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Best time to visit Nairobi, Kenya

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The best time to visit Nairobi is July-October

Nairobi is a place lots of people visit almost all year round, but if you’re looking for the best time to go, July-October is definitely the time you should visit. This is based on a number of factors such as the weather, cost of flights and accommodation, peak travel periods and more.

In the summer months, temperatures can reach as high as 28℃ (83℉) in Nairobi. The weather in the winter, especially around July, can reach a minimum of 12℃ (53℉).

The longest days between sunrise and sunset in Nairobi are usually in January, so if you want to get the most out of your daytime activities, be sure to plan your visit around this time. The wet season in Nairobi falls around April, so if you prefer the dryer weather, you should look to visit in January instead.

Keep reading to find out when the best times to travel to Nairobi are for whatever trip you’re planning. By the time you finish, you’ll have all the info you need, and you’ll be ready to start booking. Don’t know where to look or who to book with? Don’t stress! We’ve hand-picked our favourite online travel tools we use, know and love so you can rest assured you’re in safe hands. Happy reading!

Warmest month

March

Least rainfall

January

Most daylight

January

Nairobi seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Nairobi as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Nairobi is in the Southern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer December to February
Autumn/fall March to May
Winter June to August
Spring September to November

Average temperatures in Nairobi

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Nairobi for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Nairobi climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Nairobi for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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Nairobi in January

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average humidity: 69%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 28mm (1") over 12 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Nairobi in January, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Nairobi in February

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (58℉)
  • Average humidity: 65%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 33mm (1") over 13 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Nairobi in February, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Nairobi in March

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (60℉)
  • Average humidity: 67%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 56mm (2") over 19 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
19 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Nairobi in March, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Nairobi in April

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (67℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 125mm (5") over 27 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
27 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Nairobi in April, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Nairobi in May

  • Average temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (58℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 83mm (3") over 28 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
28 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Nairobi in May, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Nairobi in June

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average low temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 5 days
  • Average rainfall: 65mm (3") over 23 days
5 days
of pure sunshine
23 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Nairobi in June, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Nairobi in July

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average low temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 34mm (1") over 19 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
19 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Nairobi in July, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Nairobi in August

  • Average temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (56℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 34mm (1") over 16 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Nairobi in August, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Nairobi in September

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (58℉)
  • Average humidity: 67%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 31mm (1") over 17 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Nairobi in September, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.

Nairobi in October

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (60℉)
  • Average humidity: 68%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 61mm (2") over 22 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
22 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Nairobi in October, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Nairobi in November

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 3 days
  • Average rainfall: 68mm (3") over 25 days
3 days
of pure sunshine
25 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Nairobi in November, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Nairobi in December

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 58mm (2") over 20 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
20 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Nairobi in December, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Nairobi is usually March, where temperatures tend to rise to around 27℃ (80℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Nairobi is generally around January. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in January first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Nairobi is generally around April, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of April too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Nairobi, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in January are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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