Equatorial Guinea Weather and Climate
According to COUNTRYAAH, Equatorial Guinea is a Central African state (28,051 km²). Capital: Malabo. Administrative division: regions (2). Population: 1,180,000 residents (2008 estimate). Language: French and Spanish (official), Pidgin English, Creole-Portuguese. Religion: Catholics 93.6%, others 6.4%. Monetary unit: CFA franc (100 cents). Human Development Index: 0.717 (115th place). Borders: Cameroon (N), Gabon (E and S), Gulf of Guinea (W). Member of: UN and AU, EU associate.
Due to its location directly on the equator, Equatorial Guinea has a tropical climate all year round, as is typical for these areas of the world. It is characterized by high humidity, high temperatures and high levels of precipitation. In the course of the year there are also less humid phases, so that we are talking about a tropical monsoon climate.
The temperatures are constant all year round at an average of 23 to 26 ° C and therefore hardly fluctuate. Even in the alternation of day and night, the mercury column moves only a little. Only on the Pico Basilé on the island of Bioko in the Gulf of Guinea, at more than 3,000 m the highest mountain in the country, the temperatures are lower due to the altitude.
The annual rainfall on the island of Bioko is about 2,000 mm. A similar amount of rain falls on the mainland. As is typical for a tropical country, it rains heavily in Equatorial Guinea almost all year round. Only in January and February does the rain fall a little across the country and it is then relatively dry. The maximum values reached the rainfall on the island of Bioko from May to October, while the ceilings on the mainland will be made twice a year: March to June and then again in the months from September to December. Tornadoes and cyclones can also occur during these times.
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Best time to travel to Equatorial Guinea
Far more than the temperature, the rain is the central factor when planning a tour to Equatorial Guinea. The best times to travel are the relatively dry months of December, January and February. This way you avoid the heavy rains during the rest of the time. In addition to the drought, the winter months also have the advantage that the sun at this time slightly more often appears as in the rest of the year.
If you are traveling on the mainland of Equatorial Guinea, the months of June, July and August are also suitable. During this time it is drier here than the rest of the year. However, it is cloudy more often than at the turn of the year.
During the rainy season, many of the often unpaved roads and slopes in Equatorial Guinea can hardly be used due to landslides and floods. Therefore, many travel destinations can either not be reached at all or only with great expenditure of time.