Nairobi winter bites harder

Nairobi has experienced unusually chilly weather in the past week, as the Southern Hemisphere winter gets to a climax. With daytime temperatures at only 14 degrees centigrade (14C), city residents have to dress warmly or else succumb to chest infections common at this time of year. At night, temperatures drop to a low of 8C.

Nairobi residents in winter clothing

Nairobi residents in winter clothing

Winter clouds in the city of Nairobi creating a grey atmosphere.

Winter clouds in the city of Nairobi creating a grey atmosphere.

The Kenyan highlands, where Nairobi is located, have an equivalent of winter between June and August each year when cold winds blow from the South Pole. During this time, the sun has moved northwards, bringing summer to the northern hemisphere of our planet, which includes Europe, North America and the Far East. Cold winds blow through the region because of differences in air pressure between the northern summer and the southern winter.

The Nairobi winter is not as wet as northern hemisphere winters. Sometimes, if its cold enough, we might get light showers. However, the more tropical parts of Western Kenya, the Western Rift Valley and the Coastal regions tend to be exceedingly wet at this time.

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2 Responses

  1. You don’t know how much I would rather be there right now putting on my jacket because it’s cold. I think we’ve had more than 15 days now here of 100 degree F (approx 38 C) weather. I can deal with the cold better than the heat.

  2. For Kenyans, 14C is coold! But then, that’s why Kenya – especially the Central and Rift Valley highlands – is such a wonderful place to live in. Even during the hot season, temperatures rarely go above 30C.

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