Snow is not something you would expect in Nigeria, a country so near the Equator.
Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa and the eighth most populated country in the world. This West African nation extends between latitudes 4∘N and 7∘N, and longitudes 2∘E and 3∘E. Nigeria shares land borders with the Republic of Benin in the West, Chad and Cameroon in the East, and Niger in the North.
As a tropical country, there are two rainy seasons in Nigeria that extend from March to June and September to November. The climate is hot and humid, with average high temperatures ranging from 80F to 97F (27°C to 36°C) throughout the nation.
When does it Snow in Nigeria?
Nigeria’s climate in tropical with a lot of rain, especially during the rainy season between March and September. But even if Nigeria has never seen any snow, there was lots of excitement in May 2016 when ice rain fell on Jos Plateu, the coldest state in Nigeria!
The plateaus lie in the rain shadow of the Jos Plateau which casts a rain shadow across the Benue River basin just as the Atlas Mountains. This was probably what made the rain become ice
Can you ski in Nigeria?
While you may be in search of picturesque mountains to ski down, you will not find them in this country. What you will discover is an adventure like no other though. From exploring Nigerian culture and history to eating some delicious Nigerian cuisine, it’s a fascinating country filled with iconic cities, adventurous wildlife and beautiful beaches. There are so many things to do in Nigeria.
You can visit the ancient city of Benin, trek through the desert, dive in the ocean, climb mountains, go whitewater rafting, snorkel in some of the most scenic locations on earth, study in some of Africa’s most prestigious universities and colleges and immerse yourself in Nigerian culture. The opportunities are limitless!