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Climate and Average Weather Year Round at Narok Kenya

At Narok, the wet season is warm and overcast and the dry season is comfortable and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 50°F to 80°F and is rarely below 45°F or above 84°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Narok for warm-weather activities is from mid July to mid October.

Climate at Narok

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Narok weather by month. Click on each chart for more information.

Average Temperature at Narok

The warm season lasts for 3.0 months, from December 26 to March 27, with an average daily high temperature above 78°F. The hottest day of the year is March 3, with an average high of 80°F and low of 52°F.

The cool season lasts for 3.1 months, from May 14 to August 17, with an average daily high temperature below 73°F. The coldest day of the year is July 14, with an average low of 50°F and high of 71°F.

Average High and Low Temperature at Narok

Average High and Low Temperature at NarokwarmcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FJul 1471°FJul 1471°FMar 380°FMar 380°F50°F50°F52°F52°FDec 2678°FDec 2678°FMay 1473°FMay 1473°FAug 1773°FAug 1773°F51°F51°F57°F57°F51°F51°FNowNow
The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature at Narok

Average Hourly Temperature at NarokJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmwarmwarm
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.

Volcano, Hawaii, United States (10,979 miles away); Chacoma, Mexico (8,771 miles); and Los Planes, Honduras (8,510 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Narok (view comparison).

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Clouds

At Narok, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year at Narok begins around June 25 and lasts for 3.5 months, ending around October 8. On September 2, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 52% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 48% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 8 and lasts for 8.5 months, ending around June 25. On April 18, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 79% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 21% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories at Narok

Cloud Cover Categories at NarokclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Sep 252%Sep 252%Apr 1821%Apr 1821%Jun 2536%Jun 2536%Oct 837%Oct 837%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days at Narok varies very significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 6.9 months, from October 27 to May 23, with a greater than 34% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 59% on April 25.

The drier season lasts 5.1 months, from May 23 to October 27. The smallest chance of a wet day is 9% on July 3.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 59% on April 25.

Daily Chance of Precipitation at Narok

Daily Chance of Precipitation at NarokwetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Apr 2559%Apr 2559%Jul 39%Jul 39%Jan 126%Jan 126%Oct 2734%Oct 2734%May 2334%May 2334%NowNowrain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Narok experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 11 months, from July 29 to July 1, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around April 21, with an average total accumulation of 6.1 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.0 weeks, from July 1 to July 29. The least rain falls around July 13, with an average total accumulation of 0.4 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall at Narok

Average Monthly Rainfall at NarokrainrainJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in2 in2 in4 in4 in6 in6 in8 in8 in10 in10 in12 in12 inApr 216.1 inApr 216.1 inJul 130.4 inJul 130.4 inNov 203.0 inNov 203.0 inFeb 12.0 inFeb 12.0 inNowNow
The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Sun

The length of the day at Narok does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 11 minutes of 12 hours throughout. In 2021, the shortest day is June 21, with 12 hours, 3 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 12 hours, 11 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Narok

The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 6:15 AM on November 5, and the latest sunrise is 31 minutes later at 6:46 AM on February 14. The earliest sunset is at 6:24 PM on October 31, and the latest sunset is 31 minutes later at 6:55 PM on February 8.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed at Narok during 2021.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight at Narok

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight at NarokJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMNov 56:15 AMNov 56:15 AM6:55 PMFeb 86:55 PMFeb 8Oct 316:24 PMOct 316:24 PM6:46 AMFeb 146:46 AMFeb 14daynightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2021. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.

Moon

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.

Moon Rise, Set & Phases at Narok

The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

The perceived humidity level at Narok, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels at Narok

Humidity Comfort Levels at NarokJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Sep 300%Sep 300%Jan 200%Jan 200%humidhumidcomfortablecomfortabledrydry
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed at Narok experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 2.9 months, from September 13 to December 10, with average wind speeds of more than 8.6 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is October 21, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.1 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 9.1 months, from December 10 to September 13. The calmest day of the year is January 30, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.2 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed at Narok

Average Wind Speed at NarokwindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mphOct 2110.1 mphOct 2110.1 mphJan 307.2 mphJan 307.2 mphSep 138.6 mphSep 138.6 mphDec 108.6 mphDec 108.6 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction at Narok is from the east throughout the year.

Wind Direction at Narok

Wind Direction at NarokJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNoweastsouthnorth
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Narok throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.

The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Narok for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid July to mid October, with a peak score in the second week of September.

Tourism Score at Narok

Tourism Score at Narokbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810106.86.84.84.85.85.85.75.7NowNowtemperaturetemperature tourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Narok for hot-weather activities are from early January to mid March and from mid September to mid October, with a peak score in the first week of March.

Beach/Pool Score at Narok

Beach/Pool Score at Narokbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810103.83.81.81.83.73.73.03.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature beach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.

Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.

Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.

Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.

Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it 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).

Temperatures at Narok are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at Narok

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at NarokJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%100%Jan 1100%Jan 1100%Jul 3100%Jul 3NowNowcoldcoolcomfortablewarm
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 percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

Growing Degree Days at Narok

Growing Degree Days at NarokJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F1,000°F1,000°F2,000°F2,000°F3,000°F3,000°F4,000°F4,000°F5,000°F5,000°FJul 1090°FJul 1090°FSep 17900°FSep 17900°FNov 171,800°FNov 171,800°FJun 305,069°FJun 305,069°FNowNow
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 1.7 months, from January 31 to March 22, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.1 kWh. The brightest day of the year is March 5, with an average of 7.4 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.4 months, from May 29 to August 8, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 6.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is June 19, with an average of 5.6 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Narok

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at NarokbrightdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhMar 57.4 kWhMar 57.4 kWhJun 195.6 kWhJun 195.6 kWhAug 86.0 kWhAug 86.0 kWhNowNow
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Narok are -1.133 deg latitude, 35.833 deg longitude, and 6,155 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Narok contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 318 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 6,141 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,526 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (8,018 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Narok is covered by shrubs (62%) and trees (27%), within 10 miles by shrubs (42%) and trees (22%), and within 50 miles by trees (28%) and shrubs (27%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather at Narok, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

Narok has a weather station that reported reliably enough during the analysis period that we have included it in our network. When available, historical temperature and dew point measurements are taken directly from this weather station. These records are obtained from NOAA's Integrated Surface Hourly data set, falling back on ICAO METAR records as required.

In the case of missing or erroneous measurements from this station, we fall back on records from nearby stations, adjusted according to typical seasonal and diurnal intra-station differences. For a given day of the year and hour of the day, the fallback station is selected to minimize the prediction error over the years for which there are measurements for both stations.

The stations on which we may fall back are Kericho Airport, Nakuru Airport, Nairobi / Dagoretti, Nairobi / Wilson, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kisii Airport, Nyeri Airport, and Kisumu Airport.

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.