The best times to visit Lamu for ideal weather are
August 13th to March 25th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Lamu Travel Guide
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Weather in Lamu
Average temperatures in Lamu vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 21st 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 Lamu, the hottest months are April, March, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early April where highs are regularly around 94.1°F (34.5°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 77.6°F (25.3°C) at night.
Lamu Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Lamu 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.
Lamu Perceived Temperature (F)
Lamu Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Lamu 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 significant precipitation in Lamu are January, February, and then March. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st 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 4 days of significant precipitation the week of May 7th.
When can you find snow in Lamu? 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 Lamu.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Lamu (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
Lamu has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is March (61.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is May (73.3%).
Wind in Lamu is usually moderate. The windiest month is August, followed by July and September. August’s average wind speed of around 8.5 knots (9.8 MPH or 15.8 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early January where average top sustained speeds reach 14.1 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Lamu.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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||7.9||Gentle breeze||13.1||Significant breeze|
|Feb||7.5||Gentle breeze||12.1||Significant breeze|
|Mar||6.4||Light breeze||11.3||Significant breeze|
|Apr||6.9||Light breeze||11.6||Significant breeze|
|May||7.2||Gentle breeze||12||Significant breeze|
|Jun||7.8||Gentle breeze||12||Significant breeze|
|Jul||8.2||Gentle breeze||12.2||Significant breeze|
|Aug||8.5||Gentle breeze||13.1||Significant breeze|
|Sep||8||Gentle breeze||12.1||Significant breeze|
|Oct||6.3||Light breeze||10.3||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||5||Light breeze||9.8||Significant breeze|
|Dec||6||Light breeze||10.9||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Lamu?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 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. This advisory was last updated on Sep 18, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Lamu, Kenya is December, followed by November and March. 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 Lamu in June. 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 Lamu Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very warm. Highs range from 94.1°F (34.5°C) and 87.1°F (30.6°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 1 to 13 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 quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 3 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the slowest season for tourism in Lamu, so lodging and other accommodations may cost less than usual.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 90.8°F (32.7°C) and 86.3°F (30.2°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 4 days per month. Tourism is the second busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be slightly higher priced.
Summer (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in Lamu to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 91.3°F (32.9°C) and 88.7°F (31.5°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 0 to 4 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.