The climate in Timbuktu is hot and dry. It seems to be getting hotter every year.
This chart shows the daily highs and lows for July 2008
through April 2009. These temperatures were taken out of
doors in the shade though due to the insulating factor of
the proximity to the buiding where the thermometer was
placed could lead to slightly lower highs in the day and
slightly higher lows in the night than would be measured in
the open air. All Temperatures shown are in degrees
The climate is characterized by three principal seasons.
The Hot season (March - June)
The Rainy season (July -October)
The Cold season (November-February)
These seasons gradually shift from one to the next and in
some local languages they have terms for two short
transitional seasons that mark the change from the hot to
the rainy and the rainy to the cold. Thus the temperature
gradually increases starting from the end of February and
by the end of March it is defiantly hot. April and May are
super hot. In June the first rumbling of coming storms
begin to manifest.
By July there are definitely storms, which in Timbuktu, are
heralded by a growing clowd on the northern or eastern
horizon and perhaps thunder and lightning. A dust storm
blows across the land and may or may not be followed by
rain. The sky is hazy and stuffy with humidity prior to the
storms. The rain, if it comes, pulls the dust out of the
atmosphere and the temperature drops (even if the rain fell
at least nearby). These storms are common throughout July
and August and peter out in September. Through this time
the temperature lowers some but it is difficult to
appreciate it as the increased humidity negates the effect.
There may be a last rain in October but with the reduction
of humidity as the season ends you can feel that the base
temperature has lowered. Through November the temperature
slowly decreases, the months of December and January being
agreeable during the day and genuinely cool at night. By
February the temperature begins to rise again.
Typically the daily highs are quite high but the lows are
tolerable even in the hottest months. Yet in the last
couple of years night time temperatures have not decreased
Below are average temperature statistics for Timbuktu for
the year 2008 2009 I have just a snippet of data from 2005;
as you can see the average lows for the month of May 2005
are equal to the lows of October in 2008 despite the fact
the the highs are much greater.