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Climate and weather of Kenya



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Climate

 
Kenya has three different climatic zones.

Temperatures are high in the east (30 to 35° all year round) and temperate in the mountains (25 to 27° from January to December). The annual rains are is low in the northeast (250 mm), moderate in the southeast (500 to 1 200 mm) and abundant in the mountains (1 000 to 2 000 mm). They vary greatly from one year to another. Sunshine is high and humidity is moderate except on the coast.

Southeastern Kenya
The coast located in the southeast has a hot and humid equatorial climate with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons. Humidity is consistently high and the sun shine seven to eight hours a day all year round.

First rainy season (April to May) and second rainy season (October to November)
Temperatures are stable (30°) and rainfall is high.

First dry season (December to March) and second dry season (June to September)
Temperatures are high (30° in July and 34° in February) and rainfall is moderate.

Northeastern Kenya
The northeast has a very dry equatorial climate with two very short rainy seasons and two long dry seasons. Humidity is low and sunshine is very high.

First rainy season (March, April) and second rainy season (November)
Temperatures range from 23° at night to 36° during the daytime (they sometimes reach 40°). Rainfall is low (250 to 500 mm).

First dry season (May to October) and second dry season (December to February)
Temperatures range from 33° to 38°. Rainfall is nonexistent or very low in some months.

Central and western Kenya
The mountains and the plateaus located in the west and in the center have a temperate equatorial climate with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons. Humidity is low.

First rainy season (April to May) and second rainy season (November to December)
Temperatures reach 25° during the day but they are often cool at night (12°). Rainfall is high (200 mm per month in April and May, 140 mm per month in November and December).

First dry season (June to October) and second dry season (January to March)
Temperatures range between 22° in July and 25° in January (they drop to 10° at night). Rainfall is very low each month.

 When to go to Kenya (pleasant climate) 
The climate of Kenya is pleasant during the following months :

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

 

Weather

(main cities) 
Average temperatures and rainfall

Nairobi (Capital of Kenya)

Temp
January
February
March
April
May
June
max
25°
27°
27°
25°
24°
23°
min
10°
11°
12°
13°
12°
10°
Temp
July
August
September
October
November
December
max
22°
23°
25°
25°
24°
24°
min
10°
11°
13°
12°

Rain
January
February
March
April
May
June
mm
60
50
90
240
190
40
Rain
July
August
September
October
November
December
mm
20
20
30
60
150
110

Mombasa

Temp
January
February
March
April
May
June
max
33°
34°
34°
33°
31°
29°
min
22°
22°
23°
23°
22°
20°
Temp
July
August
September
October
November
December
max
29°
29°
30°
30°
31°
33°
min
19°
19°
20°
21°
22°
22°

Rain
January
February
March
April
May
June
mm
30
10
50
150
230
90
Rain
July
August
September
October
November
December
mm
70
60
60
100
100
70

Weather data (temperatures and precipitation) for Kenya are derived from monthly averages established over the last twenty years.

Kenya weather (more cities)


 Quick facts 
Kenya, a country located in Eastern Africa, is bordered by Tanzania to the south, by Uganda to the west, by South Sudan to the northwest, by Ethiopia to the north, by Somalia to the east and by the Indian Ocean to the southeast.

Capital: Nairobi
Area: 583 000 kmē
Population: 45 000 000 inhabitants
Languages: Swahili, English
Currency: Kenyan shilling

Kenya










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