Freetown Flights and Travel Guide

Freetown

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Freetown

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Freetown - introduction

Freetown is the capital city of Sierra Leone, a country on the West Coast of Africa. The city is home to 1.2 million people and is a vivid mixture of all of the country's ethnic groups. It is also the country's center of economy, finance and culture as well as an important regional hub. It also serves as a major port city on the Atlantic Ocean. The city lies on a peninsula, stretched along the estuary of the Sierra Leone River, and nestled at the foot of the mountains.

Freetown has a rich history. It was founded originally as a stopover for merchants. Later, however, it gained a darker face as a major slave trade center in 16th century. Freetown was founded in 1792 by Lieutenant John Clarkson and freed American slaves, and was the first capital to be established as such.

Today the city features numerous interesting historical landmarks, the most important being the the famous Cotton tree, a city symbol since its foundation in 1792. The city is also home to Fourah Bay College, which was founded already in 1827, making it the oldest university in West Africa. However, Freetown's main attractions are the beautiful beaches nearby, including Lumley beach, Lakka beach, No. 2 River beach and Toke beach. There visitors can enjoy diving, surfing, swimming and fishing.

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Freetown - Climate

Freetown has a tropical climate and experiences a dry and a rainy season. The rainy season takes place from May to October, the begining and end of which are marked by strong thunderstorms. From November to February the humidity abates due to the Harmattan winds blowing in from the Sahara desert. This is also the coolest time of the year. Temperature fluctuation throughout the year ranges from 21 to 31 degrees Celsius.

January average temperature 27 deg Celsius 3 mm rainfall
February average temperature 27 deg Celsius, 3 mm rainfall
March average temperature 27 deg Celsius, 3 mm rainfall
April average temperature 27 deg Celsius, 9 mm rainfall
May average temperature 28 deg Celsius, 108 mm rainfall
June average temperature 27 deg Celsius, 252 mm rainfall
July average temperature 26 deg Celsius, 450 mm rainfall
August average temperature 26 deg Celsius, 495 mm rainfall
September average temperature 26 deg Celsius, 264 mm rainfall
October average temperature 26 deg Celsius, 144 mm rainfall
November average temperature 27 deg Celsius, 51 mm rainfall
December average temperature 27 deg Celsius, 0 mm rainfall

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Freetown - When To Go

The best time to visit is during the dry season, from November to April.

 

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Current weather in
Freetown
Strong thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy. Mild.
26°C
25°C

Sunday
Strong thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy. Mild.
Chance of Precip.: 90 %
Wind: WSW 13 km/h

Heavy rain. Mostly cloudy. Warm.
28°C
25°C

Monday
Heavy rain. Mostly cloudy. Warm.
Chance of Precip.: 85 %
Wind: S 15 km/h

Tstorms early. More sun than clouds. Warm.
28°C
26°C

Tuesday
Tstorms early. More sun than clouds. Warm.
Chance of Precip.: 71 %
Wind: SW 12 km/h

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