Overview of Burkina Faso Weather

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa. It is bordered by Niger to the east, Benin to the southeast, Ghana to the southwest, the Ivory Coast to the southwest, and Mali to the northwest. The country’s size is approximately 274,200 square kilometers (105,900 sq mi) with an estimated population of 20,321,378 people. Its capital is Ouagadougou.

The climate of Burkina Faso is tropical. The rainy season lasts from May to October, when temperatures are also cooler. The harmattan, a hot, dry, dusty wind, blows from December to February.

The average temperature is 28.0 °C (82.4 °F). The hottest months are February and March, when the average temperature is around 32 °C (89.6 °F). The coolest months are December and January, when the average temperature is around 23 °C (73.4 °F).

The average rainfall is 813.6 mm (32.04 in). The wettest months are July and August, when the average rainfall is around 125.7 mm (4.96 in). The driest months are January and February, when the average rainfall is around 3.8 mm (0.15 in).

Burkina Faso is prone to droughts. The last major drought occurred in the Sahel region in the 1970s, when up to 100,000 people died.