Weather in January in Kenya

Many people wonder what the weather conditions are in January in Kenya. Is this month a good time to go to Kenya? To answer that question we created this page with all the information you need.

What is the weather like in Kenya in January?

The weather in Kenya in January ranges from unpleasant to perfect depending on the destination.

During January in Kenya, the temperature ranges from high in Marsabit with 25°C (77°F) to very high temperatures in Garissa with 37°C (98°F). Minimum nighttime temperatures generally drop to 23°C (73°F) in Garissa and 16°C (60°F) in Marsabit.

Precipitation in January ranges from almost non in Mandera with an average of 2mm (0.1inch) rainfall to high in Marsabit with 94mm (3.7inch). It is also generally a sunny month with an average of 288 hours of sunshine in Nairobi during the whole month.

We invite you to have a look at the map below to find out more about the different weather conditions per location in Kenya.

Where to go in Kenya in January

Find the average weather conditions in January for the most popular destinations in Kenya on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailed information.

Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20-29ºC / 68-84ºF and not too much precipitation (less than 90mm / 3.5inch a month).

Popular destinations in Kenya

What is the weather like in January for the 5 most popular destinations in Kenya?

Average weather in Nairobi

In January Nairobi generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 27°C (81°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 13°C (55°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Nairobi
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
25°C / 77°F 
14°C / 57°F 
257 hours 
78mm / 3.1inch 
9 days 
27°C / 81°F 
13°C / 55°F 
288 hours 
43mm / 1.7inch 
4 days 
28°C / 82°F 
13°C / 56°F 
266 hours 
49mm / 1.9inch 
4 days 
Climate in Nairobi

Average weather in Diani Beach

In January Diani Beach generally has very high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 33°C (92°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 22°C (72°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are pleasant that month.

Diani Beach
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
33°C / 91°F 
22°C / 72°F 
258 hours 
74mm / 2.9inch 
7 days 
33°C / 92°F 
22°C / 72°F 
272 hours 
32mm / 1.3inch 
4 days 
34°C / 93°F 
23°C / 73°F 
254 hours 
13mm / 0.5inch 
1 day 
Climate in Diani Beach

Average weather in Malindi

In January Malindi generally has very high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 31°C (87°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 24°C (74°F) and low monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Malindi
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
31°C / 88°F 
24°C / 74°F 
36mm / 1.4inch 
3 days 
31°C / 87°F 
24°C / 74°F 
10mm / 0.4inch 
2 days 
31°C / 88°F 
24°C / 75°F 
18mm / 0.7inch 
2 days 
Climate in Malindi

Average weather in Watamu

In January Watamu generally has very high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 31°C (87°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 24°C (74°F) and low monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Watamu
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
31°C / 88°F 
24°C / 74°F 
36mm / 1.4inch 
3 days 
31°C / 87°F 
24°C / 74°F 
10mm / 0.4inch 
2 days 
31°C / 88°F 
24°C / 75°F 
18mm / 0.7inch 
2 days 
Climate in Watamu

Average weather in Mombasa

In January Mombasa generally has very high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 33°C (92°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 22°C (72°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are pleasant that month.

Mombasa
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
33°C / 91°F 
22°C / 72°F 
258 hours 
74mm / 2.9inch 
7 days 
33°C / 92°F 
22°C / 72°F 
272 hours 
32mm / 1.3inch 
4 days 
34°C / 93°F 
23°C / 73°F 
254 hours 
13mm / 0.5inch 
1 day 
Climate in Mombasa

Is your destination not in the list? Have a look at other destinations in Kenya.

Is January the best time to go to Kenya?

In our opinion January is one of the best times to visit Kenya with commonly perfect weather in Nairobi.

On average the best time to visit Kenya is in January, February, March, June, July, August, September, October and December with generally perfect weather in Nairobi. The worst months are April, May and November that can have pleasant weather conditions.

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