Climate and monthly weather forecast
Kitgum, Uganda


The climate of Kitgum

Nestled in Uganda, Kitgum experiences a tropical wet and dry climate, falling under the Köppen climate classification of 'Aw'. The climatic scenario here predominantly signifies substantial temperature variation and rainfall distribution over the cycle of a year. A distinctive weather pattern unfolds across different months, shaping the overall climate of this geographical location.

On average, the temperature in Kitgum trends from a high of 34.2°C (93.6°F) dropping as low as 16.7°C (62.1°F) throughout the year. A significant differentiation can be noticed in humidity levels from 38% to 85% across various months, clearly indicating the alternating dry and wet spells prevalent here. Fluctuation in rainfall also occurs, ranging from a scant 7mm (0.28") to a substantial 161mm (6.34"), with the number of actual rainy days varying from a minimal 3.8 to a maximum of 28.2 days per month.

Monthly sunshine hours in Kitgum stay relatively stable all year round, with daylight lasting between 11.9 to 12.3 hours. However, actual sunshine hours do waver slightly from a low of 8.4 hours to a high of 9.9 hours in specific months. As can be expected in a tropical setting, the UV index remains moderately high between 5 and 7.

The best time to visit Kitgum

The most opportune time to visit Kitgum arguably falls between December and February. During these months, the city experiences the least rainfall, from 7mm (0.28") in December to a mere 13mm (0.51") in February, with 3.8 and 5.8 rainy days respectively, indicative of an overall dry period. Additionally, temperatures remain on the higher side, providing ample warmth and sunshine, estimated at up to 9.9 hours a day. Moreover, these months witness humidity levels drop to between 38% to 39%, further enhancing the comfort factor.

The worst time to visit Kitgum

Contrastingly, the months from April to September pose the least appealing time for a visit. During this period, precipitation levels rocket from 119mm (4.69") in April to a towering 161mm (6.34") in September, with an approximate of 25 to 28 rainy days per month. Correspondingly, humidity levels peak at 84% to 85%, contributing to a heightened level of discomfort. Despite the reasonably consistent daylight hours (12.2 to 12.3 hours), actual sunshine hours drop to a yearly low of around 2.3 to 2.8 hours per day.

Spring weather in Kitgum

Defining spring weather in Kitgum, using the traditional definition of spring, can be tricky given the tropical climate of the region. However, spring-like weather conditions can generally be ascribed to March and April. In these months, temperature averages hover between 29.2°C (84.6°F) to 32.5°C (90.5°F), paired with a noticeable spike in rainfall from 53mm (2.09") to 119mm (4.69"), with corresponding rainy days stretching from 14.7 to 25.4 days per month. Also, humidity rises to a substantial 56% to 77%, providing a sense of the warm and wet conditions in Kitgum during this period.

Summer weather in Kitgum

Equivalently, Kitgum's summer, predominantly May to July, witnesses a further intensification of rainfall. Marking a jump in precipitation, rainfall measures from 119mm (4.69") to 154mm (6.06"), with 26.4 and up to 28.2 rainy days across these months. While temperatures exhibit a subtle cooling trend from 27.3°C (81.1°F) to 26.8°C (80.2°F), humidity soars to reach a yearly peak of 85%.

Autumn weather in Kitgum

August through October in Kitgum can be likened to autumn in terms of weather trends. Despite an increase in temperature from 27.1°C (80.8°F) to 28.5°C (83.3°F), rainfall continues to remain considerably high between 134mm (5.28") to 161mm (6.34"). Meanwhile, humidity presents a slight downtick, shifting from 84% in August to 76% by October.

Winter weather in Kitgum

The months of November to February can be deemed as the "winter" period in Kitgum. During these months, the area witnesses a steep decline in precipitation, with rainfall falling from 97mm (3.82") in November to a year's low of just 7mm (0.28") in December. A lowering trend in humidity from 76% to 58% aids toward clearer skies. While the temperature does rise marginally from 28°C (82.4°F) to 30.5°C (86.9°F) between November and January, it peaks at 34.2°C (93.6°F) in February, providing ample warmth during this "winter" phase.

Weather in January

January ushers in the New Year in Kitgum with relatively stable temperatures. The weather during this time sees minor shifts from the mellow December climate. With highs of 33.5°C (92.3°F), the temperatures remain soothing without being too cold. Weather in January »

Weather in February

Weather transitions subtly in February from the climatic conditions seen in January. The day temperature experiences a minimal hike, marking an average of 34.2°C (93.6°F). Kitgum continues its dry spell in February, registering only 13mm (0.51") of rain. Weather in February »

Weather in March

March signifies the end of the dry season in Kitgum with a noticeable change in the weather pattern. The area starts receiving higher volumes of rain, marked by 53mm (2.09") precipitation, giving much-needed respite from the dry spell. Weather in March »

Weather in April

April ushers in the wet season in full swing, witnessing a significant leap in the rainfall. This transition phase in the weather patterns brings relief from the high temperatures of the previous month. Alongside the increased rain, the average pressure also goes up, lending a cooler atmosphere in Kitgum. Weather in April »

Weather in May

May is known for maintaining the wet atmosphere brought by April showers. During this month, rainfall peaks at 144mm (5.67"), ensuring a predominantly wet month. With the arrival of increased rain, temperatures fall slightly compared to April, lending a cool ambiance to the region. Weather in May »

Weather in June

June continues to maintain Kitgum's rainy season. However, this month observes a slight decline in rainfall from May, introducing a minor respite in the wet surroundings. The reduced precipitation corresponds with a marginal dip in the average temperature. Weather in June »

Weather in July

July continues the trend of the rainy season from June, but the daily downpour marginally decreases. Weather in Kitgum in July is known for its slight dip in temperatures, offering a cool respite amidst the wet season. Regardless of the increased cloud cover, the city gets a fair share of sunshine each day. Weather in July »

Weather in August

The weather in Kitgum in August records a rise in rainfall, marking 154mm (6.06") precipitation. Coinciding with this, relative humidity remains significantly high with the continuation of the wet season. However, the sun does not shy away, casting hours of sunlight throughout the day. Weather in August »

Weather in September

September marks a shift in the weather pattern in Kitgum, with the rainy season starting to fade away. The region continues to experience rain, but the volume reduces, indicating an upcoming dry phase. Despite the gradual decrease in rainfall, the relative humidity continues to remain high. Weather in September »

Weather in October

October maintains the departure trend from the wet season, featuring a further drop in precipitation from September. The weather experiences a gradual increase in temperature, breaking away from the cooler months. Despite this, the relative humidity remains relatively high, keeping the dewy feel. Weather in October »

Weather in November

The weather in November witnesses a significant shift in Kitgum's wind patterns. As the month progresses, the wind speed accelerates, reaching up to 6.3km/h (3.9mph). Despite this, November maintains the cooler ambience marked by the earlier months. Weather in November »

Weather in December

December marks a fitting end to the year in Kitgum with a comfortable climate. Moving away from the last traces of rain in November, Kitgum moves towards a more dry season. The temperatures exhibit a minor rise, making it warmer compared to November. Weather in December »

Frequently asked questions

What is the least humid month in Kitgum?

With an average relative humidity of 38%, January is the least humid month.

What is the driest month in Kitgum?

January is the month with the least rainfall. Rain falls for 3.8 days and accumulates 7mm (0.28") of precipitation.

How much does it rain in Kitgum?

In Kitgum, during the entire year, the rain falls for 248.4 days and collects up to 1167mm (45.94") of precipitation.

What are the months with the most sunshine in Kitgum?

January and February, with an average of 9.9h of sunshine, are months with the most sunshine in Kitgum.

What are the months with the highest UV index in Kitgum?

January and February, with an average maximum UV index of 7, are months with the highest UV index in Kitgum, Uganda.

What is the hottest time of year in Kitgum?

February, recognised by an average high temperature of 34.2°C (93.6°F) and a low of 21.4°C (70.5°F), is Kitgum's warmest month.

What is the most humid month in Kitgum?

May is the most humid month in Kitgum, Uganda, with an average relative humidity of 85%.

What is the month with the least sunshine in Kitgum?

The months with the least sunshine in Kitgum are May and August, with an average of 8.4h of sunshine.

When is the lowest UV index in Kitgum?

May through July, with an average maximum UV index of 5, are months with the lowest UV index.

When are the longest days in Kitgum?

June has the longest days of the year in Kitgum, Uganda, with an average of 12h and 18min of daylight.

What are the coldest months in Kitgum?

July proves to be the coldest month, recording an average maximum temperature of 26.8°C (80.2°F) and a minimum temperature of 16.7°C (62.1°F).

What is the rainiest month in Kitgum?

The month with the most rainfall is October, when the rain falls for 27.4 days and typically aggregates up to 161mm (6.34") of precipitation.

What is the month with the shortest days in Kitgum?

The month with the shortest days in Kitgum, Uganda, is December, with an average of 11h and 54min of daylight.

Is there Daylight Saving Time (DST) in Kitgum?

Kitgum does not observe Daylight Saving Time (DST). EAT timezone is used throughout the entire year.

Average temperature
Kitgum, Uganda

Average temperature - Kitgum, Uganda

The warmest month (with the highest average high temperature) is February (34.2°C).
The month with the lowest average high temperature is July (26.8°C).

The month with the highest average low temperature is February (21.4°C).
The coldest month (with the lowest average low temperature) is July (16.7°C).


Average pressure
Kitgum, Uganda

Average pressure - Kitgum, Uganda

The month with the highest atmospheric pressure is July (1013.6mbar).
The month with the lowest atmospheric pressure is February (1009mbar).


Average wind speed
Kitgum, Uganda

Average wind speed - Kitgum, Uganda

The windiest month (with the highest average wind speed) is February (8.1km/h).
The calmest months (with the lowest average wind speed) are August and September (4km/h).


Average rainfall
Kitgum, Uganda

Average rainfall - Kitgum, Uganda

The wettest month (with the highest rainfall) is October (161mm).
The driest month (with the least rainfall) is January (7mm).


Average rainfall days
Kitgum, Uganda

Average rainfall days - Kitgum, Uganda

The month with the highest number of rainy days is August (28.2 days).
The month with the least rainy days is January (3.8 days).


Average daylight / Average sunshine
Kitgum, Uganda

Average daylight / Average sunshine - Kitgum, Uganda

The month with the longest days is June (Average daylight: 12h and 18min).
The month with the shortest days is December (Average daylight: 11h and 54min).

The months with the most sunshine are January and February (Average sunshine: 9h and 54min).
The months with the least sunshine are May and August (Average sunshine: 8h and 24min).


Average sunshine days
Kitgum, Uganda

Average sunshine days - Kitgum, Uganda

The month with the most sunshine days is January (25.8 days).
The month with the least sunshine days is September (1.7 days).


Average visibility
Kitgum, Uganda

Average visibility - Kitgum, Uganda

The months with the highest visibility are January, February, March and December (10km).
The months with the lowest visibility are May and August (7km).


Kitgum, Uganda

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