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What is the climate like in Kenya?

The climate of Kenya has an average yearly temperature of 28°C. Throughout the year, the average monthly temperature can drop to 26°C and rise to 30°C.

Annually, about 1298 mm of rain falls. This gives a good overview of how much rain to expect in Kenya.

The best time to visit Kenya is January until March and June until September. During this period, you will experience pleasant temperatures and not too much rain, making it ideal to visit Kenya.

Temperature 26 to 30°C
Rain 1298 mm

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The climate of Kenya
  • Average yearly temperature: 28°C
  • Highest temperature: 30°C in March
  • Lowest temperature: 26°C in July and November
  • Rainfall: 1298 mm per year, averaging 108 mm by month
  • Driest months: 9,3 mm in July, 18 mm in June and 24 mm in September
  • Wettest months: 406 mm in November, 226 mm in April and 149 mm in December

Climate table Kenya

The climate table for Kenya shows the average temperatures, rainfall, and UV index by month.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daytime temperature (°C) 28 29 30 28 27 27 26 27 28 29 26 27
Nighttime temperature (°C) 15 16 17 18 17 16 16 16 16 17 16 16
Rainfall (mm) 53 41 83 226 123 18 9,3 25 24 140 406 149
UV Index 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 9 9 8 9
Best month Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No

Temperature by month in Kenya

This graph shows the average high temperatures in degrees Celsius for each month in Kenya

Temperature by month in Kenya

Rainfall by month in Kenya

This graph shows the average monthly rainfall in millimeters in Kenya.

Rainfall by month in Kenya

UV index by month in Kenya

This graph shows the average UV index by month in Kenya.

UV index by month in Kenya

Yearly temperature in Kenya

This graph shows the average yearly temperature in Kenya, measured in degrees Celsius.

Yearly temperature in Kenya

Yearly total rainfall in Kenya

This graph shows the average yearly rainfall in millimeters in Kenya.

Rainfall per year in Kenya

More climate information about Kenya

The climate in Kenya ranges from tropical along the coast to arid inland and north, with significant regional variations. Average temperatures in Kenya range between 21 and 34 degrees Celsius. This can be high in some areas, especially in the arid and semi-arid regions. Precipitation in Kenya is also varied, with average annual rainfall ranging from less than 250 mm in the driest regions to more than 1,500 mm in the wettest regions.

The proximity of the Indian Ocean influences the climate along the coast, with moist air currents bringing rain, especially during monsoon periods. Elevation varies widely in Kenya, from sea level along the coast to high mountain peaks. This difference in altitude affects both temperatures and precipitation patterns. The arid and semi-arid areas in the interior and north are affected by their distance from the ocean and lower elevation, resulting in less precipitation and higher temperatures.

Coastal area

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At the coast there is a tropical monsoon climate. Average temperatures here are around 26 and 32 degrees Celsius. Humidity is high, and there is considerable rainfall, especially during monsoon periods. Rainfall is heaviest in April and May, and a shorter rainy period occurs in November and December.

Highlands

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The Kenyan highlands, including areas such as Nairobi, have a more temperate climate. Average temperatures here range from 10 to 26 degrees Celsius. This region also receives rainfall, with two rainy seasons: the long rain periods from March to May and the short rain periods from October to December.

Rift Valley

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The Great Rift Valley that runs through Kenya has a mixed climate. The lower parts can be hot and dry, while the higher areas are cooler and wetter. Temperatures and precipitation vary considerably depending on the specific location in the valley.

Northern and eastern Kenya

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The northern and eastern parts of Kenya are predominantly arid and dry. These areas experience extremely high temperatures, sometimes above 40 degrees Celsius and very little rainfall. It is a semi-desert or desert climate, with sporadic and unpredictable rainfall.

Weather experiences in Kenya

The weather in Kenya is rated an average of 4,3 out of 5 stars by 6 visitors.

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It was relatively warm, the temperature was around 28 degrees. Occasionally there were sudden showers, but they were brief and refreshing. Overall, nice vacation weather.— This text has been automatically translated into English

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During the day we had mostly sunshine and it was pleasantly warm, but there was also some rain. It got wonderfully cold at night.— This text has been automatically translated into English

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It didn't rain, although the evenings were a bit cool. The overall experience of being in the beautiful savannahs was refreshing!— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Excellent StarStarStarStarStar

August in Kenya was spectacular! There was brilliant sunshine everywhere, perfect for various safaris and beach days. Temperatures were mild, ideal for outdoor activities. Evenings were cold, but ideal for cozy fire pit nights. Breathtaking weather!— This text has been automatically translated into English

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Kenya in April was a mix of sun and rain. Mostly it was warm and sunny in the morning, perfect for safaris. Rain in the late afternoon gave a surprising twist to the trip, but made everything more lush and green.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Excellent StarStarStarStarStar

December in Kenya was a tropical paradise. With sun-drenched days and pleasant temperatures, it was ideal for sun lovers. There were a few refreshing rain showers, but they did not detract from the experience.— This text has been automatically translated into English

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Average weather in Kenya by month

Click on a month below to see in detail how the weather typically is in Kenya and what to expect. Based on the historical weather data of Kenya, you can view the average temperature, rainfall, wind, and UV index for each day of the month.