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.
Kenya Travel Guide
Weather in Kenya
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)
Kenya Temperatures (Celsius)
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)
Kenya Perceived Temperature (C)
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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
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.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Kenya (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
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.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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|
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
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.