About Ivory Coast
Sara and John say...
Heat and humidity are familiar companions across the Ivory Coast. However, there is variety through the year.
The most comfortable time for many visitors tends to be the dry season that occurs through the winter months.
From December to February, sunny skies prevail, although coastal areas can catch the odd shower. Humidities are relatively low, but daytime temperatures still routinely reach the 30s Celsius, and even higher across some inland areas, where a hot and dry Harmattan wind from the Sahara is common at this time of year.
Nights are cooler, though, especially inland, and can even fall into single figures in some upland valleys.
Through the next few months, in response to soaring heat and humidity, monsoon rains progress north across the country. By May, the wet season is established across the whole of the country, and prevails for several months.
The rains occur in the form of intense downpours, particularly through the afternoon. That said, there are still some drier periods on most days. However, with high humidities, conditions can feel very uncomfortable, particularly at night.
Coastal areas are wettest, although conditions become drier here for a while during August.
The rains retreat southwards through the autumn months, although showers linger along the coast into winter.
Sunscreen is a ‘must’, whatever the time of year.