Weather – Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya

Masai Mara, Kenya

Generally, coastal areas of Kenya tend to be hotter and more humid than inland areas; but this is always tempered by ocean breezes. North of Nairobi (in the highlands region around Mt. Kenya and Aberdare National Park), it becomes cooler as altitude increases. Here, it is cool enough to warrant a sweater the year around. During the months of June, July, and August, it can be cold in these areas, with temperatures as low as 35-degrees (Fahrenheit).

The northern frontier district (extending from Samburu to Kenya’s northernmost borders) is an arid, desert-like region with slightly higher temperatures than the rest of the country.

In the lower inland plateau areas (around Kisumu and Lake Victoria), temperatures are also warm; and rainfall is spread fairly evenly throughout the year. While Kenya does not have distinct seasonal changes due to its proximity to the Equator, there are some subtle climatic variations at different times of the year.

December through March

These are the warmest months of the year (Kenya’s “summertime”). Temperatures do not often exceed 90-degrees Fahrenheit (F), however; morning and evening temperatures are refreshingly cool with low humidity.

April and May

This season is normally characterized by heavy, intermittent rains. In many recent years, however, there has been more rain in January than in April and May.

June, July, and August

Kenya’s weather is coolest during these months, with lows in the upper 40s (F) and highs in the low 70s (F). The country is refreshingly green.

September, October, and November

This is a delightful time to visit East Africa — comparable to springtime in America. The days are warmer, with lows in the mid-50s (F) and highs in the mid-70s (F). Short, scattered rains fall in November to freshen the country and lay the dust, although they sometimes can be heavy.

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