The weather in Zambia is not unbearable, despite the country's close proximity to the equator. With the exception of the lowlands, Zambia's high altitude makes for more of a moderate climate than most expats might expect.

The majority of the country sits at an elevation that enjoys a warm temperate climate. Sunshine is abundant, humidity is low and temperatures are less extreme than in the lowlands. These areas experience a rainy season from October to February, marked by heavy rains and flooding.

On the other hand, the Zambia's low-slung river valleys experience a typical tropical climate characterised by high temperatures and a lack of a true cold season. The rainy period between October and February can feel oppressive, and the sub-standard medical care means that malaria and sleeping sickness are a constant threat. Expats living in these parts of Zambia should take preventative measures against these diseases.

The cool season in Zambia is from May to mid-August; temperatures range from 50°F (10°C) to 81°F (27°C). Between November and February, the weather in Zambia ranges from 64°F (18°C) to 95°F (35°C).