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Kenya's Weather and Average Temperatures

What's the weather like in Kenya?

It's generally sunny, dry and not too hot for most of the year in Kenya despite being situated on the equator. The main rainy seasons are from March to May and November to December but the amount of rainfall varies year to year. Central Kenya is situated on a plateau and the altitude keeps the heat index at a comfortable level. The coastal areas are obviously hotter, but the ocean breeze also makes that region (Mombasa, Lamu and Malindi) fairly comfortable for most of the year. Mount Kenya is high enough to have permanent snow and it will often freeze at night. Western Kenya is generally hot and humid and Northern Kenya is generally hot and dry.

Scroll down to see what temperatures you can expect in Nairobi (which is representative of the Central Highlands region) and Mombasa (which is representative of the coastal areas). There's more climate information for those planning trips to Mount Kenya, Western Kenya, Northern Kenya and the Masai Mara at the bottom of the page.

Today's Weather in Nairobi

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Nairobi is situated in the Central Highlands of Kenya and enjoys a very nice climate for most of the year (similar to California) with temperatures averaging between 50 and 82 Fahrenheit (10 and 28 Celsius). There are two rainy seasons, the first is from March to the end of May and the second shorter season runs from October to the end of November. The sunniest time of year is December to March and the cloudiest time is from June to September (locals refer to this as the winter months). Details for average temperatures by month can be seen below.

Nairobi's Climate

Month Precipitation Maximum Minimum
Average Sunlight
in cm F C F C Hours
January 1.5 3.8 77 25 54 12 9
February 2.5 6.4 79 26 55 13 9
March 4.9 12.5 77 25 57 14 9
April 8.3 21.1 75 24 57 14 7
May 6.2 15.8 72 22 55 13 6
June 1.8 4.6 70 21 54 12 6
July 0.6 1.5 70 21 52 11 4
August 0.9 2.3 70 21 52 11 4
September 1.2 3.1 75 24 52 11 6
October 2.0 5.3 75 24 55 13 7
November 4.3 10.9 73 23 55 13 7
December 3.4 8.6 73 23 55 13 8

Mombasa's temperatures remain steadily hot for most of the year, but on the beach the humidity is kept at bay by the ocean breeze. The wettest months are April to May and there's also a short rainy season from October to November. As you can see from the table below, minimum average temperatures remain quite high throughout the year and nights can be uncomfortably humid at times.

Today's Weather in Mombasa

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Mombasa's Climate

Month Precipitation Maximum Minimum
Average Sunlight
in cm F C F C Hours
January 1.0 2.5 88 31 75 24 8
February 0.7 1.8 88 31 75 24 9
March 2.5 6.4 88 31 77 25 9
April 7.7 19.6 86 30 75 24 8
May 12.6 32 82 28 73 23 6
June 4.7 11.9 82 28 73 23 8
July 3.5 8.9 80 27 72 22 7
August 2.5 6.4 81 27 71 22 8
September 2.5 6.4 82 28 72 22 9
October 3.4 8.6 84 29 73 23 9
November 3.8 9.7 84 29 75 24 9
December 2.4 6.1 86 30 75 24 9

Northern Kenya
Northern Kenya is a fairly arid region with little rainfall and abundant sunshine year round. This is camel country. Average temperatures vary between 104 and 68 Fahrenheit (40 and 20 Celsius). The best time to visit this area is June, July, August and December. Northern Kenya is sparsely populated and filled with natural, rugged beauty.

Western Kenya and Masai Mara
Western Kenya is generally hot and humid with rainfall falling throughout the year, generally in the evenings. There is abundant sunshine year round. The famous Masai Mara National Reserve lies in Western Kenya and the best times to visit would have to be between July and October when the landscape is simply bursting with wildlife. This is where the huge annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle enjoy the lush green grass of the Mara.

Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya has permanent snow at its summit, so it's cold year round. At night at the higher elevations the temperature can drop as low as 14 Fahrenheit (-10 Celsius). Typically the early mornings on the mountain are sunny and dry, and clouds often form by noon. It is possible to hike Mount Kenya throughout the year but it gets more difficult during the rainy seasons from mid-March to mid-June and October to mid-December. For more on Mount Kenya's climate click here

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