Cameroon's climate is as varied as its geography. High humidity and temperatures with little seasonal variations characterize the coast and southern lowlands. In the north, extremely high temperatures and little or no humidity are normal, although seasonal fluctuations occur.
In Yaounde, humidity and temperatures are lower but fluctuate daily. Two rainy seasons are interspersed with two relatively dry periods. April and May bring the "mango rains." These moderately heavy rains average 8 inches monthly, then taper off into the drier months of June and July. Rainfall then increases to more than 12 inches monthly from August through November and recedes to as little as 2 inches monthly during the dry season of December through March. During the dry season temperatures may peak above 100°F and dust is a serious problem.
Diverse, with coastal plain in southwest, dissected plateau in center, mountains in the west, plains in the north
Petroleum, bauxite, iron ore, timber, hydropower
Volcanic activity with periodic releases of poisonous gases from Lake Nyos and Lake Monoun volcanoes
99 Square Miles
256 Square Kilometers
Water-borne diseases are prevalent; deforestation; overgrazing; desertification; poaching; overfishing
Environment - International Agreements:
Party To: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands, Whaling
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements