The best times to visit Nairobi for ideal weather are
any time of year (no, really)
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Nairobi Travel Guide
Weather in Nairobi
Average temperatures in Nairobi vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is among the most temperate — in the 99th 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 Nairobi, the hottest months are March, February, and then January. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early March where highs are regularly around 82°F (27.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 60.9°F (16.1°C) at night.
Nairobi Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Nairobi 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.
Nairobi Perceived Temperature (F)
Nairobi Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Nairobi 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 Nairobi are February, August, and then January. 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 January. For example, on the week of January 8th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid April with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of April 16th.
When can you find snow in Nairobi? 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.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Nairobi.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Nairobi (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
Nairobi has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is February (45.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is May (67.4%).
Wind in Nairobi is usually calm. The windiest month is March, followed by February and January. March’s average wind speed of around 7.3 knots (8.4 MPH or 13.5 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 mid February where average top sustained speeds reach 17.6 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Nairobi.
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||6.5||Light breeze||14.9||Significant breeze|
|Feb||6.6||Light breeze||16.2||Significant breeze|
|Mar||7.3||Gentle breeze||16||Significant breeze|
|Apr||5||Light breeze||13.9||Significant breeze|
|May||4.2||Light breeze||12||Significant breeze|
|Jun||3.7||Barely noticeable||10.6||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||3.4||Barely noticeable||10.3||Significant breeze|
|Aug||4.1||Light breeze||11||Significant breeze|
|Sep||4.7||Light breeze||12.9||Significant breeze|
|Oct||6.1||Light breeze||13.5||Significant breeze|
|Nov||6.3||Light breeze||14.3||Significant breeze|
|Dec||6.3||Light breeze||14.6||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Nairobi?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Dec 13, 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 Nairobi, 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 Nairobi 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
Overall Nairobi Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 82°F (27.8°C) and 74.7°F (23.7°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 3 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 comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 0 to 2 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Nairobi, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 79.5°F (26.4°C) and 74.3°F (23.5°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 1 to 3 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 Nairobi to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 82°F (27.8°C) and 76.4°F (24.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 0 to 2 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.