UV index at 13.4 in Kinshasa 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 Kinshasa.
The UV index in Kinshasa ranges from moderate to high throughout the year, with an average value of around 8 (29). This means that it is important to protect your skin and eyes from the sun's harmful rays by wearing sunscreen, protective clothing, and sunglasses, especially between 10 am and 4 pm.
Kinshasa has two main seasons - a wet season and a dry season. The wet season, which lasts from October to May, is characterized by high humidity and heavy rains, with temperatures ranging between 23-31 °C (73-88 °F). The dry season, from June to September, is less humid with less precipitation and temperatures ranging between 19-28 °C (66-82 °F).
Compared to its neighboring regions, Kinshasa has a tropical savanna climate with moderate rainfall throughout the year. However, the city experiences more sun exposure due to its proximity to the equator. Therefore, it is important for residents and visitors to stay hydrated, seek shade, and take necessary precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses, especially during the hotter months.
The chart above displays the Shortwave Radiation Sum (MJ/m²) for each day of the last year in Kinshasa. It's designed to provide you with a better understanding of the yearly weather and sun exposure.