IS MAY A WET OR DRY MONTH
Is May A Wet or Dry Month : May is between 70 – 80% a wet month and 10 – 20% a dry month. As you already know the Ugandan weather through the year is divided into 2 wet seasons and 2 dry seasons; these seasons are spread out through the different months of the year.
The dry seasons in the country are mostly experienced in the months of June, July and August then later on in the year in the months of December, January and February. The dry seasons in the country are characterised with a lot of sunshine, temperatures up to 33 degrees Celsius sometimes more, heat and dust. The dry seasons in the country are normally harvesting seasons in the country and usually farmers are seen harvesting and selling crops or harvesting and storing the crops. The farmers also use this time to cultivate the lands as they prepare for the rainy seasons.
Apart from the different farming activities that usually take place during the season the dry months are the months most tourists visit the pearl of Africa to experience the beauty of the land. The tourist prefer the dry seasons to visit the land, because they are less interruptions with their itineraries, the sun is out and the weather is lovely to explore the land and the wild. This is a big pro for the tourism industry in the country.
The wet seasons in the country are mostly experienced in the months of March, April and June then later on in the year in the months September, October and November. The wet seasons as the name states are marred with lots of rains – in some areas of the country they cause floods, strong winds, muddy roads and other things. These are planting seasons for the farmers in the country and also the less tourist months in the country.
In these months, though the tourists still visit the country they are few in number and also some safari activities are easily affected by the rains and the winds that dominate the seasons.
So back to May, yes it’s a wet month but as stated the month is at the ending of the first rainy season so most of it especially the first days of the months may have heavy rains but as we come to the middle of the month and then the end the rains really reduce and by the last week of the month most cases the rains have already stopped ushering us into the second dry season of the year that starts in June.
This means if you are planning to visit the pearl of Africa in May, mid-May or end of May could be the best time for you to visit the country. Because it’s towards the end of the wet season the temperatures are in between hot and cold so they are actually warm which allows you to have relaxed safari experiences that are not hot and not cold.
Also for persons planning to have a primate trekking experience either trekking mountain gorillas or chimpanzees, this is the best time to have this trek. Trekking the forest is a long and tedious experience though extremely fun, so if you trekking in warm weather, you don’t get exhausted easily and the trekking terrains are not soggy and not hard, just perfect for an uphill and downhill trek.
That said, all months are great for a safari, it actually depends on which safari activities you would want to do, some activities are actually best done in the rainy seasons like white water rafting, mountain biking and many more well as others are best done in the dry season like game viewing and others.