La decouverte de la ville de Ouagadougou


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Country Flag of Burkina Faso Burkina Faso
Region Center
Province Kadiogo
Department Ouagadougou
Marin Casimir Ilboudo
2012  –
gentilé Ouagalais Ouagavillois
Population 1475223  hab .  (2006)
Density 526  inhab ./ km 2
Contact information 12 ° 21 ‘ 58  » North 1 ° 31′ 05″ West
Area 280 500 ha  =  2805  km 2
indicative phone (226) 50
Languages of Burkina Faso French Moré Dioula , Fulfulde

Geolocation on the map:  Burkina Faso

See the topographic map Burkina Faso

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position geographic

the city of Ouagadougou for the  Spot satellite

The city is located to little close to the center of the country (12: 17, 5 ‘ latitude and 1 ° 7′ longitude) in the province of  Kadiogo .
At about  300 km  to the north , we come to  Gorom-Gorom  and doors the  desert . It is then quite near the  Niger  and  Mali .
At about  200 km  to the south , we find the country  Gourounsi  with particular village Tiébélé and its houses colorful , but also the  reserve natural  to  Nazinga . The  Ghana  and  Togo  are so very close .

The station Ouagadougou

A road goes towards the southwest to  Bobo-Dioulasso . She is in very bad condition on some portions that makes it relatively dangerous . Of work has been undertaken since  2005  that have improved the security . The pause buses to  Boromo  is a moment magical for tourists as the atmosphere there is amazing and lively.

It is also possible to perform the path towards Bobo by train since Ouagadougou is connected by  road rail  to go to the  station  to Abidjan  ( Côte d’Ivoire ) way exploited by  Sitarail .

Finally , a good road  350 km  connects to the east Ouagadougou to  Fada N’Gourma  and country  Gourmantché  and across the border with the  Niger

Climate Ouagadougou

Ouagadougou is located approximately in the center of  Burkina Faso , in full area tropics .

The city is subjected to a climate tropical savanna , including two seasons : the season dry and the season of rains .

The season dry stretches from mid-October to the middle of May , approximately . This season is characterized by a more time or less hot and very dry, strong sunlight , and sometimes the wind dust . In this season , we can distinguish three periods well marked :

  • From mid-October to late November , the weather is often very hot , with the temperature minimum neighbors of 23/24 ° C and maximum ranging between 35 and 38 ° C. We can still see a few showers in the month of October , but they are most often localized and of low intensity . It is then in a period of transition, between the winds monsoon to southwest , hot and humid (which are in sharp decline , then disappear completely ), and the harmattan , a wind northeast hot , dry, and sometimes dusty which is needed every day.
  • From late November to mid-February, the harmattan is blowing. He brings an influence of the desert, a still very dry air, relatively large temperature variations between day and night, strong sunlight, sometimes hindered by a mist of airborne dust.

The temperatures are significantly less high in this period : the minimum can be lowered to 14-15 ° C, or 12 ° C very occasionally , especially late in December and January , while that the day , the maximum reach between 28 and 33 ° C. This makes the period in which it is easiest to acclimatize , thanks to the temperatures moderate and the most time often stable.

  • From late February until late April , the harmattan is in loss of speed , then finished by fall completely . Cut off from the influence of the desert and any ventilation , the city undergoes then a time scorching , with the days burning (of 38 ° C late February to 40-42 ° C and even 43 ° C in April ) and the nights warm (in average 24 to 26 ° C minimum, with even a few nights where the temperature only falls not under the 30 ° C in April ).

The first rain storm can sometimes fall to the end of the month of April , adding then the moisture in the heat , that which gives a feeling extremely heavy .

The season of rains , which extends from late May to late September , is marked by a stream southwest : the monsoon . He brings an air warm and moist , in which of the many showers and thunderstorms to develop , with a peak in August . This period corresponds to the passage of Front Intertropical (FIT) above countries Sahelian and subsahéliens . Despite the temperatures much more moderate (minimum at 21 ° C, under the rain mainly , maximums at 32 to 34 ° C), the feeling is always heavy , due to the high humidity room .

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