This report describes the historical weather record at the Marsa Alam International Airport (Marsa Alam, Egypt) during 2013. This station has records back to May 2004.
Marsa Alam has a hot desert climate. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (94%) and lakes and rivers (6%)
Daylight saving time (DST) was not observed at Marsa Alam during 2013.
2013 was not a leap year, so it has 365 days and no February 29th. The first leap year before 2013 was 2012 and the first after was 2016.
The summer and winter solstices and the spring and fall equinoxes mark the passing of the seasons. They fall on nearly the same day each year, with differences of a day or two depending on the year. In 2013 they occurred on:
|Spring Equinox||Wednesday, 20 March 2013.|
|Summer Solstice||Friday, 21 June 2013.|
|Fall Equinox||Sunday, 22 September 2013.|
|Winter Solstice||Saturday, 21 December 2013.|
The hottest day of 2013 was September 20, with a high temperature of 106°F. For reference, on that day the average high temperature is 92°F and the high temperature exceeds 97°F only one day in ten. The hottest month of 2013 was June with an average daily high temperature of 96°F.
Relative to the average, the hottest day was September 20. The high temperature that day was 106°F, compared to the average of 92°F, a difference of 14°F. In relative terms the warmest month was March, with an average high temperature of 81°F, compared to an typical value of 78°F.
The longest warm spell was from April 28 to May 12, constituting 15 consecutive days with warmer than average high temperatures. The month of March had the largest fraction of warmer than average days with 74% days with higher than average high temperatures.
The coldest day of 2013 was February 16, with a low temperature of 46°F. For reference, on that day the average low temperature is 61°F and the low temperature drops below 56°F only one day in ten. The coldest month of 2013 was January with an average daily low temperature of 59°F.
Relative to the average, the coldest day was May 11. The low temperature that day was 46°F, compared to the average of 75°F, a difference of 28°F. In relative terms the coldest month was October, with an average low temperature of 71°F, compared to an typical value of 75°F.
The longest cold spell was from July 27 to August 8, constituting 13 consecutive days with cooler than average low temperatures. The month of October had the largest fraction of cooler than average days with 77% days with lower than average low temperatures.
This station did not reliably report the cloud coverage during 2013 but there is enough reported data to warrant the inclusion of the following graphs.
Either snow is exceptionally rare at this location or this station did not reliably report it during 2013.
Humidity is an important factor in determining how weather conditions feel to a person experiencing them. Hot and humid days feel even hotter than hot and dry days because the high level of water content in humid air discourages the evaporation of sweat from a person's skin.
When reading the graph below, keep in mind that the hottest part of the day tends to be the least humid, so the daily low (brown) traces are more relevant for understanding daytime comfort than the daily high (blue) traces, which typically occur during the night. Applying that observation, the least humid month of 2013 was June with an average daily low humidity of 17%, and the most humid month was November with an average daily low humidity of 38%.
But it is important to keep in mind that humidity does not tell the whole picture and the dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find a given set of weather conditions. Please see the next section for continued discussion of this point.
Dew point is the temperature below which water vapor will condense into liquid water. It is therefore also related to the rate of evaporation of liquid water. Since the evaporation of sweat is an important cooling mechanism for the human body, the dew point is an important measurement for understanding how dry, comfortable, or humid a given set of weather conditions will feel.
Generally speaking, dew points below 50°F will feel a bit dry to some people, but comfortable to people accustomed to dry conditions; dew points from 50°F to 68°F are fairly comfortable to most people, and dew points above 68°F are increasingly uncomfortable, becoming oppressive around 77°F.
To take some examples, and basing our categorization on the daily high dew point in 2013, January had 13 dry days, 16 comfortable days, and 2 humid days; April had 4 dry days, 25 comfortable days, and 1 humid day; July had no dry days, 24 comfortable days, and 7 humid days; and October had 1 dry day, 26 comfortable days, and 4 humid days.
The highest sustained wind speed was 139 mph, occurring on June 8; the highest daily mean wind speed was 23 mph (June 4);
The windiest month was July, with an average wind speed of 15 mph. The least windy month was November, with an average wind speed of 9 mph.
This station did not reliably report the visibility during 2013.
This station did not reliably report the cloud ceiling during 2013.