Average Weather in Nakuru Kenya
In Nakuru, the summers are short, warm, and overcast and the winters are long, cool, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 53°F to 82°F and is rarely below 48°F or above 86°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Nakuru for warm-weather activities are from mid July to mid October and from late November to mid March.
The warm season lasts for 1.9 months, from January 27 to March 23, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F. The hottest day of the year is March 1, with an average high of 82°F and low of 55°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 8 to August 30, with an average daily high temperature below 76°F. The coldest day of the year is September 13, with an average low of 53°F and high of 77°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
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
In Nakuru, 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 in Nakuru begins around July 3 and lasts for 3.3 months, ending around October 13. On September 2, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 43% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 57% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 13 and lasts for 8.7 months, ending around July 3. On April 20, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 84% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 16% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Nakuru varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 8.2 months, from March 24 to November 30, with a greater than 37% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 60% on April 29.
The drier season lasts 3.8 months, from November 30 to March 24. The smallest chance of a wet day is 14% on January 22.
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 60% on April 29.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
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. Nakuru experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Nakuru. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around April 24, with an average total accumulation of 6.2 inches.
The least rain falls around January 31, with an average total accumulation of 1.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Nakuru does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 8 minutes of 12 hours throughout. In 2018, the shortest day is June 21, with 12 hours, 6 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 22, with 12 hours, 8 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:15 AM on November 4, and the latest sunrise is 31 minutes later at 6:46 AM on February 13. The earliest sunset is at 6:23 PM on November 2, and the latest sunset is 31 minutes later at 6:53 PM on February 10.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Nakuru during 2018.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
The perceived humidity level in Nakuru, 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
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Nakuru experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.5 months, from October 4 to May 20, with average wind speeds of more than 6.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 7, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.7 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.5 months, from May 20 to October 4. The calmest day of the year is July 25, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Nakuru varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 3.2 months, from June 3 to September 9, with a peak percentage of 60% on July 28. The wind is most often from the east for 8.8 months, from September 9 to June 3, with a peak percentage of 77% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Nakuru 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 times of year to visit Nakuru for general outdoor tourist activities are from mid July to mid October and from late November to mid March, with a peak score in the second week of September.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Nakuru for hot-weather activities is from mid January to mid March, with a peak score in the third week of February.
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.
Temperatures in Nakuru 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
Growing Degree Days
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 2.0 months, from January 22 to March 23, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.2 kWh. The brightest day of the year is March 4, with an average of 7.6 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.6 months, from June 1 to August 20, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 5.8 kWh. The darkest day of the year is July 24, with an average of 5.4 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Nakuru are -0.283 deg latitude, 36.067 deg longitude, and 6,106 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Nakuru contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,234 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 6,171 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,287 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (9,902 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Nakuru is covered by artificial surfaces (51%), trees (23%), and shrubs (19%), within 10 miles by cropland (45%) and shrubs (21%), and within 50 miles by trees (33%) and cropland (32%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Nakuru, 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
There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Nakuru.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Nakuru according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Nakuru is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Nakuru and a given station.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .