The climate of Kenya
The Republic of Kenya is a country in East Africa on the Indian Ocean.
Within Kenya there are many differences in altitude. Mount Kenya is
even the second highest mountain in Africa with an altitude of 5,199
meters. The country was named after this mountain. The large
variations in the landscape are strengthened by the differences in
vegetation caused by the different climate types that can be found
within Kenya. Kenya is the driest country of the African countries
around the equator. The areas east of the high plains have a tropical
monsoon climate. The rainy season depends on the location you are in.
the capital Nairobi actually has two monsoons. A short rainy period in
November/December and a heavy rainy season from March till the
beginning of June. Whoever wants to go on a safari best travels during
another period. The coastal place Mombassa has one rainy season from
April till June. This period is followed by a period with lower
precipitation figures without being really dry.
Climate information of places and areas in Kenya
The climate information on this page is only brief. Specific
information about weather and climate can be found on the climate
pages per area or town. As for Kenya the following climate
information is available:
Kenya has a variation of climate types from tropical climates such as
the tropical rainforest climate in the south western part of the
country and a tropical monsoon climate in central Kenya and the south
east to warm steppe and desert climate in the north western and north
eastern parts. South of Nairobi several micro climates can be found;
together best described as a wet subtropical climate.
Kenya is located at a safe distance from hurricane zones. The risk of
a hurricane hitting Kenya is nil. However, floods and drought are a
recurring problem. The north eastern part of Kenya is often
temporarily and extremely dry. Some areas on the high plains may also
be very dry. The problem is that rainfall is very unpredictable in
Kenya. During one rainy season the wettest month may record 250
millimeters of rain while the next year twice the amount may be
Throughout Kenya several climate figures and temperatures can be
recorded. The figures below are for the capital Nairobi and cannot be
seen as an average for the country. Please, visit the individual
climate pages for climate records on other places in Kenya.
More climate information
Climate tables are useful but they don’t give an overall picture of
the climate and possible weather conditions during a period of time.
How high the chances are of hot or cold weather or hurricanes can
often not be found in these tables. This is why we offer extra climate
information per month. The figures below can are for the capital
Nairobi. Please, visit the individual climate pages for climate
records on other places in Kenya.
The information at this site was carefully composed from climate data collected by meteorological services, meteorological offices, climate experts and other sources. “More climate info” is based on statistics, climate data and personal experience. No rights can be derived from this site. Weather has no memory and gives no guaranties. Nothing is as changeable and unpredictable as the weather. The authors of this site feel in no way responsible for any damages caused by misinterpretation or other circumstances that may influence your holiday or trip to a certain destination. We provide information, it’s up to the reader to use it to it’s benefit.