Ivory Coast Weather and Climate
According to COUNTRYAAH, Ivory Coast is a West African state (320,763 km²). Capital: Yamoussoukro. Administrative division: provinces (50). Population: 20,798,000 residents (2008 estimate). Language: French (official). Religion: Muslims 38.7%, Catholics 20.8%, Protestants 5.3%, animists / traditional beliefs 17%, non-religious / atheists 13.4%, others 4.8%. Monetary unit: CFA franc (100 cents). Human Development Index: 0.431 (166th place). Borders: Mali and Burkina Faso (N), Ghana (E), Atlantic Ocean (Gulf of Guinea) (S), Liberia Guinea (W). Member of: CEDAO, UN, AU and WTO, EU associate.
From the Gulf of Guinea to the South, the Ivory Coast goes North up to the Sudanese highlands; it has a not very complex morphology, just as the geological structure is simple. In fact, the country rests on a base of Precambrian rocks (schists, gneisses, quartzites, granites), with a prevalence of granite outcrops in the northern and western regions, and vast schist formations in the south-eastern ones. Finally, the eastern coastal strip has a sedimentary cover from the Cenozoic era, with limited more recent alluvial overlaps. Flat areas and tabular expanses prevail; the prolonged process of erosion has worn out the reliefs everywhere. Three main physical regions can be distinguished: a flat southern belt, which penetrates deeply into the interior and is dominated by various bumps, whose altitude does not exceed 200 m; a central area, with relatively higher isolated peaks (Mount Tiguititi, 604 m) and which to the W is bumpy by the offshoots of the Nimba massif (Mount Tonkoui, 1189 m), extreme eastern stretch of the wide Guinean ridge; finally a northern region of highlands, with an average altitude of 350-500 m, which form vast tabular expanses separated from each other by steep escarpments and also dominated in the western section by granite outcrops (Mount Tiouri, 914 m). The coast, which extends for 550 km, is mostly rocky to the W, given that here the reliefs go as far as the sea, low and sandy to the E, where it has a characteristic series of lagoons up to the border with Ghana (of Ébrié, Aby etc.) that form an almost uninterrupted body of water for almost 350 km.
Optimal travel time for the regions
In the following overview you can see the best travel time depending on the region (Ivory Coast).
|Place||Best travel time|
|Abidjan||all except May, June and July|
|Ferkessédougou||January, June, October, November and December|
Temperatures, precipitation, sunshine in Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
|Daytime temperature||31 ° C||32 ° C||32 ° C||32 ° C||31 ° C||29 ° C||28 ° C||27 ° C||28 ° C||29 ° C||31 ° C||31 ° C|
|Night temperature||23 ° C||24 ° C||25 ° C||25 ° C||24 ° C||23 ° C||23 ° C||22 ° C||23 ° C||23 ° C||24 ° C||24 ° C|
|Water temperature||27 ° C||27 ° C||28 ° C||28 ° C||28 ° C||27 ° C||26 ° C||24 ° C||25 ° C||25 ° C||27 ° C||27 ° C|
|Precipitation in mm||15||49||107||141||292||593||205||37||81||136||144||74|
|Hours of sunshine||7||7||7||7||6||4||4||4||5||6||7||7|
The annual average temperature in Abidjan is 26.4 ° C. For comparison: Munich reaches an average of 8.6 ° C, in Berlin it is 9.6 ° C. The warmest month is March (27.8 ° C), coldest month of August, with mean values of 24.1 ° C. The maximum water temperature in Abidjan is 28 ° C. Comfortable bathing is possible at these temperatures. All months have a water temperature of at least 21 ° C and are therefore suitable for a beach holiday.
The annual precipitation is 1874 mm on 102 days with precipitation. For comparison: In Munich, 967 mm, in Berlin 570 mm, precipitation is measured annually. The months of May, June and July are considered the rainy season, as more than 175 mm of precipitation can be expected per month. In total, about 1090 mm of precipitation can be expected in the rainy season. You cannot expect snow in any month in Abidjan.
As our climate table shows, November is the sunniest month with an average of 7.4 hours of sunshine per day. On average over the year, the sun shines 5.9 hours per day. For comparison: In Munich and Berlin, the sun shines an average of 4.7 hours per day throughout the year.
The following larger towns are nearby and have a similar climate: Abobo.