Climate of Ghana

What is the climate like in Ghana? A climate has a lot of influence on how a land forms, looks and on the lifestyle of the people living in that country. Like the typically dusty red sand of Ghana that is formed by wind, rain and the mixture of minerals with the sand. The climate of Ghana is roughly divided as follows: the bulk of Ghana has a tropical climate, the southwestern region mainly has a tropical monsoon climate and in the far north of Ghana the climate is predominantly a hot steppe.

The rainy seasons in Ghana

Ghana has two rainy seasons: from April to July and from September to October. Therefore, the best time to visit Ghana is between December and February. In July and August it’s tropical hot in Ghana, so if you like heat, these are the best months to visit Ghana. The northern half of Ghana has one rainy season beginning in May and ending in late September or local early October. The south has two rainy seasons: April to early July and from September to October.

Red sand and Ghana

The red sand is a very common scene in Ghana and West Africa, but why is the sand red? Prolonged periods of heavy rainfall and intense heat mixes the soil with aluminum and iron. Sometimes the ground is hard, creating a suffocating red dust cloud when a vehicle is driving over it. The iron gives the red sand its (rusty) color.