The best times to visit Kenya for ideal weather are

December 17th to February 18th

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

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Kenya Travel Guide

  • Safety
  • The busiest and least popular months
  • Overall travel experience by time of year
  • Weather in Kenya

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in Kenya vary barely at all and are temperate most of the year. The area is in the top 21 percent of tourist destinations for pleasant weather. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Kenya, the hottest months are March, February, and then April. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late February and early March where highs are regularly around 86.2°F (30.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 63.5°F (17.5°C) at night.

    Kenya Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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    Kenya 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.

    Kenya Perceived Temperature (F)

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    Kenya Perceived Temperature (C)

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    Average Kenya 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 83.4 73 61.8
    Feb 85 74.5 62.8
    Mar 85.6 75.4 64.6
    Apr 82.5 73.5 65.1
    May 80.4 71.8 63.9
    Jun 79.3 70.6 62.4
    Jul 78.5 69.8 61.1
    Aug 78.6 69.9 61.5
    Sep 82.2 72.3 62.6
    Oct 82 72.6 64.1
    Nov 80.7 71.6 63.3
    Dec 81.4 72.1 62.6

    Show Celsius

    Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan 28.6 22.8 16.6
    Feb 29.4 23.6 17.1
    Mar 29.8 24.1 18.1
    Apr 28.1 23.1 18.4
    May 26.9 22.1 17.7
    Jun 26.3 21.4 16.9
    Jul 25.8 21 16.2
    Aug 25.9 21.1 16.4
    Sep 27.9 22.4 17
    Oct 27.8 22.6 17.8
    Nov 27.1 22 17.4
    Dec 27.4 22.3 17

     

    Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

    If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of precipitation in Kenya are November, October, and then April. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late January. For example, on the week of January 22nd there are only 0.3 days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early-to-mid-May with an average of 2.3 days with significant precipitation the week of May 7th.

    When can you find snow in Kenya? Weather stations report a bit of annual snow likely to be deepest around June, especially close to mid-June. Powder (new snow) is most often falls around June 18th. 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 Kenya.

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    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

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

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    Snow depth

    Average Rain and Snow by Month

    Show Inches

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
    Jan 7.1 0 0.02
    Feb 5.7 0 0.02
    Mar 11.4 0 0.04
    Apr 24.3 0 0.1
    May 24.3 0 0.09
    Jun 21.4 0.4 0.06
    Jul 18.6 0 0.05
    Aug 21.4 0 0.05
    Sep 15.7 0 0.04
    Oct 24.3 0 0.09
    Nov 25.7 0 0.09
    Dec 15.7 0 0.06

    Show Centimeters

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan 7.1 0 0.05
    Feb 5.7 0 0.05
    Mar 11.4 0 0.1
    Apr 24.3 0 0.25
    May 24.3 0 0.23
    Jun 21.4 1 0.15
    Jul 18.6 0 0.13
    Aug 21.4 0 0.13
    Sep 15.7 0 0.1
    Oct 24.3 0 0.23
    Nov 25.7 0 0.23
    Dec 15.7 0 0.15

     

    Humidity and Wind

    Kenya has slightly low to average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is February (47.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is May (65.3%).

    Wind in Kenya is usually moderate. The windiest month is February, followed by March and August. February’s average wind speed of around 6.2 knots (7.1 MPH or 11.5 KPH) is considered “light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early March where average top sustained speeds reach 13.3 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

    Relative Humidity (%)

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

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    Avg. Relative Humidity

    Wind

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

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    Max Sustained Wind
    Average Daily Wind

    Average Wind Speeds

    Show Wind Speeds

    All wind speeds are in knots.

    Month Avg. Wind Meaning (Beaufort) Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind Meaning (Beufort)
    Jan 5.9 a light breeze 12 a moderate breeze
    Feb 6.2 a light breeze 12.4 a moderate breeze
    Mar 6.2 a light breeze 12.4 a moderate breeze
    Apr 5.6 a light breeze 11.5 a moderate breeze
    May 5.7 a light breeze 11.5 a moderate breeze
    Jun 5.6 a light breeze 11.1 a moderate breeze
    Jul 5.8 a light breeze 11.1 a moderate breeze
    Aug 6 a light breeze 11.3 a moderate breeze
    Sep 6 a light breeze 11.4 a moderate breeze
    Oct 5.9 a light breeze 11.5 a moderate breeze
    Nov 5.2 a light breeze 10.9 a moderate breeze
    Dec 5.4 a light breeze 11 a moderate breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    Month Avg. Relative Humidity
    Jan 49.7
    Feb 47.7
    Mar 51.4
    Apr 63.9
    May 65.3
    Jun 62.8
    Jul 61.6
    Aug 60.3
    Sep 55.8
    Oct 58.7
    Nov 64.2
    Dec 59.5

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to Kenya?

    As of 6/27/2017 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Kenya; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories.
     

    The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

    The busiest month for tourism in Kenya is November, followed by June and February. 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 Kenya in December. 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. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 81 in December means 81% of the tourists vs. November.

    Overall Kenya Travel Experience by Season

    Fall (March through May)

    Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 86.2°F (30.1°C) and 80.1°F (26.7°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 4 to 8 days of precipitation per month. Fall is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

    Winter (June through August)

    The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 6 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is busy season for tourism in Kenya, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

    Spring (September through November)

    Spring daily highs range from 83.2°F (28.4°C) and 80.3°F (26.8°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 8 days per month. Tourism is the busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be higher priced.

    Summer (December through February)

    Weather is perfect this time of year in Kenya to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 85.4°F (29.7°C) and 80.7°F (27.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 5 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

     

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