The best times to visit Kenai for ideal weather are

July 9th to August 19th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 

 


Other Kenai Travel Info

Weather in Kenai

Temperature

Average temperatures in Kenai vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 25th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Kenai, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid July where highs are regularly around 64.9°F (18.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 47.8°F (8.8°C) at night.

Kenai Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Kenai Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Kenai Perceived Temperature (F)

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Kenai Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Kenai Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 24.9 16.9 9
Feb 30 20.9 12.3
Mar 33.7 23.7 13.5
Apr 45.2 35.9 26.7
May 56.9 46.4 36
Jun 62 52.4 44
Jul 64.1 55.8 48.1
Aug 64.2 55.3 46.8
Sep 57.3 48.7 41
Oct 45.7 37.7 30.8
Nov 32.2 24.4 16.5
Dec 26 18.6 10.8

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan -3.9 -8.4 -12.8
Feb -1.1 -6.2 -10.9
Mar 0.9 -4.6 -10.3
Apr 7.3 2.2 -2.9
May 13.8 8 2.2
Jun 16.7 11.3 6.7
Jul 17.8 13.2 8.9
Aug 17.9 12.9 8.2
Sep 14.1 9.3 5
Oct 7.6 3.2 -0.7
Nov 0.1 -4.2 -8.6
Dec -3.3 -7.4 -11.8

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Kenai are March, April, and then February. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid March. For example, on the week of March 19th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid September with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of September 10th.

When can you find snow in Kenai? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to early to mid February. The best time to ski (if at all) in Kenai is often around around February 12th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Kenai.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Kenai (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 9% 0 1
Feb 6% 31.1 0.5
Mar 4% 0 0.3
Apr 5% 0 0.5
May 7% 0 0.8
Jun 16% 0 1.3
Jul 22% 0 2.2
Aug 21% 0 2.4
Sep 33% 0 4
Oct 20% 0 2.5
Nov 9% 0 1.1
Dec 6% 0 0.7

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 9 0 2.5
Feb 6 79 1.3
Mar 4 0 0.8
Apr 5 0 1.3
May 7 0 2
Jun 16 0 3.3
Jul 22 0 5.6
Aug 21 0 6.1
Sep 33 0 10.2
Oct 20 0 6.4
Nov 9 0 2.8
Dec 6 0 1.8

 

Humidity and Wind

Kenai has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is May (54.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (73.6%).

Wind in Kenai is usually calm. The windiest month is June, followed by February and May. June’s average wind speed of around 7.3 knots (8.4 MPH or 13.6 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late October to early November where average top sustained speeds reach 16.4 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Kenai.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 6.5 Light breeze 13.2 Significant breeze
Feb 7.2 Gentle breeze 14.5 Significant breeze
Mar 7.2 Gentle breeze 14.4 Significant breeze
Apr 6.5 Light breeze 13.3 Significant breeze
May 7.2 Gentle breeze 13.9 Significant breeze
Jun 7.3 Gentle breeze 13.4 Significant breeze
Jul 6.5 Light breeze 12.5 Significant breeze
Aug 5.8 Light breeze 12.2 Significant breeze
Sep 6.2 Light breeze 13.3 Significant breeze
Oct 6.3 Light breeze 12.9 Significant breeze
Nov 6.9 Light breeze 14.1 Significant breeze
Dec 7 Gentle breeze 13.7 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 72.4%
Feb 66.1%
Mar 57.9%
Apr 56.3%
May 54.4%
Jun 63.8%
Jul 70.9%
Aug 73.1%
Sep 71.5%
Oct 70.9%
Nov 70.2%
Dec 73.6%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Kenai?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for the United States; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 23, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Kenai, AK, US is July, followed by August and June. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Kenai in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 35 in November means 35% of the tourists vs. July.

 

 

Overall Kenai Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 60.4°F (15.8°C) and 30.7°F (-0.7°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 2 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are brisk. These months see moderate precipitation with 5 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Kenai, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 60.3°F (15.7°C) and 28.6°F (-1.9°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 3 to 10 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in Kenai to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 32.1°F (0.1°C) and 21.5°F (-5.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 2 to 3 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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