Weather in May in Kenya

Many people wonder what the weather conditions are in May 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 May?

The weather in Kenya in May ranges from poor to perfect depending on the destination.

May has maximum daytime temperatures ranging from warm in Eldoret with 24°C (74°F) to very warm temperatures in Garissa with 35°C (95°F). Nighttime temperatures generally drop to 23°C (73°F) in Garissa and 11°C (51°F) in Eldoret.

Precipitation ranges from low in Garissa with 16mm (0.6inch) rainfall to heavy in Malindi with 301mm (12inch) rainfall. In general it is also a moderate sunny month with an average of 175 hours of sunshine in Nairobi during the whole month.

Where to go in Kenya in May

Find the average weather conditions in May 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 May for the 5 most popular destinations in Kenya?

Average weather in Nairobi

In May Nairobi generally has warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 24°C (76°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 14°C (58°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are pleasant 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
<<   April April
<<  
26°C / 79°F 
15°C / 59°F 
204 hours 
159mm / 6.3inch 
13 days 
24°C / 76°F 
14°C / 58°F 
175 hours 
107mm / 4.2inch 
11 days 
June   >> June
>>  
24°C / 74°F 
12°C / 54°F 
159 hours 
26mm / 1inch 
5 days 
Climate in Nairobi

Average weather in Diani Beach

In May Diani Beach generally has very warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 31°C (88°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 22°C (71°F) and heavy monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor 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
<<   April April
<<  
32°C / 90°F 
23°C / 73°F 
224 hours 
158mm / 6.2inch 
11 days 
31°C / 88°F 
22°C / 71°F 
202 hours 
242mm / 9.5inch 
15 days 
poor 
June   >> June
>>  
30°C / 85°F 
20°C / 68°F 
209 hours 
91mm / 3.6inch 
11 days 
Climate in Diani Beach

Average weather in Malindi

In May Malindi generally has warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 29°C (84°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 24°C (74°F) and heavy monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Malindi
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
<<   April April
<<  
31°C / 88°F 
24°C / 76°F 
165mm / 6.5inch 
10 days 
29°C / 84°F 
24°C / 74°F 
301mm / 12inch 
16 days 
poor 
June   >> June
>>  
28°C / 82°F 
23°C / 73°F 
156mm / 6.1inch 
12 days 
Climate in Malindi

Average weather in Watamu

In May Watamu generally has warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 29°C (84°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 24°C (74°F) and heavy monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Watamu
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
<<   April April
<<  
31°C / 88°F 
24°C / 76°F 
165mm / 6.5inch 
10 days 
29°C / 84°F 
24°C / 74°F 
301mm / 12inch 
16 days 
poor 
June   >> June
>>  
28°C / 82°F 
23°C / 73°F 
156mm / 6.1inch 
12 days 
Climate in Watamu

Average weather in Mombasa

In May Mombasa generally has very warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 31°C (88°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 22°C (71°F) and heavy monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor 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
<<   April April
<<  
32°C / 90°F 
23°C / 73°F 
224 hours 
158mm / 6.2inch 
11 days 
31°C / 88°F 
22°C / 71°F 
202 hours 
242mm / 9.5inch 
15 days 
poor 
June   >> June
>>  
30°C / 85°F 
20°C / 68°F 
209 hours 
91mm / 3.6inch 
11 days 
Climate in Mombasa

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Is May the best time to go to Kenya?

In our opinion May is not the best time to visit Kenya with commonly pleasant 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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