The capital of the Central African Republic is Bangui (pronounced bang-EE). Bangui is located on the Ubangi River’s northern bank, right below a set of rapids that restrict large commercial shipping farther upriver, towards the country’s southern border. The navigable Ubangi River swings steeply south past Bangui and joins to the Congo River as its primary northern tributary just south of the Equator at Brazzaville. The river divides the Central African Republic from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Zongo, a Congolese village, is located across the river from Bangui.
Because the Central African Republic is located just north of the Equator, daily maximum temperatures seldom dip below 30°C throughout the year. From May through October, the rainy season is in full swing. Bangui is somewhat hotter and wetter than the northern portions of the nation due to its location in the south of the country and proximity to the Equator.
The Central African Republic is located close north of the Equator, with average daily temperatures of at least 30 degrees Celsius. Bangui, in the south of the nation near the Equator, is significantly hotter and wetter than the north. The climate is tropical savanna (Köppen: Aw), with dry winters. The warm season runs from 23 January to 18 March, whereas the cold season is from 20 June to 27 August, with plenty of rain and thunderstorms. The city is surrounded by lush tropical rainforests on both sides of the river. Several of its neighborhoods are located in low-lying regions that are subject to flooding on a regular basis. In June and July 2009, severe rains displaced 11,000 people.