The DRC straddles the equator and therefore experiences a tropical climate. South of the equator there are frequent, heavy rains between October and May, and north of the equator the rain falls between April and November. The eastern highlands have a more temperate climate, while the southern highlands are alpine. In the low, central basin average annual temperatures are around 77°F (25°C), while at the higher altitudes the temperatures hover around 68°F (20°C). The average annual rainfall in Kinshasa is 56 inches (1,422mm).