Sassandra

Sassandra
Sassandra is located in Ivory Coast
Sassandra
Sassandra
Location in Ivory Coast
Coordinates: 4°57′N 6°5′W / 4°57′N 6°5′W / 4.950; -6.083(2014)[1]
 • Total72,221
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)

Sassandra is a town in southern Ivory Coast. It is a sub-prefecture of and the seat of Sassandra Department. It is also a commune and the seat of Gbôklé Region in Bas-Sassandra District.

Sassandra lies on the Gulf of Guinea at the mouth of the Sassandra River. The town was founded by the Portuguese as Santo André and was later run by the British, then the French as a seaport for timber. The town declined in the 1960s after San Pédro's port was completed. Sassandra's main industry is now fishing.

Sassandra is known for its beaches and lighthouse, while the Gaoulou National Park lies nearby. It is served by Sassandra Airport.

Climate

Climate data for Sassandra (1961–1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30.1
(86.2)
30.1
(86.2)
31.0
(87.8)
30.9
(87.6)
29.8
(85.6)
27.9
(82.2)
27.1
(80.8)
26.5
(79.7)
27.5
(81.5)
28.5
(83.3)
29.6
(85.3)
29.5
(85.1)
29.0
(84.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 26.1
(79.0)
26.9
(80.4)
27.0
(80.6)
26.5
(79.7)
26.5
(79.7)
25.4
(77.7)
24.5
(76.1)
24.2
(75.6)
24.6
(76.3)
25.5
(77.9)
26.2
(79.2)
26.1
(79.0)
25.8
(78.4)
Average low °C (°F) 22.3
(72.1)
23.0
(73.4)
23.2
(73.8)
23.4
(74.1)
23.1
(73.6)
22.0
(71.6)
22.7
(72.9)
22.0
(71.6)
22.0
(71.6)
22.4
(72.3)
22.8
(73.0)
22.6
(72.7)
22.6
(72.7)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 15.8
(0.62)
35.7
(1.41)
52.6
(2.07)
96.9
(3.81)
235.1
(9.26)
529.1
(20.83)
191.4
(7.54)
32.1
(1.26)
43.6
(1.72)
84.5
(3.33)
119.6
(4.71)
72.8
(2.87)
1,509.2
(59.42)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 208.3 192.4 211.4 218.3 182.5 112.1 128.8 123.8 154.4 216.0 224.2 206.2 2,178.4
Source: NOAA[2]