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Weather in Nairobi

Nairobi sits at an elevation of 1,795m (5,889ft) and some 200km (124 miles) below the Equator, enjoying a moderate climate with average temperatures fluctuating between 17°C (63°F) to 21°C (70°F) year round.

January and February are a good time to visit Nairobi as they are relatively dry, with rainfall averaging 50mm (2 inches) and plenty of sunshine.

The months of March to May contain the long rainy season, making it a gloomy time to visit. April is the wettest month, averaging 130mm (5.1 inches) of rain, and it does not ease up until June.

July, August, September and October are peak tourist season in Nairobi. During this time the skies are clear, and wildlife is easy to spot among the dry grass in the national parks. Many safari enthusiasts use this time to start their trip from Nairobi to Masai Mara, hoping to catch a glimpse of some of the thousands of wildebeest and zebra migrating from June to October.

November and December contain the short rainy season, the downpour turning the city lush and green once again.

Guidetype and fpcity weatherwtg_cforecast_table
Weather (day) Temp (max day) Rain (mm) Wind (mph) Humidity Pressure Visibility
Monday
PartlyCloudyDay
Partly cloudy skies
25
°C
0.4
6
se
20-40%
1015 mb
good
Tuesday
OccLightRain
Patchy rain possible
25
°C
0.8
7
ese
20-40%
1016 mb
moderate
Wednesday
Sunny
Sunny skies
26
°C
0.3
8
ese
0-20%
1016 mb
good
Thursday
Sunny
Sunny skies
26
°C
0.3
7
ese
20-40%
1014 mb
good
Friday
Sunny
Sunny skies
26
°C
1.3
7
se
0-20%
1014 mb
good
Saturday
OccLightRain
Patchy rain possible
24
°C
1.4
8
ese
20-40%
1016 mb
moderate
Sunday
OccLightRain
Patchy rain possible
24
°C
3.5
7
ese
20-40%
1015 mb
moderate
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The maximum temperature is the highest temperature forecast between dawn and dusk, and the minimum temperature is the lowest temperature expected from dusk on the day in question to dawn the next day. The temperature is in °C, or Celsius.
Wind speed and direction are the conditions expected at midday. Wind direction is based on a 16 point compass. W, SW, SSW, etc. The wind direction states where the wind originates. Wind speed is listed in MPH or miles per hour.
Humidity levels indicates how much water vapour the air contains compared to the maximum it could contain at that temperature. As a general guide:
  • 0 to 30 is very low
  • 31 to 50 is low
  • 51 to 70 is moderate to low
  • 71 to 80 is moderate
  • 81 to 90 is moderate to high
  • 91 to 100 is high
Pressure is measured in millibars (mb)
Visibility based on whether the human eye can see the following distances:
  • Very poor - less than 1km
  • Poor - between 1km and 4km
  • Moderate - between 4km and 10km
  • Good - between 10km and 20km
  • Very good - between 20km and 40km
  • Excellent - more than 40km
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