The best times to visit Kisumu for ideal weather are

June 4th to August 5th

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 Kisumu

Temperature

Average temperatures in Kisumu vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a chance of rain throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 33rd 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 Kisumu, the hottest months are February, March, and then January. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early March where highs are regularly around 90.1°F (32.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 63.9°F (17.7°C) at night.

Kisumu Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Kisumu 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.

Kisumu Perceived Temperature (F)

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Kisumu Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Kisumu 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 87.2 75.5 63.1
Feb 88.9 76.3 64
Mar 88.4 76.1 64.6
Apr 84.9 74.1 64.9
May 84 73.5 64.4
Jun 83.3 72.9 63.6
Jul 84 72.8 62.8
Aug 84.4 72.8 63
Sep 85.1 73.1 63.3
Oct 86.2 74.5 64.2
Nov 85.1 74.1 64.1
Dec 84.8 74.4 64

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 30.7 24.2 17.3
Feb 31.6 24.6 17.8
Mar 31.3 24.5 18.1
Apr 29.4 23.4 18.3
May 28.9 23.1 18
Jun 28.5 22.7 17.6
Jul 28.9 22.7 17.1
Aug 29.1 22.7 17.2
Sep 29.5 22.8 17.4
Oct 30.1 23.6 17.9
Nov 29.5 23.4 17.8
Dec 29.3 23.6 17.8


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Kisumu are January, February, and then July. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid July. For example, on the week of July 9th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late March with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of March 26th.

When can you find snow in Kisumu? 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 Kisumu.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Kisumu (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 11% 0 2
Feb 14% 0 2.2
Mar 26% 0 4.9
Apr 37% 0 8.2
May 30% 0 4.9
Jun 21% 0 3.4
Jul 15% 0 2.5
Aug 27% 0 5.1
Sep 24% 0 4.9
Oct 23% 0 4.2
Nov 28% 0 5
Dec 24% 0 4.8

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 11 0 5.1
Feb 14 0 5.6
Mar 26 0 12.4
Apr 37 0 20.8
May 30 0 12.4
Jun 21 0 8.6
Jul 15 0 6.4
Aug 27 0 13
Sep 24 0 12.4
Oct 23 0 10.7
Nov 28 0 12.7
Dec 24 0 12.2

 

Humidity and Wind

Kisumu has some high humidity months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is February (51.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is May (67.8%).

Wind in Kisumu is usually calm. The windiest month is March, followed by February and January. March’s average wind speed of around 6.4 knots (7.4 MPH or 11.8 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 early March where average top sustained speeds reach 19.5 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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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 Light breeze 17.1 Strong breeze
Feb 6.3 Light breeze 18.2 Strong breeze
Mar 6.4 Light breeze 18.7 Strong breeze
Apr 4.9 Light breeze 15.6 Significant breeze
May 4.3 Light breeze 14.5 Strong breeze
Jun 4.2 Light breeze 13.7 Significant breeze
Jul 4.7 Light breeze 14.1 Strong breeze
Aug 4.8 Light breeze 15.2 Significant breeze
Sep 5.1 Light breeze 16.1 Strong breeze
Oct 4.9 Light breeze 15.8 Significant breeze
Nov 4.9 Light breeze 15.3 Strong breeze
Dec 5.3 Light breeze 15.8 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 54.3%
Feb 51.9%
Mar 56.4%
Apr 66.8%
May 67.8%
Jun 65%
Jul 60.2%
Aug 61.7%
Sep 63.1%
Oct 60.8%
Nov 63.7%
Dec 61.1%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Kisumu?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Jan 18, 2018 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 Kisumu, 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 Kisumu 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. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 81 in December means 81% of the tourists vs. November.


Overall Kisumu Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 90.1°F (32.3°C) and 83.7°F (28.7°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 8 to 11 days of significant 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 5 to 8 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Kisumu, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 86.7°F (30.4°C) and 83.6°F (28.7°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 7 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 Kisumu to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 89.5°F (31.9°C) and 84.3°F (29.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 3 to 7 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

 

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