Average Weather in April in Lake Charles Louisiana, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 6°F, from 74°F to 81°F, rarely falling below 66°F or exceeding 87°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 7°F, from 56°F to 63°F, rarely falling below 44°F or exceeding 72°F.
For reference, on August 11, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Lake Charles typically range from 75°F to 91°F, while on January 23, the coldest day of the year, they range from 44°F to 61°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in April
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on April. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature in April
El Hamma, Tunisia (5,752 miles away); Fuzhou, China (8,002 miles); and Roxby Downs, Australia (9,487 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Lake Charles (view comparison).
The month of April in Lake Charles experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 38% throughout the month. The lowest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 37% on April 23.
The clearest day of the month is April 23, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 63% of the time.
For reference, on July 13, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 51%, while on October 26, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 68%.
Cloud Cover Categories in April
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Lake Charles, the chance of a wet day over the course of April is gradually increasing, starting the month at 25% and ending it at 28%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 50% on June 30, and its lowest chance is 25% on April 5.
Probability of Precipitation in April
To show variation within the month and not just the monthly total, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during April in Lake Charles is increasing, starting the month at 3.7 inches, when it rarely exceeds 7.3 inches or falls below 1.1 inches, and ending the month at 4.3 inches, when it rarely exceeds 8.4 inches or falls below 1.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in April
Over the course of April in Lake Charles, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 50 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 43 seconds, and weekly increase of 12 minutes, 0 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is April 1, with 12 hours, 30 minutes of daylight and the longest day is April 30, with 13 hours, 19 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in April
The latest sunrise of the month in Lake Charles is 7:01 AM on April 1 and the earliest sunrise is 31 minutes earlier at 6:30 AM on April 30.
The earliest sunset is 7:31 PM on April 1 and the latest sunset is 18 minutes later at 7:49 PM on April 30.
Daylight saving time is observed in Lake Charles during 2018, but it neither starts nor ends during April, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 6:11 AM and sets 14 hours, 6 minutes later, at 8:17 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:05 AM and sets 10 hours, 12 minutes later, at 5:16 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in April
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Lake Charles is very rapidly increasing during April, rising from 23% to 48% over the course of the month.
For reference, on July 21, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 99% of the time, while on January 29, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 5% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in April
This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Lake Charles is essentially constant during April, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 8.8 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on April 11, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 9.0 miles per hour, while on August 16, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.8 miles per hour.
The highest daily average wind speed during April is 9.0 miles per hour on April 11.
Average Wind Speed in April
Wind Direction in April
Lake Charles is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average surface water temperature in Lake Charles is increasing during April, rising by 6°F, from 67°F to 74°F, over the course of the month.
Average Water Temperature in April
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
The growing season in Lake Charles typically lasts for 10 months (303 days), from around February 10 to around December 11, rarely starting after March 15, or ending before November 15.
The month of April in Lake Charles is reliably fully within the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in April
Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
The average accumulated growing degree days in Lake Charles are rapidly increasing during April, increasing by 519°F, from 742°F to 1,261°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in April
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Lake Charles is gradually increasing during April, rising by 0.6 kWh, from 5.8 kWh to 6.5 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in April
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Lake Charles are 30.213 deg latitude, -93.204 deg longitude, and 10 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Lake Charles is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 23 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 10 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (66 feet). Within 50 miles is essentially flat (249 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Lake Charles is covered by artificial surfaces (84%), within 10 miles by cropland (42%) and herbaceous vegetation (32%), and within 50 miles by herbaceous vegetation (39%) and cropland (24%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Lake Charles year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Lake Charles.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Lake Charles according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Lake Charles is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Lake Charles and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Chennault International Airport (68%, 5.9 kilometers, east); Lake Charles Regional Airport (31%, 10 kilometers, south); and Beauregard Regional Airport (1.7%, 70 kilometers, north).
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
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