Kenya weather

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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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When is the best time to go to Kenya?

The best time to go to Kenya (Mombasa) is June, August, September and October based on the following average weather conditions.

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  • 32°C maximum daytime temperature in January in Kenya (Mombasa)32
  • 32°C maximum daytime temperature in February in Kenya (Mombasa)32
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  • 31°C maximum daytime temperature in April in Kenya (Mombasa)31
  • 29°C maximum daytime temperature in May in Kenya (Mombasa)29
  • 28°C maximum daytime temperature in June in Kenya (Mombasa)28
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  • 28°C maximum daytime temperature in August in Kenya (Mombasa)28
  • 29°C maximum daytime temperature in September in Kenya (Mombasa)29
  • 29°C maximum daytime temperature in October in Kenya (Mombasa)29
  • 31°C maximum daytime temperature in November in Kenya (Mombasa)31
  • 31°C maximum daytime temperature in December in Kenya (Mombasa)31

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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.

What is the flight time to Kenya from the UK?

The flight time to Kenya from the UK is typically 8.5 hours.

What is the time difference between Kenya and the UK?

The time difference between Kenya and the UK is GMT+3 hours.

What is the main language spoken in Kenya?

The main languages spoken in Kenya are Swahili and English.

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What is the currency in Kenya?

The currency in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (KES).

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Which plugs are used in Kenya?

Kenya uses electrical plug type G (240 Volts).

Which side of the road do they drive on in Kenya?

They drive on the left side of the road in Kenya.

Do you need a visa for Kenya?

Yes, UK passport holders do need a visa to enter Kenya.

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Compare Kenya weather with the USA

Below the Kenya weather chart shows average maximum daytime temperature for Kenya (Mombasa) and the USA (Washington).

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