This report describes the typical weather at the Enrique Malek International Airport (David, Panama) weather station over the course of an average year. It is based on the historical records from 2009 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
David has a tropical monsoon climate with short dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by forests (54%), oceans and seas (29%), and croplands (16%).
Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 73Â°F to 92Â°F and is rarely below 71Â°F or above 95Â°F.
The warm season lasts from February 15 to April 3 with an average daily high temperature above 91Â°F. The hottest day of the year is March 13, with an average high of 92Â°F and low of 76Â°F.
The cold season lasts from October 5 to November 27 with an average daily high temperature below 85Â°F. The coldest day of the year is January 20, with an average low of 73Â°F and high of 89Â°F.
The length of the day does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 37 minutes of 12 hours throughout. The shortest day is December 21 with 11:38 hours of daylight; the longest day is June 20 with 12:37 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:10am on May 24 and the latest sunset is at 6:53pm on July 17. The latest sunrise is at 6:50am on February 2 and the earliest sunset is at 6:06pm on November 16.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in 2012.
The median cloud cover ranges from 49% (partly cloudy) to 83% (mostly cloudy). The sky is cloudiest on August 3 and clearest on February 15. The clearer part of the year begins around December 9. The cloudier part of the year begins around April 15.
On February 15, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 39% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 9% of the time.
On August 3, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast, mostly cloudy, or partly cloudy 62% of the time, and clear or mostly clear 2% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the year. Precipitation is most likely around September 14, occurring in 82% of days. Precipitation is least likely around January 24, occurring in 8% of days.
Over the entire year, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms, moderate rain, and light rain.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 69% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around September 6, when it is observed during 67% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 15% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around October 25, when it is observed during 17% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 14% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around November 1, when it is observed during 17% of all days.
During the warm season, which lasts from February 15 to April 3, there is a 15% 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 (72% of days with precipitation have at worst thunderstorms), moderate rain (17%), and light rain (10%).
During the cold season, which lasts from October 5 to November 27, there is a 72% 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 (55% of days with precipitation have at worst thunderstorms), moderate rain (21%), and light rain (20%).
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 44% (comfortable) to 98% (very humid) over the course of the year, rarely dropping below 35% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around March 9, at which time the relative humidity drops below 49% (comfortable) three days out of four; it is most humid around October 28, exceeding 98% (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 64Â°F (mildy humid) to 77Â°F (oppressive) and is rarely below 60Â°F (comfortable) or above 79Â°F (oppressive).
Over the course of the year typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 16 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 70 mph (violent storm).
The highest average wind speed of 10 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around March 8, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 16 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 2 mph (light air) occurs around July 6, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 9 mph (gentle breeze).