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Climate in Niger
Niger is known for its extreme heat and aridity, which discourages many travellers. Between March and June temperatures can rise above 113F (45C). This kind of heat makes desert travel unbearable for much of the year.
The average maximum temperatures in Niger range between 87F and 105F (31C and 41C). However, the nights are generally cool or even cold, with temperatures dropping below 68F (20C) in summer and in winter; temperatures can drop below 50F (10C) in central and north-eastern parts of the country.
Niger's terrain is predominantly desert plains and sand dunes, but the extreme south of the country, on the edge of the Niger River Basin, is lusher with a tropical climate. Rain is very rare in the desert region but rainfall increases in the south, which has a brief rainy season between late May and September. Most rain falls in July and August.
The best time to visit Niger is between December and February, which is the coolest and driest period in the country. Travellers should be sure to take appropriate measures to protect themselves from the heat and sun, and must stay well-hydrated at all times.