Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Kenya

We show the climate in Kenya by comparing the average weather in 3 representative places: Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu.

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Average High and Low Temperature in Kenya

Average High and Low Temperature in KenyaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec55°F55°F60°F60°F65°F65°F70°F70°F75°F75°F80°F80°F85°F85°F90°F90°F95°F95°F100°F100°F6154817178718981676488828199846783NowNowMombasaMombasaNairobiNairobiKisumuKisumu
The daily average high and low air temperature at 2 meters above the ground. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding perceived temperatures.
Nairobi 78°F80°F80°F76°F74°F72°F71°F73°F76°F77°F75°F76°F
Mombasa 88°F88°F89°F87°F85°F83°F81°F81°F82°F84°F86°F87°F
Kisumu 86°F88°F87°F84°F83°F83°F83°F84°F85°F85°F85°F85°F
Nairobi 59°F59°F61°F61°F59°F56°F55°F55°F56°F59°F60°F60°F
Mombasa 76°F76°F78°F77°F75°F73°F71°F71°F72°F74°F76°F76°F
Kisumu 65°F66°F67°F66°F66°F64°F64°F64°F65°F66°F66°F66°F


Average Hourly Temperature in NairobiJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowcoolcomfortablewarmwarmcoolwarmcomfortable


Average Hourly Temperature in MombasaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowwarmhothotcomfortable


Average Hourly Temperature in KisumuJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowcomfortablecomfortablewarmhotcool
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Chance of Clearer Skies in Kenya

Chance of Clearer Skies in KenyaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%562672304915NowNowMombasaMombasaNairobiNairobiKisumuKisumu
The percentage of time the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy (i.e., less than 60% of the sky is covered by clouds).
Clearer SkiesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Nairobi 32%30%29%27%36%39%46%52%52%39%38%37%
Mombasa 34%32%32%33%46%56%63%69%67%54%49%42%
Kisumu 31%30%24%16%24%32%38%45%42%25%24%31%

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Kenya

Daily Chance of Precipitation in KenyaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%4835467521MombasaMombasaKisumuKisumu
The percentage of days in which precipitation is observed, excluding trace quantities.
Days of Precip.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Nairobi 4.6d3.8d7.9d13.3d8.7d1.7d1.0d1.5d1.7d6.6d11.5d7.4d
Mombasa 3.3d2.4d8.2d14.8d14.5d7.2d4.1d2.7d2.4d5.7d10.9d8.8d
Kisumu 7.3d7.1d13.2d20.4d20.3d13.0d13.1d15.9d15.6d17.3d15.8d10.1d

Average Monthly Rainfall in Kenya

Average Monthly Rainfall in KenyaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in2 in2 in4 in4 in6 in6 in8 in8 in10 in10 in3.
The average rainfall accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question.
Nairobi 1.1″0.9″1.8″3.4″2.0″0.3″0.1″0.2″0.2″1.3″2.5″1.7″
Mombasa 0.6″0.5″1.9″4.8″5.3″1.9″0.8″0.6″0.6″1.8″2.7″1.8″
Kisumu 2.1″2.2″5.3″9.7″7.5″3.5″2.6″3.4″3.6″4.8″5.2″3.1″

Hours of Daylight in Kenya

Hours of Daylight in KenyaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec4 hr4 hr6 hr6 hr8 hr8 hr10 hr10 hr12 hr12 hr14 hr14 hr16 hr16 hr18 hr18 hr20 hr20 hr12.212.012.1NowNowMombasaMombasaNairobiNairobiKisumuKisumu
The number of hours during which the Sun is at least partly above the horizon.
Nairobi 12.2h12.2h12.1h12.1h12.1h12.0h12.1h12.1h12.1h12.1h12.2h12.2h
Mombasa 12.3h12.2h12.1h12.0h11.9h11.9h11.9h12.0h12.1h12.2h12.3h12.4h
Kisumu 12.1h12.1h12.1h12.1h12.1h12.1h12.1h12.1h12.1h12.1h12.1h12.1h

Chance of Muggy Conditions in Kenya

Chance of Muggy Conditions in KenyaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%10098514MombasaMombasaNairobiNairobiKisumuKisumu
The percentage of time that is muggy, oppressive, or miserable (i.e., a dew point greater than 65°F).
Muggy daysJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Nairobi 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d
Mombasa 31.0d29.0d31.0d30.0d30.9d29.5d30.5d30.6d29.7d30.9d30.0d31.0d
Kisumu 6.4d5.7d9.6d14.3d12.4d4.2d1.3d1.3d2.1d4.3d6.3d6.8d

Average Wind Speed in Kenya

Average Wind Speed in KenyaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mph16 mph16 mph11.06.715.
The average of mean hourly wind speeds at 10 meters above the ground.
Wind Speed (mph)JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Nairobi 10.510.310.

Average Water Temperature in Kenya

Average Water Temperature in KenyaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec77°F77°F78°F78°F79°F79°F80°F80°F81°F81°F82°F82°F83°F83°F84°F84°F85°F85°FNaN8477NaNNowNowMombasaMombasa
The daily average wide-area surface water temperature.
Water Temp.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mombasa 82°F82°F84°F84°F82°F80°F78°F78°F78°F79°F81°F82°F

Tourism Score in Kenya

Tourism Score in KenyaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810107.
The tourism score, which favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F.

Beach/Pool Score in Kenya

Beach/Pool Score in KenyaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810104.
The beach/pool score, which favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F.

Growing Season in Kenya

Growing Season in KenyaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%20%20%40%40%60%60%80%80%100%100%NowNowMombasaMombasaNairobiNairobiKisumuKisumu
The percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season, defined as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

Growing Degree Days in Kenya

Growing Degree Days in KenyaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2,000°F2,000°F4,000°F4,000°F6,000°F6,000°F8,000°F8,000°F10,000°F10,000°F12,000°F12,000°FNowNowMombasaMombasaNairobiNairobiKisumuKisumu
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, where growing degree days are defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature (50°F in this case).

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Kenya

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in KenyaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh7.
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter.
Solar Energy (kWh)JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

This report illustrates the typical weather for Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

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