The climate is largely influenced by the offshore Benguela current. The current gives the city a surprisingly low humidity despite its low latitude, which makes the warmer months considerably more bearable than similar cities in Western/Central Africa. The city receives an average of 323mm 12.7in of rain a year, mostly in March and April and no rain from June through October. However, this is quite variable depending on the strength of the current and the coefficient of variation is 40% there can be a sixfold difference between rain received in the driest of years and wettest of years. The temperatures are fairly stable year-round, with the coldest months being July 24 max/19 minand August and the warmest months being January 31 max/25 min to April.