This report describes the typical weather at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (Quito, Ecuador) weather station over the course of an average February. It is based on the historical records from 2006 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Quito has a mediterranean climate with dry warm summers and mild winters. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by grasslands (34%), tundra (25%), shrublands (18%), forests (11%), and croplands (10%).
The month of February is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 66°F throughout the month, exceeding 70°F or dropping below 61°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of February, the length of the day is essentially constant.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:23am on February 29; the latest sunset is at 6:32pm on February 10; the latest sunrise is at 6:25am on February 13; the earliest sunset is at 6:30pm on February 29.
Daylight savings time (DST) is not observed in 2012.
The median cloud cover is 85% (mostly cloudy) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On February 15, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 7% of the time, partly cloudy 16% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 62% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the month. Precipitation is most likely around February 29, occurring in 51% of days. Precipitation is least likely around February 9, occurring in 45% of days.
Throughout February, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, light rain, and thunderstorms.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 41% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 16, when it is observed during 20% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 29% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 19, when it is observed during 15% of all days.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 21% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around February 27, when it is observed during 13% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in February or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 51% (mildly humid) to 97% (very humid) over the course of a typical February, rarely dropping below 38% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around February 29, at which time the relative humidity drops below 58% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around February 16, rising above 96% (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 February, the dew point typically varies from 45°F (dry) to 53°F (very comfortable) and is rarely below 41°F (dry) or above 55°F (very comfortable).
The time of the month between February 1 and February 29 is the most comfortable, with dew points that are neither too dry nor too muggy.
Over the course of February typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 14 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 23 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 4 mph (light breeze) occurs around February 1, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 13 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 4 mph (light breeze) occurs around February 26, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 13 mph (moderate breeze).