Map from Google - Benin

The climate in Benin, a small African country overlooking the Gulf of Guinea, is tropical, with a dry season in winter, and a rainy season, due to the African monsoon, which runs from May to September in the extreme north, and from mid-March to October in the south; along the coast, there's a pause in the rainy season in August.
Precipitation amount is below 1,000 millimetres (40 inches) per annum in the extreme north, where the dry season lasts nearly seven months, while in the rest of the country it ranges between 1,000 and 1,300 mm (40 and 51 in).
Here is the average precipitation of Cotonou, the main city, located on the coast.
Average precipitation - Cotonou
Prec. (mm)1035751351953551456510012540201310

And here are the average temperatures. As we can see, on the coast it is hot all year round, and the coolest months are actually those of summer, when the prevailing currents come from the sea.
Average temperatures - Cotonou
Min (°C)242526262524242324242424
Max (°C)313232323129282828303131
Min (°F)757779797775757375757575
Max (°F)889090908884828282868888

In Benin, winter, from November to January, is hot: in the north it's often torrid, and highs can exceed 35 °C (95 °F), while along the coast it's less hot, with highs around 31/32 °C (88/90 °F), but more humid, and with a bit of cloudiness in the morning.
In the centre and north, a wind from the desert blows in winter, called Harmattan, which can fill the sky with dust and make it white, creating a peculiar mist in the early hours of the day. Moreover, nights are cool in the north, and sometimes even cold, so that the lowest records are about 5 °C (41 °F).
Here are the average temperatures of Kandi, located in the north.
Average temperatures - Kandi
Min (°C)182125262523222222221817
Max (°C)313436373532302930333432
Min (°F)647077797773727272726463
Max (°F)889397999590868486919390

From February to May, the temperature increases further in the north, often reaching 40 °C (104 °F): in the extreme north, the W National Park is particularly hot, where the temperature can touch 45 °C (113 °F); the Pendjari National Park is very hot as well, however, here the rains arrive a few weeks earlier, bringing a bit of relief.

Pendjari National Park

The first showers begin in March in the far south, and gradually move from the coast to the north. In the capital, Porto-Novo, near the eastern part of the coast, the wettest month is by far June, with more than 300 mm (12 in) of rain, then from mid-July to late August the rains decrease (while cloudiness remains widespread), and then they resume in September and October, but without excesses, around 140/150 mm (5.5/6 in) per month. On the contrary, in inland areas the wettest period goes from July to September; in these months the daytime temperature remains below 30 °C (86 °F), but relative humidity is high and the cloud cover is frequent.
Here is the average precipitation in Kandi.
Average precipitation - Kandi
Prec. (mm)02104010514520026519540211005

The rains cease in early October in the extreme north, and gradually recede towards the south; on the coast they cease about a month later. With the return of the warm northeast winds, the temperature rises again, while the air returns to be dry in inland areas.

The temperature of the sea in Benin is high throughout the year, although it is a bit warmer in the winter months, as can be seen from the following table.
Sea temperature - Cotonou
Sea (°C)282829292928262526272928
Sea (°F)828284848482797779818482

When to go

The best time to visit Benin goes from November to January: the air is dry and the weather is usually good. Actually, it's hot during the day, especially in the north, but less than in the following period, from February to May. The rainiest and sultriest months are May and June on the coast, while they are July, August and September in the centre and the north.

What to pack

In winter: in Cotonou and the coast, light clothes for the day, a light sweater for the evening, light scarf for the wind-borne sand and dust. In the north, light clothing, a sweatshirt and a light jacket for the evening, a scarf for the desert wind.
In summer: light clothing of natural fibres, a light sweater and a light raincoat for the rain showers; for women it's better to avoid shorts and miniskirts.