Tropical along coast, semiarid in far north; three seasons - warm and dry November to March, hot and dry March to May, hot and wet June to October. The coast has heavy surf and no natural harbors; during the rainy season torrential flooding is possible.
Mostly flat to undulating plains; mountains in northwest. Most of the inhabitants live along the sandy coastal region. Apart from the capital area, the forested interior is sparsely populated. The highest point is Mont Nimba 1,752 meters.