As Zimbabwe is south of the Equator, the seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere with mid-summer at Christmas and winter lasting from May to August. Temperatures vary considerably depending on altitude, with it being warmer all year round in low-lying areas such as Kariba, Victoria Falls, Hwange and the Zambezi Valley.
In winter the days are generally dry and sunny with temperatures averaging 15 to 20 degrees C. Light to medium weight clothing is generally sufficient with a warm coat or fleece to wear outdoors on overcast or windy days.
In summer temperatures average 25 to 30 degrees C during the day, with the hottest month being October, when temperatures often exceed 32 degrees C. Light clothing is essential at this time of year, as is a hat. During the rainy season from November to March, a fleece may be needed in the evenings.
Travel during the Christmas or Easter period can be busy. It is wise to book ahead if planning to travel to National Parks and Victoria Falls during this time.
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