The best times to visit Kigali for ideal weather are

March 19th to May 27th

or

August 27th to October 28th

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

 

 


Other Kigali Travel Info

Weather in Kigali

Temperature

Average temperatures in Kigali vary an incredible amount. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice some of the year, but often too hot in the summer and cold in the winter with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 38th 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 Kigali, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid July where highs are regularly around 102.2°F (39°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 76°F (24.4°C) at night.

Kigali Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Kigali 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.

Kigali Perceived Temperature (F)

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Kigali Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Kigali 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 50.2 39.3 30.2
Feb 45.7 35.8 27.3
Mar 62.8 52.6 42.2
Apr 77.9 66.5 55
May 88.9 76.9 63.4
Jun 98 86.5 71.4
Jul 99.9 88.8 73.9
Aug 99.5 87.3 72.1
Sep 90.7 77.6 62.4
Oct 77.3 64.4 51.1
Nov 61.8 50.8 41.2
Dec 50.6 39.7 30.7

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 10.1 4.1 -1
Feb 7.6 2.1 -2.6
Mar 17.1 11.4 5.7
Apr 25.5 19.2 12.8
May 31.6 24.9 17.4
Jun 36.7 30.3 21.9
Jul 37.7 31.6 23.3
Aug 37.5 30.7 22.3
Sep 32.6 25.3 16.9
Oct 25.2 18 10.6
Nov 16.6 10.4 5.1
Dec 10.3 4.3 -0.7

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Kigali are July, August, and then September. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late January. For example, on the week of January 22nd there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid May with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of May 7th.

When can you find snow in Kigali? Weather stations report no annual snow. 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 Kigali.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Kigali (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 13% 0 1.1
Feb 12% 0 1.2
Mar 17% 0 1.9
Apr 32% 0 3.7
May 22% 0 2.3
Jun 1% 0 0.2
Jul 0% 0 0
Aug 0% 0 0
Sep 0% 0 0
Oct 5% 0 0.4
Nov 13% 0 1
Dec 13% 0 1.4

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 13 0 2.8
Feb 12 0 3
Mar 17 0 4.8
Apr 32 0 9.4
May 22 0 5.8
Jun 1 0 0.5
Jul 0 0 0
Aug 0 0 0
Sep 0 0 0
Oct 5 0 1
Nov 13 0 2.5
Dec 13 0 3.6

 

Humidity and Wind

Kigali has some humid months, with some extremely dry months. The least humid month is July (8.1% relative humidity), and the most humid month is February (65.1%).

Wind in Kigali is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is July, followed by March and August. July’s average wind speed of around 4.2 knots (4.9 MPH or 7.8 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late July where average top sustained speeds reach 11.7 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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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 2.4 Barely noticeable 7.2 Gentle breeze
Feb 3.1 Barely noticeable 8.5 Gentle breeze
Mar 3.6 Barely noticeable 9.6 Gentle breeze
Apr 3.4 Barely noticeable 10.1 Gentle breeze
May 3.4 Barely noticeable 10.6 Gentle breeze
Jun 3.3 Barely noticeable 9.9 Gentle breeze
Jul 4.2 Light breeze 11.2 Gentle breeze
Aug 3.6 Barely noticeable 9.8 Gentle breeze
Sep 3.3 Barely noticeable 10.1 Gentle breeze
Oct 3 Barely noticeable 9.2 Gentle breeze
Nov 2.5 Barely noticeable 7.4 Gentle breeze
Dec 2.5 Barely noticeable 6.8 Light breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 58.9%
Feb 65.1%
Mar 49.6%
Apr 42.7%
May 29.5%
Jun 13.1%
Jul 8.1%
Aug 9.4%
Sep 11.1%
Oct 25.5%
Nov 54.3%
Dec 57.7%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Kigali?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for Rwanda; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 19, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Kigali, Rwanda is March, followed by July 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 Kigali 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 slightly extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 57.1 in November means 57.1% of the tourists vs. March.

 

 

Overall Kigali Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 93.4°F (34.1°C) and 53°F (11.7°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 10 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Winter (June through August)

The middle-year months have hot weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the least precipitation with about 0 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Kigali, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 94.3°F (34.6°C) and 57.4°F (14.1°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 0 to 4 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is too cold this time of year in Kigali to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 56.5°F (13.6°C) and 38.8°F (3.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 3 to 4 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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