Zambezi, Zambia

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Location of Zambezi in Zambia

Zambezi is a town in the North-Western Province of Zambia, lying on the Zambezi River and the M8 road, west of Kabompo. It is known for the palaces of the chiefs of the Balunda and Balovale people. Until about 1966 it was called Balovale after the dominant chief (and his village within the town is still known by that name) but the name was changed in an attempt to defuse tensions between the main groups and the government of the newly independent country.

The Chinyingi Suspension Bridge spans the river just to the north-west of the town.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Zambezi, Zambia (1961-1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 35.6
(96.1)
34.5
(94.1)
34.1
(93.4)
33.7
(92.7)
33.3
(91.9)
32.2
(90)
32.3
(90.1)
36.0
(96.8)
38.4
(101.1)
38.1
(100.6)
37.6
(99.7)
35.1
(95.2)
38.4
(101.1)
Average high °C (°F) 28.7
(83.7)
28.7
(83.7)
29.2
(84.6)
29.5
(85.1)
28.5
(83.3)
26.9
(80.4)
27.2
(81)
30.0
(86)
33.4
(92.1)
33.0
(91.4)
30.3
(86.5)
28.7
(83.7)
29.5
(85.1)
Daily mean °C (°F) 22.3
(72.1)
22.6
(72.7)
22.5
(72.5)
21.8
(71.2)
19.1
(66.4)
16.7
(62.1)
16.8
(62.2)
20.0
(68)
24.1
(75.4)
24.6
(76.3)
23.2
(73.8)
22.6
(72.7)
21.4
(70.5)
Average low °C (°F) 17.3
(63.1)
17.6
(63.7)
17.1
(62.8)
14.9
(58.8)
10.7
(51.3)
7.1
(44.8)
6.9
(44.4)
9.9
(49.8)
14.4
(57.9)
16.7
(62.1)
17.2
(63)
17.5
(63.5)
13.9
(57)
Record low °C (°F) 9.2
(48.6)
12.3
(54.1)
11.0
(51.8)
6.5
(43.7)
3.0
(37.4)
−2.2
(28)
0.2
(32.4)
1.4
(34.5)
6.2
(43.2)
9.0
(48.2)
11.3
(52.3)
12.4
(54.3)
−2.2
(28)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 234.7
(9.24)
195.5
(7.697)
171.8
(6.764)
40.2
(1.583)
2.2
(0.087)
0.9
(0.035)
0.0
(0)
0.4
(0.016)
8.7
(0.343)
50.6
(1.992)
142.7
(5.618)
209.7
(8.256)
1,057.4
(41.63)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 22 19 17 5 0 0 0 0 1 8 16 20 108
Average relative humidity (%) 78.1 78.9 77.4 68.9 62.2 58.1 51.9 45.7 40.5 56.6 65.1 75.5 63.2
Mean monthly sunshine hours 170.5 156.8 195.3 255.0 297.6 291.0 306.9 303.8 273.0 248.0 189.0 167.4 2,854.3
Source: NOAA[1]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 13°33′S 23°07′E / 13.550°S 23.117°E / -13.550; 23.117