Average Weather in May in Le Tampon Réunion
Daily high temperatures decrease by 3°F, from 76°F to 73°F, rarely falling below 70°F or exceeding 78°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 3°F, from 64°F to 61°F, rarely falling below 58°F or exceeding 67°F.
For reference, on January 26, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Le Tampon typically range from 69°F to 80°F, while on August 10, the coldest day of the year, they range from 58°F to 70°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in May
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on May. 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 May
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The month of May in Le Tampon experiences rapidly decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 26% to 12%.
The clearest day of the month is May 29, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 88% of the time.
For reference, on January 14, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 61%, while on September 2, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 94%.
Cloud Cover Categories in May
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Le Tampon, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is very rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 19% and ending it at 8%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 35% on February 10, and its lowest chance is 5% on July 10.
Probability of Precipitation in May
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 May in Le Tampon is rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 1.7 inches, when it rarely exceeds 3.9 inches or falls below 0.1 inches, and ending the month at 0.6 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.7 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in May
Over the course of May in Le Tampon, the length of the day is gradually decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 23 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 47 seconds, and weekly decrease of 5 minutes, 26 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is May 31, with 10 hours, 56 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 1, with 11 hours, 19 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May
The earliest sunrise of the month in Le Tampon is 6:35 AM on May 1 and the latest sunrise is 12 minutes later at 6:47 AM on May 31.
The latest sunset is 5:54 PM on May 1 and the earliest sunset is 11 minutes earlier at 5:43 PM on May 31.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Le Tampon during 2021.
For reference, on December 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:33 AM and sets 13 hours, 26 minutes later, at 6:59 PM, while on June 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:54 AM and sets 10 hours, 50 minutes later, at 5:44 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in May
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for May 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases. The label associated with each bar indicates the date and time that the phase is obtained, and the companion time labels indicate the rise and set times of the Moon for the nearest time interval in which the moon is above the horizon.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases in May
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 Le Tampon is very rapidly decreasing during May, falling from 53% to 16% over the course of the month.
For reference, on February 6, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 93% of the time, while on August 19, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 2% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in May
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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 Le Tampon is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 12.7 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on July 25, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 14.7 miles per hour, while on November 26, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 10.6 miles per hour.
The lowest daily average wind speed during May is 12.4 miles per hour on May 13.
Average Wind Speed in May
The hourly average wind direction in Le Tampon throughout May is predominantly from the east, with a peak proportion of 80% on May 1.
Wind Direction in May
Le Tampon 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 Le Tampon is gradually decreasing during May, falling by 2°F, from 80°F to 78°F, over the course of the month.
Average Water Temperature in May
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).
Temperatures in Le Tampon are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in May
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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 Le Tampon are rapidly increasing during May, increasing by 540°F, from 5,893°F to 6,433°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in May
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 Le Tampon is gradually decreasing during May, falling by 0.6 kWh, from 4.8 kWh to 4.2 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Le Tampon are -21.283 deg latitude, 55.518 deg longitude, and 1,739 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Le Tampon contains large variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,982 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,808 feet. Within 10 miles contains large variations in elevation (7,986 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (10,026 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Le Tampon is covered by trees (49%), grassland (28%), and shrubs (23%), within 10 miles by trees (49%) and water (31%), and within 50 miles by water (91%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Le Tampon, 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 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Le Tampon.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Le Tampon 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 Le Tampon is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Le Tampon and a given station.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , 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 airports 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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