 32 32 30 29 31 32 The Gambia
°C 10 7 6 7 10 13 17 20 22 21 19 14 London
 

The Gambia Weather in November

In November you can expect 8 hours of sunshine a day and average temperature highs of 32°C as the months of unbroken sunshine begin and the humidity starts to decrease.

 

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Tiered pool at Coco Ocean
 

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Pool at Ngala Lodge
 

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The Gambia Weather in December

The humidity is now much more comfortable and remains low throughout the winter and well into spring. On average days in December there are 9 hours of sunshine with temperature highs of around 31°C. Enjoy Christmas day relaxing on the beach while behind the scenes your festive celebration is being prepared.

New pool at Ngala
 

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Culture, Language & Religion

Swimming pool
 

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Simon Galloway
 

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The Gambia Weather in January

The wonderful winter sun weather continues into the New Year making the Gambia a great setting for the annual celebrations. Some winter evenings can be a little chilly so do bring a light jacket or shawl.

 

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Nightlife

The pool at night
 

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The main swimming pool
 

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The Gambia Weather in February

February through to May sees the longest hours of sunshine, averaging 10 hours a day. Chris Packham leads our annual bird-watching tours and it’s your last chance to see birds such as the Egyptian Plover until well into the summer months.

Ngala's restaurant
 

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Jola Festival
 

Festivals & Music

The creek at Mandina
 

Hotels for Couples

Sustainable Tourism
 

Sustainable Tourism

The Gambia Weather in March

March tends to be the hottest month of the year with average highs of 34°C, low humidity and 10 hours of sunshine. It’s sizzling!

Airplane in flight
 

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Fathala Wildlife Reserve Pool
 

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Gambia Guide

The Gambia Weather in April

Though slightly cooler than March, on average, April is still one of the hottest months of the year. However, humidity remains low and sunshine hours remain long.

 

Economy

 

Discover The Gambia

Cape Point beach
 

Travel

Chris Packham
 

Birdwatching Holidays

The Gambia Weather in May

You can still expect an average of 10 hours of sunshine a day, temperature highs of 32°C and no rain. Beaches are wonderfully uncrowded at this time of year as there are fewer flights to the destination.

Swimming pool
 

Hotels in The Gambia

 

History

Airplane in flight through clouds
 

Flights to The Gambia

Delta Views
 

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The Gambia Weather in June

Most of June remains dry, usually with just the odd shower from the middle of the month onwards when humidity levels rise. Birds such as the Village Weaver take on their summer plumage.

 

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Culture, Language & Religion

Sunset on Kotu Beach
 

Late Availability

New pool at Ngala
 

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The Gambia Weather in July

This month really marks the start of the green season but showers are most frequent at night and are nearly always short in duration with the sun soon reappearing for an average of 6 hours a day from July to September. Expect temperature highs around 30°C.

 

How do I get around?

A sunset drink
 

Holidays for Couples

Chris Packham
 

Birdwatching Holidays

 

Unique Hotels & Lodges

The Gambia Weather in August

August is generally the coolest month of the year but still averages highs of 29°C. It is also the wettest and most humid month; however, tourists tend to find the rain has little impact on their holidays.

 

Food & Restaurants

 

Festivals & Music

Children's play area at Ocean Bay Hotel
 

Gambia Family Holidays

 

Economy

The Gambia Weather in September

Temperatures slowly start to climb with an average maximum of 31°C. Humidity remains high with short showers interspersing the sunshine and the sea and pool water is beautifully warm.

 

Nightlife

Leo's Beach Hotel - stunning ocean view from standard room
 

Special Deals

Bijilo Beach
 

Beachfront Hotels

Ngala Lodge beach decking at sunset
 

Hotels for Couples

The Gambia Weather in October

Although it is still humid with very warm evenings, the number of rain showers reduces and the amount of sunshine increases to a very respectable average of 8 hours a day. And you can expect temperature highs of 32°C.

 

Shopping

Swimming pool
 

The Luxury Experience

Communtiy Tree Planting
 

Sustainable Tourism

Two-storey Stilted Lodge at Mandina
 

Hotels for Birdwatching

 

VIEW HOLIDAY IDEAS

Tempted by the fantastic weather in The Gambia? Get even more inspired by the prospect of a holiday to The Gambia by checking out our Holiday Ideas page, offering advice and insight into a range of holiday types to suit you.

 

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