UV index at 12 in Kampala means extreme risk; limit outdoor time from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., use shade, protective clothing, SPF 30+ sunscreen, and sunglasses; watch for bright surfaces like water and snow increasing UV exposure.
Read more here about the climate and sun exposure in and around Kampala.
The UV index in Kampala, Uganda, can reach high levels throughout the year, especially during the dry seasons. It is important to protect your skin by wearing sunblock (SPF 30+) and protective clothing to minimize the risk of sunburn and skin damage.
Kampala experiences two main weather seasons. The first is the dry season which runs from December to February and June to August, characterized by warm temperatures (around 27-30 °C or 81-86 °F) with minimal rainfall. The wet season, from March to May and September to November, brings heavier rainfall and slightly cooler temperatures (around 23-26 °C or 73-79 °F).
Compared to its region, Kampala tends to have a moderate amount of sun exposure. The equatorial climate in this area means that sun shines throughout the year. However, some neighboring areas, such as areas closer to the equator, may have higher UV exposure due to their proximity to the sun's direct rays. It is still essential to take precautions against sunburn and overexposure to UV radiation in Kampala.
The chart above displays the Shortwave Radiation Sum (MJ/m²) for each day of the last year in Kampala. It's designed to provide you with a better understanding of the yearly weather and sun exposure.