Best time to visit Mombasa

The best time to visit Mombasa is during the dry season from January to March when the chance of rain is minimal and temperatures average 28°C (82°F).

Mombasa weather

Mombasa has a tropical climate, with a hot, humid season from November to April and a cooler season from June to September.

January through March is hot and sunny, with minimal rainfall and temperatures average 28°C (82°F) with a high of 32°C (89°F).

Which is the hottest month in Mombasa?
The hottest month in Mombasa is usually March, with an average high daytime temperature of 32°C (89°F), with high heat and humidity and a night-time low of 24°C (75°F).

On the hottest days of the month, the temperature may reach 35°C (93°F).

The hot season usually lasts from mid-December to mid-April, with an average daily high above 31°C (87°F).

What is the humidity in Mombasa?
Mombasa experiences little seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 74% – 80% over the course of the year.

Typically, it's humid all year round, when almost every day in each month is muggy or worse.

We derive the humidity comfort level from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the air. A higher dew point feels muggy and uncomfortable.

Which is the coldest month in Mombasa?
The coldest month of the year in Mombasa is August, with an average high of 28°C (82°F) and an average night-time low of 20°C (68°F).

The cool season lasts from mid-June to late-September, with an average daily high temperature below 28°C (82°F).

Which is the sunniest month in Mombasa?
The sunniest month in Mombasa is February with an average of nine hours of sunshine per day; that's around 75% of daylight hours.

When is the sea warmest in Mombasa?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Mombasa in April when the water temperature reaches 29°C (84°F), which is very pleasant for swimming.

The sea in Mombasa is warm enough for swimming year-round.

Which month has the most rain in Mombasa?
May is usually the wettest month in Mombasa with 235mm (9in) of rainfall on average, distributed across 14 days.

The long, wet season lasts from April to December. During some years, the rains can be torrential.

The short, dry season lasts from January to March. The month with the fewest wet days in Mombasa is February, with one day and an average of 14mm (‹1in) of rainfall.

Which is the windiest month in Mombasa?
The windiest month of the year in Mombasa is July, with an average hourly wind speed of 25 kilometres per hour (15.5 mph; 13.5 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from May through to early-October, with average wind speeds of more than 19 kilometres per hour (12 mph; 10 knots).

The less-windy time of year lasts from early-October through to late-April. The calmest month of the year in Mombasa is November, with an average hourly wind speed of 14 kilometres per hour (8.7 mph; 7.6 knots).

The predominant average wind direction in Mombasa varies throughout the year.

Mombasa Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
32 33 33 31 29 29 28 28 29 29 30 32
Average low temperature (°C)
23 23 24 22 21 20 20 20 21 22 23 23
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
8 9 8 7 6 7 7 8 8 9 9 8
Average daily daylight (hrs)
12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Comfort level
High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Hot icon High heat icon
Average relative humidity (%)
75 74 75 79 83 80 80 80 79 79 81 79
UV Index (max)
11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11 10 10 11 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
3 1 5 10 15 10 10 8 9 9 8 7
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
35 14 55 155 235 90 70 70 65 105 105 75
Average wind speed (km/h)
18 17 14 16 22 24 25 23 21 17 14 15
Average sea temperature (°C)
28 28 29 29 28 27 26 25 25 26 28 28
Mombasa, Kenya

Source: Meteorological data for Mombasa is based on weather statistics gathered for the period 1991 to 2020 by the Kenya Meteorological Department from the nearest weather station: Moi International Airport (MBA), located 12km (7mi) west of central Mombasa.

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

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Latest update: Best time to visit Mombasa: 12 May, 2024

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