This report describes the typical weather at the Kaohsiung International Airport (Kaohsiung City, Taiwan) 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.
Kaohsiung City 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 (50%), croplands (46%), and shrublands (3%).
Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 59°F to 90°F and is rarely below 53°F or above 93°F.
The warm season lasts from May 28 to October 5 with an average daily high temperature above 87°F. The hottest day of the year is July 6, with an average high of 90°F and low of 79°F.
The cold season lasts from December 10 to March 2 with an average daily high temperature below 78°F. The coldest day of the year is January 24, with an average low of 59°F and high of 75°F.
The length of the day varies significantly over the course of the year. The shortest day is December 21 with 10:44 hours of daylight; the longest day is June 20 with 13:32 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 5:13am on June 10 and the latest sunset is at 6:48pm on July 2. The latest sunrise is at 6:41am on January 15 and the earliest sunset is at 5:13pm on November 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in 2012.
The median cloud cover ranges from 60% (partly cloudy) to 81% (mostly cloudy). The sky is cloudiest on August 25 and clearest on December 27. The clearer part of the year begins around October 7. The cloudier part of the year begins around April 18.
On December 27, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 61% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 39% of the time.
On August 25, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast, mostly cloudy, or partly cloudy 80% of the time, and clear or mostly clear 19% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the year. Precipitation is most likely around August 15, occurring in 60% of days. Precipitation is least likely around November 28, occurring in 14% of days.
Over the entire year, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, light rain, and thunderstorms.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 36% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around August 23, when it is observed during 20% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 31% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around August 28, when it is observed during 13% of all days.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 27% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around August 13, when it is observed during 26% of all days.
During the warm season, which lasts from May 28 to October 5, there is a 51% 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 (37% of days with precipitation have at worst thunderstorms), moderate rain (34%), and light rain (23%).
During the cold season, which lasts from December 10 to March 2, there is a 18% 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 rain (47% of days with precipitation have at worst light rain), moderate rain (37%), drizzle (9%), and thunderstorms (5%).
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at any time during the year at this location or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 54% (mildly humid) to 95% (very humid) over the course of the year, rarely dropping below 43% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around January 1, at which time the relative humidity drops below 59% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around August 7, exceeding 91% (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 53°F (very comfortable) to 79°F (oppressive) and is rarely below 45°F (dry) or above 81°F (very oppressive).
There are two periods in the year that are most comfortable: The first is between January 1 and March 10 and the second is between November 29 and December 31. The air feels neither too dry nor too muggy during these periods.
Over the course of the year typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 14 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 21 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 8 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around July 3, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 14 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 5 mph (light breeze) occurs around November 4, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 11 mph (gentle breeze).