Thursday, April 8, 2010

The 4-1-1: Weather

The climate is very dry for most of the year in the area surrounding Niamey and Timbuktu. It is rare to see rain in Niger and Mali between mid-September and mid-May. The annual rainfall in this desert region varies from seven to twenty inches per year, coming during June, July, and August in Niger. (Burkina Faso's rainy season is a bit longer and the country receives more annual rain than do Songhai lands in Mali and Niger.)
Temperatures tend to be elevated throughout the year. In the coolest months (December to February) daytime temperatures stay between 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit, dropping into the 50-60's at night. Hot season (March to May) temperatures can be as high as 125 degrees in the shade, with high humidity.

February, March and April are extremely windy, dusty months, which can be very difficult for those with allergies and asthma.

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