The best times to visit Kivu for ideal weather are

May 14th to October 14th

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

 

 


Other Kivu Travel Info

Weather in Kivu

Temperature

Average temperatures in Kivu vary barely at all. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 81st 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 Kivu, the hottest months are August, January, and then February. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late May to early June where highs are regularly around 80.1°F (26.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 64.4°F (18°C) at night.

Kivu Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Kivu 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.

Kivu Perceived Temperature (F)

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Kivu Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Kivu 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 78.4 72.6 62.6
Feb 78.8 72.5 62.4
Mar 77.4 71.6 62.4
Apr 77.5 71.6 62.7
May 77.6 72.5 63.9
Jun 76.7 71.5 62.9
Jul 77.6 71.8 60.9
Aug 78.5 72.8 63.1
Sep 76.7 71.4 63.6
Oct 77.5 72.3 64.2
Nov 76.7 71.5 63.1
Dec 77 71 62.1

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 25.8 22.6 17
Feb 26 22.5 16.9
Mar 25.2 22 16.9
Apr 25.3 22 17.1
May 25.3 22.5 17.7
Jun 24.8 21.9 17.2
Jul 25.3 22.1 16.1
Aug 25.8 22.7 17.3
Sep 24.8 21.9 17.6
Oct 25.3 22.4 17.9
Nov 24.8 21.9 17.3
Dec 25 21.7 16.7

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Kivu are July, June, 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 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 early March with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of March 5th.

When can you find snow in Kivu? 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 Kivu.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Kivu (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 18% 0 2.6
Feb 20% 0 4.9
Mar 38% 0 5.5
Apr 25% 0 3.5
May 13% 0 2.3
Jun 9% 0 1.5
Jul 4% 0 0.8
Aug 13% 0 2.2
Sep 20% 0 3.7
Oct 19% 0 3.7
Nov 25% 0 4.5
Dec 29% 0 4.2

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 18 0 6.6
Feb 20 0 12.4
Mar 38 0 14
Apr 25 0 8.9
May 13 0 5.8
Jun 9 0 3.8
Jul 4 0 2
Aug 13 0 5.6
Sep 20 0 9.4
Oct 19 0 9.4
Nov 25 0 11.4
Dec 29 0 10.7

 

Humidity and Wind

Kivu has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is August (48.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is April (65.8%).

Wind in Kivu is usually calm. The windiest month is May, followed by August and July. May’s average wind speed of around 5.2 knots (5.9 MPH or 9.6 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 May to early June where average top sustained speeds reach 10.9 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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Wind

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

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Max Sustained Wind
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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 4.2 Light breeze 8.1 Gentle breeze
Feb 4.4 Light breeze 8.7 Gentle breeze
Mar 4.3 Light breeze 9.1 Gentle breeze
Apr 4.3 Light breeze 8.6 Gentle breeze
May 5.2 Light breeze 9.9 Gentle breeze
Jun 4.7 Light breeze 8.7 Gentle breeze
Jul 4.8 Light breeze 8.7 Gentle breeze
Aug 5 Light breeze 9.5 Gentle breeze
Sep 4.6 Light breeze 8.9 Gentle breeze
Oct 4.7 Light breeze 9.2 Gentle breeze
Nov 4.2 Light breeze 8.1 Gentle breeze
Dec 3.9 Barely noticeable 7.5 Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 59.7%
Feb 60.3%
Mar 64%
Apr 65.8%
May 61.2%
Jun 57.4%
Jul 49.6%
Aug 48.7%
Sep 59%
Oct 59.6%
Nov 63.3%
Dec 63%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Kivu?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat unsafe, especially in some areas. As of Oct 07, 2019 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. This advisory was last updated on Sep 20, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo 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 Kivu 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 somewhat 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 Kivu Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 79.4°F (26.3°C) and 75.8°F (24.3°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 4 to 12 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 1 to 4 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Kivu, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 77.7°F (25.4°C) and 75.7°F (24.3°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 6 to 7 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 perfect this time of year in Kivu to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 80.1°F (26.7°C) and 76.5°F (24.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 9 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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