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- Bamburi Beach
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- Galu Beach
- Mara Lodges
- Nyali Beach
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The weather guide for Kenya (Mombasa) shows long term weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia) & today's weather forecast provided by meteoblue. Find out more about our data sources.
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Kenya weather overview
Not surprisingly, for one of the world's top holiday destinations, Kenya has (on the whole) a delightful climate. Sun worshippers staying in hotels along its Indian Ocean coast are saved from overheating by cool sea breezes; its hilly regions have seasonal changes but are always temperate and even its lowlands avoid the plague of high humidity: thanks to coastal breezes they are hot but dry. Weather conditions vary from region to region.
The coast has two rainy seasons: heavy rains fall during April and May with lighter precipitation in October and November. There can be showers at any time of year but these, conveniently, take place largely at night. Nights can be sultry but days are fresher with an average of 8 hours of sunshine and sea breezes to counter humidity.
Inland from the coast, in the lowlands, the weather is drier and hotter and desert-like towards the northern frontier. Because humidity is low, the heat is rarely oppressive but it is a good idea to acclimatise before rushing about in it.
In the highlands, which range from 1,200 to 2,200 metres (4,000 to 7,000 feet), rain comes twice a year (late March to the end of May and October to mid-December) but is rarely heavy. June to September is the cold dry season (known locally as 'Winter') with a lot of cloud, relatively little rain and cool evenings.
What to pack for Kenya weather
Along the coast light clothes are recommended here with wraps for protection against chilly morning breezes. While inland from the coast take light clothing. In the highlands, warmer clothing and light rainwear is advised for highland visits in the summer months. From December to March, light clothing is fine as you will bask in brilliant sunshine. If your trip includes a visit to Lake Victoria, be prepared for rainfall at any time. In the high mountains, temperatures can be frosty and you could even encounter snow, so wrap up warmly.
Which is the hottest month in Kenya?
The hottest time of year in Mombasa, Kenya is normally March. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 32°C with very high heat and humidity.
Which month has the most rain in Kenya?
In terms of rainfall, May is usually the wettest month in Mombasa, Kenya with 275mm on average. There are normally 19 days in May with some rain.
When is it sunniest in Kenya?
The sunniest time of year in Mombasa, Kenya is normally February with bright sunshine on average for 77% of daylight hours; that's 9 hours of sunshine per day.
When is the sea warmest in Kenya?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Mombasa, Kenya in April when the water temperature reaches 29°C.
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