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Best time to visit Kampala, Uganda

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The best time to visit Kampala is June-October

Kampala can be visited year-round, but based on the ideal climate conditions, cost of travel, and avoiding peak holiday periods, June-October is the best time to go.

In summer, the average maximum temperature is around 28℃ (83℉), but temperatures can sometimes reach as high as 31℃ (87℉) on the hottest days of the year. In the winter months, it can get down to as low as 14℃ (57℉) at night.

The sun stays up the longest in Kampala in January, so you’ll get the most out of your daytime activities if you visit around this time. The wet season in Kampala usually falls during the months surrounding October each year. It’s not uncommon to get some decent rainfall or light showers during this time, but on some days the weather tends to be fine for a majority of the day, with only a few drops of rain falling from a passing shower.

Keep reading to learn more about the best times to go to Kampala, including detailed weather information and tools to help you find and book great deals on your travel.

Warmest month

February

Least rainfall

January

Most daylight

January

Kampala seasons

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

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

Average temperatures in Kampala

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 Kampala 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.

Kampala 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 Kampala 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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OCT
NOV
DEC

Kampala in January

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 18mm (1") over 11 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kampala 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.


Kampala in February

  • Average temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 23mm (1") over 13 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kampala 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.


Kampala in March

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 39mm (2") over 19 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
19 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kampala 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.


Kampala in April

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 3 days
  • Average rainfall: 53mm (2") over 23 days
3 days
of pure sunshine
23 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kampala 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.


Kampala in May

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 3 days
  • Average rainfall: 55mm (2") over 22 days
3 days
of pure sunshine
22 days
of showers or rain

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


Kampala in June

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 24mm (1") over 16 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

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


Kampala in July

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 19mm (1") over 17 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

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


Kampala in August

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 5 days
  • Average rainfall: 30mm (1") over 22 days
5 days
of pure sunshine
22 days
of showers or rain

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


Kampala in September

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 40mm (2") over 23 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
23 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kampala 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.

Kampala in October

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 3 days
  • Average rainfall: 70mm (3") over 24 days
3 days
of pure sunshine
24 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kampala 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.


Kampala in November

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average humidity: 85%
  • Average sunny days: 3 days
  • Average rainfall: 62mm (2") over 23 days
3 days
of pure sunshine
23 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kampala 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.


Kampala in December

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 36mm (1") over 17 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kampala 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 Kampala is usually February, where temperatures tend to rise to around 28℃ (83℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Kampala 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 Kampala is generally around October, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of October too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Kampala, 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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