UV index at 13.4 in Kigali 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 Kigali.
In Kigali, Rwanda, the UV index varies throughout the year. During the hottest months of December to February, the UV index can reach high levels, averaging around 11 (very high) on a scale of 1 to 11+. This means that it is important to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays by wearing sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, especially between 10 am and 4 pm.
Kigali experiences two distinct seasons – a rainy season and a dry season. The rainy season, which lasts from March to May and again from October to December, brings moderate to heavy rainfall. The average rainfall during this period ranges from 70 to 150 mm (2.8 to 5.9 inches) per month. The dry season, from June to September and January to February, is characterized by lower chances of rain, with monthly averages ranging from 10 to 30 mm (0.4 to 1.2 inches).
Compared to its surrounding region, Kigali enjoys a relatively pleasant climate. The city experiences a moderate amount of sunshine, with an average of 6 to 9 hours of sunshine per day throughout the year. This provides a balanced amount of warmth and helps maintain an average temperature of around 23 to 27 °C (73 to 81 °F). Kigali's elevation of approximately 1,567 meters (5,141 feet) above sea level also contributes to its cooler climate compared to lower-lying areas. However, it's still important to take precautions while spending extended periods outdoors to avoid sunburn and heat-related health risks.
The chart above displays the Shortwave Radiation Sum (MJ/m²) for each day of the last year in Kigali. It's designed to provide you with a better understanding of the yearly weather and sun exposure.