Aberdare National Park Weather : Aberdare National Park is a protected area in the Aberdare Mountain Range in the central Kenya located east of the East African Rift Valley. It covers the higher areas and the Aberdare Salient to the east. The Aberdare national park is located about 100km north of Nairobi and stretches over a wide variety of the terrain at altitudes from 2000 meters (6,600 ft.) to 4,000 meters (13,000 ft.). The park was established in 1950, the Aberdare National Park covers an area of 766 square kilometers and forms part of the Aberdare Mountain Range. The park contains a wide range of landscapes from mountain peaks that rise to 4000 meters (13000ft) above the sea level V-shaped valleys intersected by the streams, rivers and the waterfalls. Moorland, bamboo forests and the rainforests are found at lower altitudes.
Aberdare National Park Weather.
Weather is meant as the state of the atmosphere a particular place and time as regards heat, cloudiness, dryness, sunshine, wind, rain and many others. The weather of the Aberdare national park is described and explained as in the following; The Weather conditions are determined by the major six factors in any place forexample in the Aberdare national park that includes the air temperature, air pressure, humidity of the air, amount and kind of the cloud cover, amount and kind of the precipitation, and the speed and direction of the wind.
The altitude in the Aberdares varies widely from 1,952 to 3,894 meters (6,404 to 12,776 ft.). The temperatures drop by about 6.50C for every 1,000 meters you climb (or 3.50F per 1,000ft), so even Aberdare National Park there are wide climatic variations. The climate is usually cool and misty. Heavy rain occurs year-round, averaging as much as 3,000 millimeters per annum in the southeast areas. Being close to the equator, temperatures are quite uniform throughout the year. So the warm and the waterproof clothing is essential.
The Aberdare national park has got two different seasons that are received in the park throughout the year
Dry season (June to September)
During the dry season in the Aberdare national park, it still rains a lot. This is the coldest time of the year with afternoon temperatures around 150/590F.Night time and the early mornings are cold just a few degrees above the freezing.
June and July. It so mostly sunny but it can rain at any time. The average afternoon temperature is 150C/590F. It is recommended to bring warm and the waterproof clothing.
August and September. Rain increases slightly in August and temperatures are picking up a little in September. Afternoon temperatures reach up to 160C/610F.
Wet Season (October to May)
Although the wet season runs from October to May, there is a drier period from December to February separating the ‘short rains’ from the ‘long rains’. There are many overcast, cloudy days and it can rain for long periods.
October and November. Short rains’; the rains usually increase sometime in October. Afternoon temperatures are around 170C/630F.
December, January and February. There is a period of less rain between the short and the long rains. The exact timing is difficult to predict and it will still be wet some days. These are the warmest months with afternoon temperatures up to 180C/640F.
March, April and May. ‘Long rains’; April is the wettest month. It rains most days, but not always for the whole day. Tracks might become slippery and difficult to navigate. Early mornings are slightly less cold with average temperatures around 50C/410F.
Best time to visit Aberdare National Park.
Considered more of a year-round safari destination than some of the other parks, Aberdare National Park is a mountainous and can experience mist and rain throughout the year. The best drier months of January and February and from the month of June to September are usually the best times to visit the most rewarding game viewing which makes the tourists to enjoy the activity because all the animal species during that time can be present in the park and the hiking activity can also be nicely done during that period of time.