Pointe-Noire is the second largest city in the Republic of the Congo, after capital of Brazzaville, and an autonomous department since 2004. It is situated on a headland between Pointe-Noire Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Pointe-Noire is the main commercial centre of the country and has a population of about 800,000, expanding to well over 1 million when the entire metropolitan area is taken into account.
Pointe-Noire has a tropical climate with temperatures mostly between 20 °C and 25 °C at night and 25 °C to 30 °C during the day. June to September is the slightly cooler time and also the driest as there is virtually no rainfall at all, as opposed to 200mm or more per month from November till March.
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