Country Overview For Lesotho
The climate in Lesotho is typically temperate; cool to cold, dry winters; hot, wet summers. The terrain: mostly highland with plateaus, hills, and mountains. For Maseru in January the daily average maximum temperatures is 31°C with the average minimum 15°C, while in June the average maximum is 19°C with a minimum of -2°C. The wettest month for Maseru is January with an average of 95.5mm of precipitation falling while the driest month is July with 3.9mm falling.
HISTORICAL MONTHLY AVERAGES FOR JANUARY
The information presented below gives detailed historical monthly average weather conditions along with exceptional weather occurrences. To maintain relevance to current weather trends the displayed information has been calculated using data collected over the past two decades. The climate profile is taken from closest available data source to Maseru.
Throughout the month of January daytime temperatures will generally reach highs of around 31°C that's about 88°F. At night the average minimum temperature drops down to around 15°C, that's 59°F.
In recent times the highest recorded temperature in January has been 39°C that's 102°F, with the lowest recorded temperature 6°C, about 42°F.
The average daily relative humidity for January is around 51%.
The Heat Index is a measure of how hot it feels when relative humidity is added to actual air temperature. From this a comfort level is calculated providing categories on how heat conditions might adversely affect someone.
Comfort Levels: Given average maximum temperatures and humidity levels caution is advised. Fatigue is possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity for those in high risk groups of possible heat disorders (see heat index for more information).
The average monthly amount of precipitation has been recorded at around 96 mm, that's 4 inches. Throughout the month you can expect to see rain or drizzle falling on 11 days of the month.
Estimated Hours of Sunshine per Day
We calculate sunshine hours per day using our past forecast data. For January expect the sun to shine for an average of 11 hours per day. This represents the average number of hours in the daytime that the sun is visible and not obscured by cloud e.g. the average number of hours the sun is actually out and shining. Note we calculate hours of sunshine per day using our past forecast data, not observation data, thus it is an estimate and not actual.
The average daily wind speed in January has been around 12 km/h, that’s the equivalent to about 7 mph, or 6 knots. In recent years the maximum sustained wind speed has reached 83 km/h, that’s the equivalent of around 52 mph, or 45 knots.
On average the month of January is not affected by foggy conditions.
YEARLY TRENDS: WEATHER AVERAGES & EXTREMES
The following charts show yearly weather trends with information on monthly weather averages and extremes.
The chart below plots the average high and low temperature for each month of the year. It also shows the maximum and minimum recorded temperatures.
The chart below plots the average monthly precipitation amount.
The chart below plots the average number of days in any month that you can expect to see rain falling.
The chart below plots the average daily wind speed you can expect for any month. It also shows the maximum recorded sustained wind speed for each month.