The best times to visit Kinshasa for ideal weather are

May 28th to October 7th

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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Weather in Kinshasa

Temperature

Average temperatures in Kinshasa vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for most of the year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 16th 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 Kinshasa, the hottest months are March, April, and then February. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late March where highs are regularly around 91.5°F (33.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 73.2°F (22.9°C) at night.

Kinshasa Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Kinshasa 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.

Kinshasa Perceived Temperature (F)

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Kinshasa Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Kinshasa 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.

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Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 88.2 79 72.1
Feb 89.5 79.6 72.4
Mar 90.9 80.2 72.6
Apr 90.8 80 72.7
May 89.2 79.3 72.6
Jun 83.8 75.2 68.7
Jul 82.5 73.6 66.6
Aug 84.5 75.4 68
Sep 88.1 78.4 70.8
Oct 88.7 79.1 72
Nov 88.1 78.6 71.8
Dec 87.1 78.2 72.2

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 31.2 26.1 22.3
Feb 31.9 26.4 22.4
Mar 32.7 26.8 22.6
Apr 32.7 26.7 22.6
May 31.8 26.3 22.6
Jun 28.8 24 20.4
Jul 28.1 23.1 19.2
Aug 29.2 24.1 20
Sep 31.2 25.8 21.6
Oct 31.5 26.2 22.2
Nov 31.2 25.9 22.1
Dec 30.6 25.7 22.3

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Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Kinshasa are June, July, and then August. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early June. For example, on the week of June 4th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid to late November with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of November 19th.

When can you find snow in Kinshasa? 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.

Chanceof Precipitation

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

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Snow on the Ground

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

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

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Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 27% 0 6.1
Feb 26% 0 7.4
Mar 27% 0 7.4
Apr 34% 0 8.3
May 25% 0 5.4
Jun 0% 0 0
Jul 0% 0 0
Aug 1% 0 0.3
Sep 7% 0 0.8
Oct 24% 0 5.5
Nov 43% 0 13.1
Dec 32% 0 8.7

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 27 0 15.5
Feb 26 0 18.8
Mar 27 0 18.8
Apr 34 0 21.1
May 25 0 13.7
Jun 0 0 0
Jul 0 0 0
Aug 1 0 0.8
Sep 7 0 2
Oct 24 0 14
Nov 43 0 33.3
Dec 32 0 22.1

 

Humidity and Wind

Kinshasa has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is September (62.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (76.8%).

Wind in Kinshasa is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is September, followed by August and July. September’s average wind speed of around 5 knots (5.8 MPH or 9.3 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 early December where average top sustained speeds reach 11.2 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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Wind

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

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Average Wind Speeds

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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 3.4 Barely noticeable 9.7 Gentle breeze
Feb 3.6 Barely noticeable 10 Gentle breeze
Mar 3.6 Barely noticeable 10.2 Gentle breeze
Apr 3.6 Barely noticeable 10.2 Gentle breeze
May 3.5 Barely noticeable 9.4 Gentle breeze
Jun 3.9 Barely noticeable 7.8 Gentle breeze
Jul 4.3 Light breeze 8.4 Gentle breeze
Aug 4.8 Light breeze 9.4 Gentle breeze
Sep 5 Light breeze 10 Gentle breeze
Oct 4.1 Light breeze 10.1 Gentle breeze
Nov 3.5 Barely noticeable 10.1 Gentle breeze
Dec 3.3 Barely noticeable 9.7 Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 74.4%
Feb 72.3%
Mar 70.7%
Apr 71.9%
May 74.7%
Jun 74.8%
Jul 71%
Aug 64.8%
Sep 62.3%
Oct 68.5%
Nov 74.3%
Dec 76.8%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Kinshasa?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat unsafe, especially in some areas. As of Jan 22, 2018 there are strong travel warnings and regional advisories for the Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa); avoid non-essential travel and all travel to 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 Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is October, followed by June and April. 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 Kinshasa in January. 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 62.2 in January means 62.2% of the tourists vs. October.


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Overall Kinshasa Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 91.5°F (33.1°C) and 86.5°F (30.3°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 8 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 very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with about 0 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Kinshasa, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 89.2°F (31.8°C) and 87°F (30.6°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 2 to 13 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Kinshasa to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 90.6°F (32.6°C) and 86.8°F (30.4°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 7 to 10 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

 

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