Open Skies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    Oct 25, 2016 @ 10:16 AM / by Philli Wong

    Despite its proximity to the equator, Ethiopia’s high altitude (2,400m/7,800ft) maintains a moderate climate year-round, with average temperatures ranging from 7°C-25°C (45-77°F). There are two rainy seasons here: the irregular short rains from late January to early March, and the long rains that stretch from June until mid-September. 

    During my August survey in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I experienced daily rain showers, which came in many forms: sometimes torrential but quick, other times lighter but longer lasting, and still others that resulted in a heavy mix of hail. One consistency with this daily precipitation was that the first raindrops appeared greyish in color, as they mixed with the dirt and smoke in the air.


    Real estate sources that I met with noted that pollution from vehicles in urban areas and inadequate drainage systems, resulted in poor air quality, and minor flooding during these downpours. Although I typically avoided extended periods outdoors, there were times that I got caught in the rain and no umbrella was good enough to keep the water from soaking my shoes and covering them in mud. Thankfully shoe cleaners can easily be found on every corner to meet this seemingly daily need.

    This post is taken from On-site Insight, AIRINC’s in-house global mobility blog. On-site Insight provides AIRLinc subscribers with an exclusive “behind-the-surveys” insight into new and existing expatriate locations based on commentary and photos from our global research team. Included is information on general living conditions as well as changing costs for both goods and services and housing and utilities, along with much, much more! To find out more, click here.

    Topics: On-site Insight, Ethiopia, Insights and Experience, Addis Ababa

    Philli Wong

    Written by Philli Wong

    Philli joined AIRINC in 2011 as a researcher, she moved to the client engagement team in 2020, and joined the marketing team in 2021. Philli primarily looks after the Chinese-speaking market, and coordinates marketing activities in APAC. While in her researcher role, Philli conducted researches in over 200 locations in more than 90 countries. Philli received her B.A. in Chinese Business Studies from Hong Kong Baptist University, and gained experience in a Chinese financial institute prior to joining AIRINC. In addition to English, Philli speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, and intermediate Spanish. She is based in Hong Kong, and her clients are based in Greater China.