Average Weather in April in National Harbor Maryland, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 10°F, from 61°F to 71°F, rarely falling below 49°F or exceeding 83°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 9°F, from 44°F to 52°F, rarely falling below 34°F or exceeding 62°F.
For reference, on July 21, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in National Harbor typically range from 72°F to 88°F, while on January 30, the coldest day of the year, they range from 29°F to 44°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in April
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on April. 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 April
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The month of April in National Harbor experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 47% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is April 29, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 54% of the time.
For reference, on January 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 52%, while on October 12, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 65%.
Cloud Cover Categories in April
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In National Harbor, the chance of a wet day over the course of April is gradually increasing, starting the month at 29% and ending it at 31%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 39% on July 14, and its lowest chance is 20% on October 20.
Probability of Precipitation in April
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 April in National Harbor is essentially constant, remaining about 3.3 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 5.4 inches or falling below 1.4 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in April
Over the course of April in National Harbor, the length of the day is rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1 hour, 9 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 23 seconds, and weekly increase of 16 minutes, 40 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is April 1, with 12 hours, 38 minutes of daylight and the longest day is April 30, with 13 hours, 47 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in April
The latest sunrise of the month in National Harbor is 6:53 AM on April 1 and the earliest sunrise is 41 minutes earlier at 6:11 AM on April 30.
The earliest sunset is 7:31 PM on April 1 and the latest sunset is 28 minutes later at 7:59 PM on April 30.
Daylight saving time is observed in National Harbor during 2019, but it neither starts nor ends during April, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:43 AM and sets 14 hours, 53 minutes later, at 8:36 PM, while on December 22, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:23 AM and sets 9 hours, 27 minutes later, at 4:50 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in April
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 National Harbor is gradually increasing during April, rising from 0% to 3% over the course of the month.
For reference, on July 28, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 69% of the time, while on January 24, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in April
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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 National Harbor is decreasing during April, decreasing from 8.8 miles per hour to 7.7 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 9.2 miles per hour, while on August 1, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.5 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in April
The wind direction in National Harbor during April is predominantly out of the south from April 1 to April 4 and from April 23 to April 30 and the west from April 4 to April 23.
Wind Direction in April
National Harbor 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 National Harbor is rapidly increasing during April, rising by 8°F, from 43°F to 51°F, over the course of the month.
Average Water Temperature in April
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).
The growing season in National Harbor typically lasts for 7.7 months (235 days), from around March 27 to around November 17, rarely starting before March 10 or after April 14, and rarely ending before October 29 or after December 6.
The month of April in National Harbor is more likely than not fully within the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season rapidly increasing from 64% to 100% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in April
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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 National Harbor are increasing during April, increasing by 237°F, from 140°F to 377°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in April
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 National Harbor is increasing during April, rising by 1.1 kWh, from 4.9 kWh to 6.0 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in April
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of National Harbor are 38.783 deg latitude, -77.015 deg longitude, and 46 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of National Harbor contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 233 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 64 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (417 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,644 feet).
The area within 2 miles of National Harbor is covered by artificial surfaces (57%) and water (39%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (64%) and trees (26%), and within 50 miles by trees (41%) and artificial surfaces (20%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in National Harbor 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 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in National Harbor.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and National Harbor 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 National Harbor is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between National Harbor and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (61%, 7 kilometers, north); Washington Executive Airport/Hyde Field (21%, 13 kilometers, east); and Mount Vernon Hospital Heliport (19%, 16 kilometers, southwest).
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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