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.

 

 


Other Lamu Travel Info

Weather in Lamu

Temperature

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)

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Lamu 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.

Lamu Perceived Temperature (F)

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Lamu Perceived Temperature (C)

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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.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 89.3 83.1 74.9
Feb 90.2 83.4 74.8
Mar 92.7 86.2 76.1
Apr 92.6 86.4 78.5
May 87.5 82.7 76.4
Jun 86.1 81.6 75.8
Jul 84.7 79.8 74.5
Aug 85.3 80.3 74.6
Sep 86.9 81.2 74.6
Oct 88.7 83.2 75.3
Nov 90.2 83.8 74.9
Dec 90.1 83.8 75.2

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 31.8 28.4 23.8
Feb 32.3 28.6 23.8
Mar 33.7 30.1 24.5
Apr 33.7 30.2 25.8
May 30.8 28.2 24.7
Jun 30.1 27.6 24.3
Jul 29.3 26.6 23.6
Aug 29.6 26.8 23.7
Sep 30.5 27.3 23.7
Oct 31.5 28.4 24.1
Nov 32.3 28.8 23.8
Dec 32.3 28.8 24

 


 

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.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Lamu (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 0% 0 0
Feb 0% 0 0
Mar 3% 0 0.4
Apr 14% 0 2.8
May 43% 0 9.5
Jun 24% 0 3.8
Jul 19% 0 2.5
Aug 9% 0 1
Sep 8% 0 0.9
Oct 12% 0 3.9
Nov 14% 0 2.9
Dec 11% 0 1.8

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 0 0 0
Feb 0 0 0
Mar 3 0 1
Apr 14 0 7.1
May 43 0 24.1
Jun 24 0 9.7
Jul 19 0 6.4
Aug 9 0 2.5
Sep 8 0 2.3
Oct 12 0 9.9
Nov 14 0 7.4
Dec 11 0 4.6

 

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.

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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 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
Jan 65.5%
Feb 63.9%
Mar 61.6%
Apr 66.2%
May 73.3%
Jun 68.4%
Jul 69.2%
Aug 67.8%
Sep 66.1%
Oct 67%
Nov 70%
Dec 69.3%

 

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

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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 48.3 in June means 48.3% of the tourists vs. December.

 

 

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.

 

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