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Average Weather in January in Managua Nicaragua

In Managua, the month of January is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 89°F throughout the month, rarely exceeding 92°F or dropping below 86°F.

Daily low temperatures are around 71°F, rarely falling below 67°F or exceeding 74°F. The lowest daily average low temperature is 71°F on January 20.

For reference, on April 25, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Managua typically range from 76°F to 94°F, while on January 15, the coldest day of the year, they range from 71°F to 89°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in January

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on January. 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 January

Average Hourly Temperature in January in Managua18152229112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282829293030313112 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMDecFebhotwarmcomfortable
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < chilly < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.


The month of January in Managua experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 24% throughout the month. The lowest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 22% on January 4.

The clearest day of the month is January 4, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 77% of the time.

For reference, on June 6, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 89%, while on January 4, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 77%.

Cloud Cover Categories in January

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The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.



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 January in Managua is essentially constant, remaining about 0.1 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.3 inches or falling below -0.0 inches.

The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 0.0 inches on January 14.

Average Monthly Rainfall in January

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.


Over the course of January in Managua, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is January 1, with 11 hours, 26 minutes of daylight and the longest day is January 31, with 11 hours, 37 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in January

The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise of the month in Managua is 6:05 AM on January 1 and the latest sunrise is 5 minutes later at 6:10 AM on January 24.

The earliest sunset is 5:31 PM on January 1 and the latest sunset is 15 minutes later at 5:46 PM on January 31.

Daylight saving time is not observed in Managua during 2017.

For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:21 AM and sets 12 hours, 50 minutes later, at 6:12 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:00 AM and sets 11 hours, 25 minutes later, at 5:25 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in January

The solar day over the course of January. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.


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 Managua is decreasing during January, falling from 71% to 64% over the course of the month.

For reference, on September 18, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 100% of the time, while on January 31, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 64% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in January

Humidity Comfort Levels in January in Managua1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%DecFebJan 171%Jan 171%Jan 3164%Jan 3164%Jan 1168%Jan 1168%Jan 2165%Jan 2165%humidhumidmuggymuggyoppressiveoppressivecomfortablecomfortable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: 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 Managua is essentially constant during January, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 8.1 miles per hour throughout.

For reference, on February 6, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.3 miles per hour, while on October 3, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.3 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in January

The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
The hourly average wind direction in Managua throughout January is predominantly from the east, with a peak proportion of 95% on January 30.

Wind Direction in January

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The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Water Temperature

Managua 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 Managua is essentially constant during January, remaining around 81°F throughout.

Average Water Temperature in January

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

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 Managua is gradually increasing during January, rising by 0.6 kWh, from 5.8 kWh to 6.4 kWh, over the course of the month.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in January

The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.


For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Managua are 12.133 deg latitude, -86.250 deg longitude, and 367 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Managua contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 541 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 366 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (2,949 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (4,465 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Managua is covered by trees (51%) and grassland (38%), within 10 miles by water (29%) and trees (26%), and within 50 miles by water (33%) and grassland (23%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Managua 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 is only a single weather station, Augusto César Sandino International Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Managua.

At a distance of 9 kilometers from Managua, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.

The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Managua according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.

Other Data

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.