This report describes the typical weather at the Macau International Airport (Taipa Island (Ilha da Taipa), Macau) weather station over the course of an average year. It is based on the historical records from 1996 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Taipa Island (Ilha da Taipa) has a warm temperate climate with dry winters and hot summers. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (69%), croplands (24%), and grasslands (4%).
Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 55Â°F to 88Â°F and is rarely below 47Â°F or above 91Â°F.
The warm season lasts from May 20 to October 13 with an average daily high temperature above 83Â°F. The hottest day of the year is July 23, with an average high of 88Â°F and low of 80Â°F.
The cold season lasts from December 13 to March 5 with an average daily high temperature below 67Â°F. The coldest day of the year is January 26, with an average low of 55Â°F and high of 62Â°F.
The length of the day varies significantly over the course of the year. The shortest day is December 21 with 10:47 hours of daylight; the longest day is June 20 with 13:30 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 5:41am on June 6 and the latest sunset is at 7:14pm on July 5. The latest sunrise is at 7:08am on January 16 and the earliest sunset is at 5:41pm on November 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in 2012.
The median cloud cover ranges from 51% (partly cloudy) to 90% (mostly cloudy). The sky is cloudiest on April 5 and clearest on October 26. The clearer part of the year begins around July 4. The cloudier part of the year begins around January 8.
On October 26, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 57% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 36% of the time.
On April 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast, mostly cloudy, or partly cloudy 85% of the time, and clear or mostly clear 13% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the year. Precipitation is most likely around June 15, occurring in 65% of days. Precipitation is least likely around December 10, occurring in 22% of days.
Over the entire year, the most common forms of precipitation are light rain, thunderstorms, and moderate rain.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 41% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 17, when it is observed during 32% of all days.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 32% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around August 8, when it is observed during 35% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 25% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 28, when it is observed during 17% of all days.
During the warm season, which lasts from May 20 to October 13, there is a 56% 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 (51% of days with precipitation have at worst thunderstorms), light rain (27%), and moderate rain (20%).
During the cold season, which lasts from December 13 to March 5, 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 light rain (59% of days with precipitation have at worst light rain) and moderate rain (34%).
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 58% (mildly humid) to 95% (very humid) over the course of the year, rarely dropping below 39% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around December 15, at which time the relative humidity drops below 69% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around April 10, exceeding 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 year, the dew point typically varies from 47Â°F (dry) to 80Â°F (very oppressive) and is rarely below 34Â°F (dry) or above 82Â°F (very oppressive).
There are two periods in the year that are most comfortable: The first is between January 1 and March 22 and the second is between November 16 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 2 mph to 18 mph (light air to fresh breeze), rarely exceeding 25 mph (strong breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 12 mph (moderate breeze) occurs around December 6, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 18 mph (fresh breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 9 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around August 27, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 14 mph (moderate breeze).