This report describes the typical weather at the Banjul International Airport (Banjul, The Gambia) weather station over the course of an average March. It is based on the historical records from 2007 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Banjul has a tropical savanna climate with dry winters. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (69%) and croplands (27%).
The month of March is characterized by gradually falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 93°F throughout the month, exceeding 101°F or dropping below 85°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of March, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is March 1 with 11:53 hours of daylight; the longest day is March 31 with 12:15 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 7:04am on March 31; the latest sunset is at 7:19pm on March 28; the latest sunrise is at 7:23am on March 1; the earliest sunset is at 7:16pm on March 1.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in 2012.
The median cloud cover ranges from 7% (clear) to 16% (mostly clear). The trend is for the sky to be becoming cloudier with the median cloud cover increasing by 9% from the start to the end of the month.
On March 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 9% of the time, partly cloudy 1% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 1% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 1%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout March, the most common forms of precipitation are light rain, moderate rain, and thunderstorms.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 51% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 1, when it is observed during 1% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 25% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 1, when it is observed during 0% of all days.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 16% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around March 1, when it is observed during 0% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in March or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 22% (dry) to 90% (very humid) over the course of a typical March, rarely dropping below 13% (very dry) and reaching as high as 98% (very humid).
The air is driest around March 1, at which time the relative humidity drops below 27% (dry) three days out of four; it is most humid around March 31, rising above 86% (very humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a typical March, the dew point typically varies from 44°F (dry) to 66°F (muggy) and is rarely below 34°F (dry) or above 69°F (muggy).
The time of the month between March 1 and March 28 is the most comfortable, with dew points that are neither too dry nor too muggy.
Over the course of March typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 15 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 55 mph (storm).
The highest average wind speed of 9 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around March 26, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 15 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 8 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around March 4, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 15 mph (moderate breeze).