Sara and John say...
The climate of Togo is similar to the neighbouring countries of Ghana and Benin. Hot conditions prevail for much of the time, but humidity and rainfall vary across the country and through the year.
The most comfortable time for visitors is the winter, when humidity tends to be at its lowest. The coast, including the capital, Lomé, can still feel quite sticky; but further inland, the dry Harmattan wind from Siberia is prevalent. December to February is also the least rainy time of year.
Through the spring months the temperatures rise quickly, especially across central and northern areas, peaking near 40 Celsius by March and April.
Further south the heat is capped by increasing cloud and showers, which begin to break out more widely through the late spring months.
The rains peak in early summer across southern areas before easing for a time from July to September.
Further north, the wet season is more sustained from May through to October, hindering transport links.
At this time, although the cloud cover prevents temperatures from climbing into the 40s Celsius, the air is very humid and sultry, especially at night.
The rains ease later in the autumn, with drier and sunnier conditions returning to most of Togo by November.
Sunscreen is a ‘must’, whatever the time of year.