Average Weather in August in San José Panama
Daily high temperatures are around 78°F, rarely falling below 74°F or exceeding 81°F. The highest daily average high temperature is 78°F on August 8.
Daily low temperatures are around 65°F, rarely falling below 63°F or exceeding 67°F.
For reference, on April 4, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in San José typically range from 65°F to 84°F, while on January 19, the coldest day of the year, they range from 64°F to 79°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in August
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on August. 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 August
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The month of August in San José experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 95% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is August 29, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 6% of the time.
For reference, on July 29, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 96%, while on January 3, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 52%.
Cloud Cover Categories in August
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In San José, the chance of a wet day over the course of August is increasing, starting the month at 40% and ending it at 44%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 51% on October 24, and its lowest chance is 3% on February 12.
Probability of Precipitation in August
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 August in San José is increasing, starting the month at 6.5 inches, when it rarely exceeds 11.0 inches or falls below 2.5 inches, and ending the month at 7.1 inches, when it rarely exceeds 11.5 inches or falls below 3.5 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in August
Over the course of August in San José, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is August 31, with 12 hours, 17 minutes of daylight and the longest day is August 1, with 12 hours, 29 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in August
The earliest sunrise of the month in San José is 6:14 AM on August 1 and the latest sunrise is 50 seconds later at 6:15 AM on August 17.
The latest sunset is 6:44 PM on August 1 and the earliest sunset is 12 minutes earlier at 6:31 PM on August 31.
Daylight saving time is not observed in San José during 2019.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 6:06 AM and sets 12 hours, 37 minutes later, at 6:43 PM, while on December 22, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:32 AM and sets 11 hours, 38 minutes later, at 6:10 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in August
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 San José is essentially constant during August, remaining around 100% throughout.
For reference, on June 2, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 100% of the time, while on March 1, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 74% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in August
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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 San José is essentially constant during August, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 3.6 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on March 12, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.6 miles per hour, while on June 13, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 3.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in August
Wind Direction in August
San José 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 San José is essentially constant during August, remaining around 83°F throughout.
Average Water Temperature in August
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 San José 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 August
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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 San José are rapidly increasing during August, increasing by 601°F, from 4,486°F to 5,087°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in August
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 San José is essentially constant during August, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 3.3 kWh throughout.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in August
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of San José are 8.467 deg latitude, -80.805 deg longitude, and 2,651 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of San José contains large variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 2,772 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,934 feet. Within 10 miles contains large variations in elevation (5,873 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (6,378 feet).
The area within 2 miles of San José is covered by trees (46%), grassland (38%), and shrubs (16%), within 10 miles by grassland (44%) and trees (38%), and within 50 miles by trees (30%) and grassland (27%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in San José 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, Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" International Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of San José.
At a distance of 153 kilometers from San José, further than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed insufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records. Consequently, the station records are blended with interpolated values from NASA's MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis , and both are corrected for elevation differences according to the International Standard Atmosphere .
The weight assigned to the MERRA-2 value depends on the distance from San José to the nearest station, increasing from 0% at 150 kilometers to 100% at 200 kilometers. In this case, the MERRA-2 weight is 6%, making the weight assigned to the weather station 94%.
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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We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.