Dire Dawa, Ethiopia: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Dire Dawa, Ethiopia? If you're planning to go to Dire Dawa, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

Based on the climate and weather in Dire Dawa, the best time to go is January. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Dire Dawa, Ethiopia by month

January

If you are traveling to Dire Dawa in January, you will notice that it is hot and dry with little rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts

February

If you are traveling to Dire Dawa in February, you will notice that it is pretty consistently hot. Expect it to rain sometimes. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion

March

If you visit Dire Dawa during March, you are likely to find that it is consistently hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts

April

April here is extremely hot. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage

May

May for Dire Dawa can be very hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses

June

June in this region is unbearably hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures average in the 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Light dresses
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Light shorts
  • Tank tops
  • Thin short sleeve shirts

July

If you go to Dire Dawa in July, you will notice that it is really hot. Expect it to rain occasionally. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat

August

In August, Dire Dawa is extremely hot and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 80s F (low 30s C) and about half of the time jump into the low 90s F (low 30s C) range.

At night, lows are in the low 60s F (high 10s C). This is also a rainy time for Dire Dawa, with several of the days of the month having rain.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals

September

If you vacation in Dire Dawa during September, you are likely to find that it can be very hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses

October

Traveling to Dire Dawa in October, you will notice that it can be sweltering and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts

November

Traveling to Dire Dawa in November, you will notice that it can be very hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts

December

If you go to Dire Dawa in December, you will notice that it is hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Dire Dawa, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C, F and G
  • A SIM card that works in Dire Dawa
  • Pickpocketing is an issue, so wear a money belt or neck pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear

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