Climate Of Ethiopia And The Best Time Of The Year To Visit
The gorgeous, traditional, classy African country of Ethiopia, with its diverse culture, myriad indigenous tribes, glorious religious festivals, and extreme climate is one of the most frequented destinations in the continent. Tourists often wonder which time of the year will be the best to visit Ethiopia, considering the variations in climate at different places of the country. Though the country lies very close to the equatorial belt, the climate surprisingly is not predominantly tropical as it is supposed to be, due to the expansive mass and the altitude of 1500 meters at which Ethiopia lies.
To decide on the best time of the year to visit the country, it is important to know the climatic extremities that Ethiopia drowns in. From recording some of the highest temperatures at the Dallol Depression, the chilling frost covered mountains of the Ethiopian Highlands to the tropical humidity prevailing in the Southern Ethiopia, this country is rife with variations in climate. If you want to visit Ethiopia in the wet season, the best time is from mid-June to mid-September, or during February- March when you can experience some gentle cool showers.
In general, the climate of Ethiopia is divided into three zones, namely Dega, Woyina Dega, and Qola. Dega encompasses the cool zone, lying above 2600 meters from the sea level, wherein one can experience temperatures near the freezing point to approximately 16 degree Celsius. Areas experiencing the Woyina Dega type of climate enjoy moderate kind of temperatures ranging from 16 degrees to 30 degrees, essentially a temperate sort of climate. Tropical and arid conditions prevail in the Qola zone, incorporating areas lying below 1500 meters and temperatures varying between 27 to 50 degrees Celsius. Extreme Qola conditions are often referred to as Bereha.
Though Ethiopia welcomes its visitors to its lap all through the year, the best time to visit the country is from October to January, when the end of the rainy season heralds the season of full bloom. The wet climate is generally not considered the best time to visit by tourists due to the dilapidated plight of the roads. Hence the dry season is by far the best time of the year when you can visit the country and indulge in its mystics.
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