This report describes the typical weather at the Hilton Head Airport (Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States) weather station over the course of an average April. It is based on the historical records from 2005 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina has a warm humid temperate climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (54%), forests (29%), croplands (8%), lakes and rivers (6%), and grasslands (3%).
The month of April is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 72°F to 78°F over the course of the month, exceeding 83°F or dropping below 63°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of April, the length of the day is gradually increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 54 minutes, implying an average day-over-day increase of 1.8 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is April 1 with 12:33 hours of daylight; the longest day is April 30 with 13:26 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:37am on April 30; the latest sunset is at 8:03pm on April 30; the latest sunrise is at 7:10am on April 1; the earliest sunset is at 7:43pm on April 1.
Daylight savings time is observed in 2012 but it neither starts nor ends in April, so the entire month is in daylight time.
The median cloud cover is 18% (mostly clear) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On April 15, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 52% of the time, partly cloudy 8% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 18% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 21%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout April, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms, moderate rain, light rain, and drizzle.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 33% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around April 24, when it is observed during 8% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 24% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around April 1, when it is observed during 6% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 20% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around April 29, when it is observed during 5% of all days.
Drizzle is the most severe precipitation observed during 14% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around April 30, when it is observed during 3% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in April or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 47% (comfortable) to 95% (very humid) over the course of a typical April, rarely dropping below 29% (dry) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around April 13, at which time the relative humidity drops below 58% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around April 28, rising above 93% (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 April, the dew point typically varies from 48°F (dry) to 66°F (muggy) and is rarely below 34°F (dry) or above 72°F (very muggy).
The time of the month between April 1 and April 29 is the most comfortable, with dew points that are neither too dry nor too muggy.
Over the course of April typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 13 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 17 mph (moderate breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 7 mph (light breeze) occurs around April 17, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 12 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 6 mph (light breeze) occurs around April 28, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 11 mph (gentle breeze).