The current local time in Kenya is determined by the East African Time zone, which puts Mombasa, the country’s coastal city, three hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Mombasa, known for its idyllic location along the Indian Ocean and its beautiful white sandy beaches and luxurious hotels and resorts, is the second-largest city in Kenya and located in the southernmost part of the country. (For the current local time, refer to the section above.)
The Tropical Climate of Mombasa
The Mombasa region enjoys a tropical climate, characterized by warm and humid days with an average temperature of 32 degrees Celsius or 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The area experiences two main seasons: the dry and wet seasons.
The Dry Season in Mombasa
The dry season in Mombasa, which occurs from June to October, offers the perfect weather for outdoor activities such as sunbathing, snorkelling, windsurfing and walking. The warm and pleasant weather during this time makes it the ideal time to participate in these activities. Additionally, the dry season is the peak season for tourism in the region, which often leads to higher prices at hotels and other establishments for both local and international travellers.
The Wet Season in Mombasa
Overlooked by most tourists, the wet season is still a great time to experience the area. The typical weather during the wettest months is characterized by heavy rainfall and occasional thunderstorms, but don’t let this put you off as the rain during these months is mainly confined to morning and night time, leaving plenty of time to enjoy various activities during the day. Mosquitoes are also few to none during this time, and the nights are not as warm. Additionally, the area is less crowded, and most hotels are a lot cheaper at this time of the year. Some of the activities to be enjoyed at this time of the year include game viewing, day trips to local parks, and walks on the beaches. Refer to our attractions section for a comprehensive guide on the various attractions and when to enjoy them.