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Kenya is quite diverse geographically, with different areas of the country have quite varied climatic conditions. Monsoon winds temper the tropical conditions of the coastal areas. The temperature in Nairobi is normally pleasant throughout the year, due to its altitude.

Lake Victoria gets much higher temperatures, and the rainfall is also quite heavy. The highlands have four distinct seasons, whereas the lowlands are hot all year round but mainly dry. The coldest months in Kenya are July and August. During these months, it can often be quite overcast.

CONSERVATIONIST RICHARD LEAKEY ON CLIMATE CHANGE IN KENYA

There are 2 distinct rainy seasons throughout most of Kenya. From late October until November you will find the short rain season, with the longer rains taking place from March to early June.

Most rains occur during the late afternoon, with the days being fine, preceded by bright, sunny and fresh days. Most rains do not continue for extended periods of time.

Kenya like many other Member countries of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has invested a lot of financial and human resources into the scientific research aimed at the understanding and forecasting of weather.

Every day massive amounts of data are collected and stored at National Meteorological Centers the world over. However the general publics for whose benefit the weather services are offered have, for a long time remained unaware of the services. This is especially true in developing countries Kenya being unexceptional.

The services therefore remain under exploited and sometimes unappreciated. Thus the 11th congress of the WMO in 1991 adopted the concept of the Public Weather Services Program (PWSP) to solve this problem.

The program was meant to enhance the visibility of the national weather services, the understanding of vital meteorological information and improve the interpretation of forecasts and warnings by the public.

WMO also recognized the fact that the development and subsequent implementation of the PWSP at national level will be country oriented in accordance with the member's unique socio-cultural and economic environment.

The Kenya Meteorological Department set up its National Public Weather Services, NPWS, and section in mid 1995 in accordance with the recommendations made by the two expert meetings on PWS in Geneva, (March 1992 and April 1994). The main objectives being to enhance awareness of available meteorological services, their benefits to the public, policy makers and to ensure correct public understanding and interpretation of the meteorological information.

This was based on the understanding that the more knowledge the public and policy makers have on weather, the more they will appreciate and be supportive of efforts aimed at improving the quality of weather forecast

Travelers should not be put off traveling during these months, as very few roads are affected by the rain and the scenery can be even more spectacular. Also prices are often lower and tourist destinations less crowded. When traveling to areas close to the coast and lakeside, lightweight clothing is recommended (such as cottons and linens). It is also strongly recommended that wet weather clothing is taken, especially during the wet months. Warmer clothing may be needed during the colder months.


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