When to Go in Antananarivo

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Following is an Antananarivo when to go guide that will help tourists decide the best time to visit this city.

Due to its elevation of 1300 to 1400 meters (approximately 4265 feet) above sea level, Antananarivo has a temperate climate. According to the Koppen climate classification, this Moroccan city features a kind of subtropical highland climate, which makes Antananarivo much cooler than most of the other coastal regions in the country. It is important for tourists to understand that seasons here are the opposite of seasons in the United States or Europe, as Antananarivo falls in the southern hemisphere. This means that summer, the dry season, is from December to March, and the rainy season is from April to November.

Dry Season

The dry season in Antananarivo lasts from December to March. During this time of the year, days are sunny and warm, often reaching about 26 degrees Celsius in the day and falling to about 10 to 15 degrees during the nights. Temperatures in the city can also be quite low in the mornings and evenings, making Antananarivo relatively chilly. In fact, temperatures in the city very rarely exceed 26 degrees, even on the warmest days of the year.

Rainy season

Most of the city’s rainfall is recorded from April to November. On an average, it measures about 55 inches (1.4 meters) of rainfall. Surprisingly, temperatures in the city tend to be higher during the rainy season compared to the dry season. Temperatures are usually between 27 and 32 degrees during this time of the year. Frosts in Antananarivo are very rare, and are more common at higher elevations. 

Antananarivo does not have a specific winter season, due to its geographical location. However, the weather becomes extremely pleasant in the middle of the year. The best time to visit this city is between May and October, as there is little rain during this time and it is much cooler as well. Because precipitation is fairly low during this time of the year, it is the ideal time for tourists to explore the city and its surrounding areas.

On the other hand, tourists who are looking to travel off the beaten track should completely avoid visiting the city in the rainy season. This is especially true for those who prefer to go trekking, hiking or simply exploring the surrounding areas. This is because will find muddy roadways around this time of the year that will make traveling a lot more difficult.

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