March Weather in Kota Kinabalu Malaysia
Daily high temperatures are around 89°F, rarely falling below 85°F or exceeding 92°F.
Daily low temperatures are around 76°F, rarely falling below 73°F or exceeding 78°F.
For reference, on April 29, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Kota Kinabalu typically range from 77°F to 90°F, while on January 19, the coldest day of the year, they range from 75°F to 87°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in March in Kota Kinabalu
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on March. 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 March in Kota Kinabalu
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The month of March in Kota Kinabalu experiences gradually increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 72% to 77%. The lowest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 72% on March 4.
The clearest day of the month is March 4, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 28% of the time.
For reference, on October 29, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 91%, while on March 4, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 28%.
Cloud Cover Categories in March in Kota Kinabalu
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Kota Kinabalu, the chance of a wet day over the course of March is rapidly increasing, starting the month at 21% and ending it at 28%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 58% on November 8, and its lowest chance is 19% on March 11.
Probability of Precipitation in March in Kota Kinabalu
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 March in Kota Kinabalu is increasing, starting the month at 2.7 inches, when it rarely exceeds 7.2 inches, and ending the month at 3.7 inches, when it rarely exceeds 8.1 inches or falls below 0.5 inches.
The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 2.7 inches on March 7.
Average Monthly Rainfall in March in Kota Kinabalu
Over the course of March in Kota Kinabalu, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is March 1, with 12 hours, 0 minutes of daylight and the longest day is March 31, with 12 hours, 10 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March in Kota Kinabalu
The latest sunrise of the month in Kota Kinabalu is 6:28 AM on March 1 and the earliest sunrise is 13 minutes earlier at 6:15 AM on March 31.
The latest sunset is 6:28 PM on March 1 and the earliest sunset is 3 minutes earlier at 6:25 PM on March 31.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Kota Kinabalu during 2023.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 6:03 AM and sets 12 hours, 28 minutes later, at 6:31 PM, while on December 22, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:20 AM and sets 11 hours, 47 minutes later, at 6:07 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in March in Kota Kinabalu
The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.
Solar Elevation and Azimuth in March in Kota Kinabalu
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for March 2023. 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 March in Kota Kinabalu
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 Kota Kinabalu is essentially constant during March, remaining around 100% throughout.
For reference, on March 20, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 100% of the time, while on January 12, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 100% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in March in Kota Kinabalu
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
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 Kota Kinabalu is decreasing during March, decreasing from 6.3 miles per hour to 5.0 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on January 23, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.0 miles per hour, while on May 14, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.5 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in March in Kota Kinabalu
The hourly average wind direction in Kota Kinabalu throughout March is predominantly from the north, with a peak proportion of 51% on March 1.
Wind Direction in March in Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu 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 Kota Kinabalu is gradually increasing during March, rising by 2°F, from 81°F to 83°F, over the course of the month.
Average Water Temperature in March in Kota Kinabalu
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 Kota Kinabalu 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 March in Kota Kinabalu
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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 Kota Kinabalu are very rapidly increasing during March, increasing by 919°F, from 1,788°F to 2,707°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in March in Kota Kinabalu
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 Kota Kinabalu is essentially constant during March, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 6.2 kWh throughout.
The highest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during March is 6.3 kWh on March 23.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in March in Kota Kinabalu
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Kota Kinabalu are 5.975 deg latitude, 116.072 deg longitude, and 16 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Kota Kinabalu contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 302 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 31 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (2,789 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (13,432 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Kota Kinabalu is covered by artificial surfaces (57%) and water (30%), within 10 miles by water (52%) and trees (20%), and within 50 miles by water (53%) and trees (31%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Kota Kinabalu, 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 Kota Kinabalu.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Kota Kinabalu 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 Kota Kinabalu is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Kota Kinabalu and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are:
To get a sense of how much these sources agree with each other, you can view a comparison of Kota Kinabalu and the stations that contribute to our estimates of its temperature history and climate. Please note that each source's contribution is adjusted for elevation and the relative change present in the MERRA-2 data.
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 .
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