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What to Expect of Kenya's Climate

By and large, Kenya's climate is warm all year round, with plenty of sunshine and cools nights and mornings. However, if you are traveling across Kenya, expect to experience different weather patterns due to Kenya's differing topographical dimensions.

Generally, the hottest season falls between February and March with temperatures as high as 93F, while the coolest season falls between July and August with temperatures dropping to the low 50's(F).

In Mombasa, Malindi and around the coastal regions, it is humid and hot. The city of Malindi, for instance, receives an average rainfall of 1,050 mm (41 in) per year, with average temperatures and weather forecasts ranging from 70 to 90F in January and 68to 84F in July.

The low plateau area is the driest part of the country. There, the town of Wajir receives an average annual rainfall of 320 mm (13 in) and experiences average temperatures ranging from 66 to 99F in January and 66 to 93F in July.

Nairobi, the capital city situated in the temperate Kenyan highlands, receives an average annual rainfall of 790 mm (31 in) with average temperatures ranging from 48 to 84F in January and 45 to 79F in July.

Areas of higher altitude within the highlands receive much larger amounts of rainfall. The Lake Victoria basin in Western Kenya is generally the wettest region in the country, in particular, the highland regions to the north and south of Kisumu, where average annual rainfall ranges from 1,740 mm (70 in) to 1,940 mm (80 in). Average temperatures in this region range from 57 to 93F in January and 57 to 86F in July.

The average annual temperatures and climates in Kenya's main areas are:
Nairobi: Max 77F, Min 55F
Mombasa (coast): Max 86F, Min 72F
North plains: Max 93F, Min 73F

Kenya Weather and Rainfall

Rainfall is seasonal throughout most of Kenya. The coast, eastern plateaus and Lake Basin experience two rainy seasons: the "long rains" extend from March to June, while the "short rains" occur from October to December. The highlands of Western Kenya have a single rainy season, lasting from March to September.

All parts of the country are subject to periodic droughts, or delays in the start of the rainy seasons. Kenya's climate has had a profound effect on settlement patterns as, for centuries, the population has been concentrated in the wettest areas of the country.

If you're coming to Kenya on a vacation or holiday, you will enjoy the weather because most of the Kenyan tourist destinations have near perfect temperatures. It's neither too hot, nor too cool, with long, sun-filled days.

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