Average Weather in January in Panamá Panama
Daily high temperatures are around 88°F, rarely falling below 85°F or exceeding 91°F.
Daily low temperatures are around 76°F, rarely falling below 74°F or exceeding 77°F. The lowest daily average low temperature is 75°F on January 22.
For reference, on April 2, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Panamá typically range from 77°F to 90°F, while on January 20, the coldest day of the year, they range from 75°F to 89°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in January
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
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The month of January in Panamá experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 49% throughout the month. The lowest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 48% on January 13.
The clearest day of the month is January 13, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 52% of the time.
For reference, on July 28, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 95%, while on January 13, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 52%.
Cloud Cover Categories in January
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 Panamá, the chance of a wet day over the course of January is rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 9% and ending it at 3%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 46% on November 8, and its lowest chance is 3% on January 31.
Probability of Precipitation in January
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 Panamá is rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 1.4 inches, when it rarely exceeds 3.4 inches or falls below 0.1 inches, and ending the month at 0.3 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.0 inches or falls below -0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in January
Over the course of January in Panamá, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is January 1, with 11 hours, 37 minutes of daylight and the longest day is January 31, with 11 hours, 45 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in January
The earliest sunrise of the month in Panamá is 6:33 AM on January 1 and the latest sunrise is 6 minutes later at 6:39 AM on January 29.
The earliest sunset is 6:10 PM on January 1 and the latest sunset is 14 minutes later at 6:23 PM on January 31.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Panamá during 2019.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 6:00 AM and sets 12 hours, 39 minutes later, at 6:39 PM, while on December 22, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:28 AM and sets 11 hours, 36 minutes later, at 6:04 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in January
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 Panamá is essentially constant during January, remaining around 100% throughout.
For reference, on May 25, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 100% of the time, while on February 28, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 98% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in January
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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 Panamá is increasing during January, increasing from 12.4 miles per hour to 14.2 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on February 26, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 14.6 miles per hour, while on September 16, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.0 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in January
The hourly average wind direction in Panamá throughout January is predominantly from the north, with a peak proportion of 100% on January 26.
Wind Direction in January
Panamá 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 Panamá is gradually decreasing during January, falling by 2°F, from 81°F to 79°F, over the course of the month.
Average Water Temperature in January
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 Panamá 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 January
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 Panamá are very rapidly increasing during January, increasing by 918°F, from 1°F to 919°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in January
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 Panamá is gradually increasing during January, rising by 0.7 kWh, from 5.4 kWh to 6.1 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in January
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Panamá are 8.994 deg latitude, -79.520 deg longitude, and 59 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Panamá contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 364 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 84 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,624 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (3,934 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Panamá is covered by artificial surfaces (63%), water (20%), and grassland (12%), within 10 miles by water (47%) and trees (17%), and within 50 miles by water (61%) and trees (20%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Panamá 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 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Panamá.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Panamá 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 Panamá is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Panamá and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" International Airport (98%, 1.2 kilometers, south) and Tocumen International Airport (2.0%, 17 kilometers, northeast).
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.
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