Average Weather in February in Quito Ecuador
In Quito, the month of February is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 64°F throughout the month, rarely exceeding 68°F or dropping below 59°F.
Daily low temperatures are around 49°F, rarely falling below 46°F or exceeding 52°F.
For reference, on September 20, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Quito typically range from 48°F to 66°F, while on July 16, the coldest day of the year, they range from 48°F to 65°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in February
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on February. 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 February
The month of February in Quito experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 89% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is February 2, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 12% of the time.
For reference, on March 14, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 91%, while on July 31, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 49%.
Cloud Cover Categories in February
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Quito, the chance of a wet day over the course of February is increasing, starting the month at 64% and ending it at 69%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 76% on April 18, and its lowest chance is 11% on July 31.
Probability of Precipitation in February
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 February in Quito is increasing, starting the month at 4.7 inches, when it rarely exceeds 6.9 inches or falls below 2.3 inches, and ending the month at 5.4 inches, when it rarely exceeds 7.9 inches or falls below 2.8 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in February
Over the course of February in Quito, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is February 28, with 12 hours, 7 minutes of daylight and the longest day is February 1, with 12 hours, 8 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in February
The latest sunrise of the month in Quito is 6:24 AM on February 11 and the earliest sunrise is 1 minute, 34 seconds earlier at 6:23 AM on February 28.
The latest sunset is 6:31 PM on February 9 and the earliest sunset is 2 minutes, 1 second earlier at 6:29 PM on February 28.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Quito during 2017.
For reference, on December 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 6:08 AM and sets 12 hours, 8 minutes later, at 6:16 PM, while on June 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:12 AM and sets 12 hours, 7 minutes later, at 6:19 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in February
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 Quito is essentially constant during February, remaining around 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels in February
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 Quito is essentially constant during February, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 3.1 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on August 1, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.5 miles per hour, while on April 18, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 2.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in February
Wind Direction in February
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 Quito 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 February
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 Quito is gradually increasing during February, increasing by 152°F, from 1,264°F to 1,417°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in February
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 Quito is essentially constant during February, remaining around 4.9 kWh throughout.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in February
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Quito are -0.230 deg latitude, -78.525 deg longitude, and 9,629 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Quito contains large variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 2,776 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 9,756 feet. Within 10 miles contains large variations in elevation (8,606 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (18,576 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Quito is covered by trees (52%) and grassland (43%), within 10 miles by grassland (41%) and trees (41%), and within 50 miles by trees (52%) and grassland (25%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Quito 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 Quito.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Quito 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 Quito is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Quito 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 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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