This report describes the typical weather at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (Wichita, Kansas, United States) weather station over the course of an average year. It is based on the historical records from 1974 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Wichita, Kansas has a humid continental climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by grasslands (61%), croplands (33%), and built-up areas (5%).
Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 21°F to 93°F and is rarely below 7°F or above 102°F.
The warm season lasts from June 3 to September 14 with an average daily high temperature above 82°F. The hottest day of the year is July 15, with an average high of 93°F and low of 71°F.
The cold season lasts from November 26 to February 22 with an average daily high temperature below 50°F. The coldest day of the year is January 11, with an average low of 21°F and high of 40°F.
The length of the day varies significantly over the course of the year. The shortest day is December 21 with 9:34 hours of daylight; the longest day is June 20 with 14:46 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:07am on June 14 and the latest sunset is at 8:56pm on June 26. The latest sunrise is at 7:58am on November 3 and the earliest sunset is at 5:11pm on December 9.
Daylight savings time (DST) is observed in this location during 2012, starting in the spring on March 11 and ending in the fall on November 4.
The median cloud cover ranges from 36% (mostly clear) to 68% (partly cloudy). The sky is cloudiest on February 28 and clearest on September 20. The clearer part of the year begins around June 20. The cloudier part of the year begins around November 20.
On September 20, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 66% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 32% of the time.
On February 28, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast, mostly cloudy, or partly cloudy 60% of the time, and clear or mostly clear 38% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the year. Precipitation is most likely around May 24, occurring in 44% of days. Precipitation is least likely around October 22, occurring in 28% of days.
Over the entire year, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms, light rain, light snow, and moderate rain.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 40% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around June 4, when it is observed during 29% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 24% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around April 10, when it is observed during 13% of all days.
Light snow is the most severe precipitation observed during 13% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around January 10, when it is observed during 15% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 10% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around April 26, when it is observed during 6% of all days.
During the warm season, which lasts from June 3 to September 14, there is a 35% average chance that precipitation will be observed at some point during a given day. When precipitation does occur it is most often in the form of thunderstorms (68% of days with precipitation have at worst thunderstorms), light rain (20%), and moderate rain (8%).
During the cold season, which lasts from November 26 to February 22, there is a 31% average chance that precipitation will be observed at some point during a given day. When precipitation does occur it is most often in the form of light snow (39% of days with precipitation have at worst light snow), light rain (19%), moderate snow (10%), and drizzle (9%).
The likelihood of snow falling is highest around January 16, occurring in 21% of days. The season in which it is relatively likely for snow to fall spans from November 14 to March 23.
Either snow rarely accumulates at this location or snow depth measurements are unavailable or unreliable.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 39% (comfortable) to 90% (very humid) over the course of the year, rarely dropping below 22% (dry) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around July 21, at which time the relative humidity drops below 47% (comfortable) three days out of four; it is most humid around June 1, exceeding 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 year, the dew point typically varies from 14°F (dry) to 69°F (muggy) and is rarely below -2°F (dry) or above 74°F (very muggy).
There are two periods in the year that are most comfortable: The first is between April 17 and June 9 and the second is between September 3 and October 17. The air feels neither too dry nor too muggy during these periods.
Over the course of the year typical wind speeds vary from 3 mph to 22 mph (light air to fresh breeze), rarely exceeding 30 mph (strong breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 14 mph (moderate breeze) occurs around April 2, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 22 mph (fresh breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 10 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around August 5, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 17 mph (moderate breeze).