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Kenya Climate

Sun rays illuminating the Masai Mara, KenyaKenya is located on the equator, which means its temperatures are fairly constant throughout the year.

Image: Kenya weather symbolLocal weather forecast for Kenya


But the climate in Kenya can vary, dramatically, depending on region and altitude. The coast tends to be hot and humid, whereas the rolling plains of Kenya's interior is mainly hot and dry. The climate in the north and north-east region of Kenya is the hottest and driest, resulting in the most arid conditions. It is here that Kenya has suffered drought.

Visitors will experience a vast change in Kenya's climate if travelling to areas such as the Great Rift Valley. The climate in the Central Highlands and western regions of Kenya can be cooler with precipitation (mist or rainfall) occurring throughout most of the year. Higher altitudes bring colder climates, which is why Mount Kenya is usually snow-capped.


Dry/Rainy seasons in KenyaTemperature in Kenya
Image: Sun with cloud weather symbolDry season
July - October
December - March
Image: Hot weather symbolHottest months
December - March
Image: Rain-cloud weather symbolRainy Season
Short: Oct - Dec
Long: Mar - Jun
Image: Cold weather symbolCoolest months
July and August


Best time to go to Kenya
The dry season - July to early October - is the coolest time of the year in Kenya and is considered the best climate for game viewing. This is also the time of the Great Wildebeest Migration, when more than a million wildebeest, zebra and other grazing wildlife migrate north, from the south of the Serengeti, into the Masai Mara. 


Weather forecast for Kenya

Image: Kenya weather symbolClick on a region below for a detailed forecast of today's weather in Kenya and a summary of the weather in Kenya for the next 10 days. It includes; maximum, minimum and record temperatures in Kenya, humidity, wind speed, sunrise and sunset times, a satellite view of Africa and a detailed description of the climate in Kenya.

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