Kitale

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Kitale
Municipality
Nickname(s): KTL
Kitale is located in Kenya
Kitale
Kitale
Location in Kenya
Coordinates: 1°01′N 35°00′E / 1.017°N 35.000°E / 1.017; 35.000
Country  Kenya
County Trans-Nzoia County
Elevation 1,900 m (6,200 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 107,806 [1]
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Kitale is an agricultural town in western Kenya situated between Mount Elgon and the Cherangani Hills at an elevation of around 1,900 metres (6,200 ft).[2] Its population is 106,187 as of 2009.[1]

It is the administrative centre of Trans-Nzoia County. The main cash crops grown in the area are sunflower, tea, coffee, Pyrethrum, seed beans and seed maize. Kitale is a market town for the local agricultural area and is known for the Kitale Museum and an agroforestry centre. Saiwa Swamp National Park lies near the town.

The town was founded in 1908 by white settlers. A branch line of the Uganda Railway from Eldoret reached Kitale in 1926 which promoted growth of the town. Kitale is among the most diverse towns in the country.

Bondeni, Tuwan, Site and Service, Machinjoni, Mitume, Government Quarters, Matano, Lessos, Kibomet, Bidii are some of the well known centres and estates in Kitale.St Anthony's Boys High School, St. Joseph's Boys high School, St. Brigid's Girls High School, Kitale Academy and St. Monicas Girls High School comprise the oldest and best known High Schools within this Rift Valley Town.

The National Museum of Western Kenya is located at Kitale. It is a natural history museum and was originally created by Lt Col. Hugh Stoneham in 1926.[3]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Kitale
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 27.0
(80.6)
27.7
(81.9)
27.5
(81.5)
25.8
(78.4)
24.8
(76.6)
24.1
(75.4)
23.3
(73.9)
23.7
(74.7)
24.8
(76.6)
25.1
(77.2)
24.9
(76.8)
25.7
(78.3)
25.4
(77.7)
Daily mean °C (°F) 18.8
(65.8)
19.5
(67.1)
19.8
(67.6)
19.3
(66.7)
18.7
(65.7)
17.9
(64.2)
17.4
(63.3)
17.5
(63.5)
17.9
(64.2)
18.3
(64.9)
18.1
(64.6)
18.1
(64.6)
18.4
(65.1)
Average low °C (°F) 10.5
(50.9)
11.4
(52.5)
12.0
(53.6)
12.9
(55.2)
12.6
(54.7)
11.7
(53.1)
11.6
(52.9)
11.3
(52.3)
11.0
(51.8)
11.5
(52.7)
11.3
(52.3)
10.5
(50.9)
11.5
(52.7)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 20.4
(0.803)
52.2
(2.055)
102.5
(4.035)
190.3
(7.492)
198.4
(7.811)
101.1
(3.98)
123.3
(4.854)
150.9
(5.941)
102.8
(4.047)
91.5
(3.602)
90.9
(3.579)
34.8
(1.37)
1,259.1
(49.571)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 8 13 14 13 17 15 13 14 13 7 5 5 137
Mean monthly sunshine hours 257.3 218.4 226.3 195.0 210.8 207.0 192.2 201.5 210.0 223.2 207.0 254.2 2,602.9
Mean daily sunshine hours 8.3 7.8 7.3 6.5 6.8 6.9 6.2 6.5 7.0 7.2 6.9 8.2 7.13
Source: NOAA[4]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 1°01′N 35°00′E / 1.017°N 35.000°E / 1.017; 35.000

Famous Parsonalities from Kitale, Patrick Shim, Sammy Sholei - Player and currently Football Kenya Federation Senior. Vice Chairman, Maxim Itur - Fifa Referee