The best times to visit Mbale for ideal weather are

June 18th to September 9th

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

 

 


Other Mbale Travel Info

Weather in Mbale

Temperature

Average temperatures in Mbale vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 28th 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 Mbale, the hottest months are February, March, and then January. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late November to early December where highs are regularly around 88.7°F (31.5°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 66.9°F (19.4°C) at night.

Mbale Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Mbale 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.

Mbale Perceived Temperature (F)

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Mbale Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Mbale 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

MonthAvg. High (°F)Avg. Mean (°F)Avg. Low (°F)
Jan85.977.465.5
Feb87.478.365.9
Mar86.678.266.7
Apr83.976.666.9
May83.176.467.1
Jun82.675.665.8
Jul81.173.864.6
Aug81.773.964.8
Sep82.975.164.6
Oct83.275.865.8
Nov83.976.665.3
Dec85.277.264.9

Show Celsius

MonthAvg. High (°C)Avg. Mean (°C)Avg. Low (°C)
Jan29.925.218.6
Feb30.825.718.8
Mar30.325.719.3
Apr28.824.819.4
May28.424.719.5
Jun28.124.218.8
Jul27.323.218.1
Aug27.623.318.2
Sep28.323.918.1
Oct28.424.318.8
Nov28.824.818.5
Dec29.625.118.3

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Mbale are January, July, and then December. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late November to early December. For example, on the week of November 26th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late April with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of April 23rd.

When can you find snow in Mbale? 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 Mbale.

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Snow on the Ground

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

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (in)Total Precipitation (in)
Jan10%02
Feb15%04
Mar16%03.3
Apr34%08.1
May34%08.2
Jun19%02.8
Jul11%02.6
Aug19%04
Sep25%03.3
Oct27%04.4
Nov16%02.5
Dec11%02.6

Show Centimeters

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (cm)Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan1005.1
Feb15010.2
Mar1608.4
Apr34020.6
May34020.8
Jun1907.1
Jul1106.6
Aug19010.2
Sep2508.4
Oct27011.2
Nov1606.4
Dec1106.6

 

Humidity and Wind

Mbale has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is February (45.1% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (62.2%).

Wind in Mbale is usually moderate. The windiest month is March, followed by February and January. March’s average wind speed of around 9.2 knots (10.5 MPH or 17 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 March where average top sustained speeds reach 17.3 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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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.

MonthAvg. WindAvg. Wind FeelSustained High WindHigh Wind Feel
Jan8.8Gentle breeze15Significant breeze
Feb8.9Gentle breeze15.1Significant breeze
Mar9.2Gentle breeze16Significant breeze
Apr8.5Gentle breeze14.8Significant breeze
May7.9Gentle breeze14Significant breeze
Jun6.9Light breeze13Significant breeze
Jul7Gentle breeze12.9Significant breeze
Aug7.5Gentle breeze13.5Significant breeze
Sep7.6Gentle breeze13.7Significant breeze
Oct7.8Gentle breeze13.4Significant breeze
Nov7.6Gentle breeze13.2Significant breeze
Dec8.3Gentle breeze13.8Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

MonthAvg. Relative Humidity
Jan48%
Feb45.1%
Mar49.8%
Apr59.1%
May61.2%
Jun59.7%
Jul62%
Aug62.2%
Sep61.1%
Oct59.9%
Nov57.1%
Dec50.5%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Mbale?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for Uganda; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 19, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Mbale, Uganda is July, followed by October 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 Mbale in September. 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 78.6 in September means 78.6% of the tourists vs. July.

 

 

Overall Mbale Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 88.7°F (31.5°C) and 82.2°F (27.9°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 10 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 3 to 6 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Mbale, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 86.4°F (30.2°C) and 81.5°F (27.5°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 to 8 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Mbale to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 88°F (31.1°C) and 83.7°F (28.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 3 to 4 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.

 

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