The rainfall also defines the seasons in Rwanda. There is the long rainy season which lasts from March until May and during this time, the rain is too heavy and persistent. More so, June to September brings the long dry season, which brings some cloud cover and might also come with rare light showers. The short rains also follow in October and November before a short dry spell that return from December to February.
Rwanda is a high elevation level and the lowest lying areas are estimated at about 900m above sea level. This mountainous land scape is in the gorilla trekking areas, and it means that the altitude can also reach at 3000m. The height combined with Rwanda’s closeness to the equator also allows the country to experience a tropical climate with the temperatures that remain constant throughout the year. The average temperatures are also at mid to low 20s degrees Celsius.
Rwanda is also has only degrees south of the equator, though its altitude also means the temperatures are rarely extreme in the 70s F/22-27 C during day time and 60s F/16-21 C at night. You can also expect frost in the high mountains. January, July up to September are known to be dry seasons. In the rainy season, heavy rainy pours and these occur on a daily basis, and after the showers is over, the rest of the day might be sunny. It can also rain at any time with in volcanoes National park and the area receives 90% of the rainfall that falls on the country.