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Average Weather in August in West Reading Pennsylvania, United States

Daily high temperatures decrease by 4°F, from 85°F to 81°F, rarely falling below 72°F or exceeding 93°F.

Daily low temperatures decrease by 5°F, from 67°F to 62°F, rarely falling below 53°F or exceeding 73°F.

For reference, on July 21, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in West Reading typically range from 67°F to 86°F, while on January 30, the coldest day of the year, they range from 23°F to 38°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in August

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 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 average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 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.

Krasnodar, Russia (5,301 miles away) and Shali, Russia (5,632 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to West Reading (view comparison).

Clouds

The month of August in West Reading experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 36% throughout the month. The lowest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 35% on August 29.

The clearest day of the month is August 29, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 65% of the time.

For reference, on January 11, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 55%, while on August 29, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 65%.

Cloud Cover Categories in August

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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.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In West Reading, the chance of a wet day over the course of August is very rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 36% and ending it at 28%.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 40% on June 16, and its lowest chance is 20% on January 28.

Probability of Precipitation in August

The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

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 West Reading is essentially constant, remaining about 3.5 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 6.2 inches or falling below 1.4 inches.

The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 3.4 inches on August 24.

Average Monthly Rainfall in August

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.

Sun

Over the course of August in West Reading, the length of the day is rapidly decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 1 hour, 10 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 2 minutes, 20 seconds, and weekly decrease of 16 minutes, 19 seconds.

The shortest day of the month is August 31, with 13 hours, 7 minutes of daylight and the longest day is August 1, with 14 hours, 17 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in August

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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 West Reading is 6:01 AM on August 1 and the latest sunrise is 29 minutes later at 6:30 AM on August 31.

The latest sunset is 8:18 PM on August 1 and the earliest sunset is 41 minutes earlier at 7:37 PM on August 31.

Daylight saving time is observed in West Reading during 2018, but it neither starts nor ends during August, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.

For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:34 AM and sets 15 hours, 3 minutes later, at 8:37 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:23 AM and sets 9 hours, 18 minutes later, at 4:40 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in August

The solar day over the course of August. 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.

Humidity

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 West Reading is very rapidly decreasing during August, falling from 53% to 32% over the course of the month.

The highest chance of a muggy day during August is 53% on August 2.

For reference, on August 2, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 53% of the time, while on November 25, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in August

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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.

Wind

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 West Reading is essentially constant during August, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 4.0 miles per hour throughout.

For reference, on February 26, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.2 miles per hour, while on August 12, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 3.8 miles per hour.

The lowest daily average wind speed during August is 3.8 miles per hour on August 13.

Average Wind Speed in August

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 West Reading throughout August is predominantly from the south, with a peak proportion of 34% on August 16.

Wind Direction in August

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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

West Reading 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 West Reading is essentially constant during August, remaining within 1°F of 74°F throughout.

The highest average surface water temperature during August is 74°F on August 10.

Average Water Temperature in August

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

Growing Season

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 West Reading typically lasts for 6.5 months (201 days), from around April 8 to around October 26, rarely starting before March 24 or after April 24, and rarely ending before October 7 or after November 15.

The month of August in West Reading is reliably fully within the growing season.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in August

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The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

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 West Reading are rapidly increasing during August, increasing by 697°F, from 2,043°F to 2,740°F, over the course of the month.

Growing Degree Days in August

The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of August, 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 West Reading is gradually decreasing during August, falling by 0.7 kWh, from 6.4 kWh to 5.7 kWh, over the course of the month.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in August

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

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of West Reading are 40.334 deg latitude, -75.947 deg longitude, and 315 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of West Reading contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 502 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 299 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,037 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,080 feet).

The area within 2 miles of West Reading is covered by artificial surfaces (98%), within 10 miles by trees (42%) and cropland (32%), and within 50 miles by trees (42%) and cropland (38%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in West Reading 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 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in West Reading.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and West Reading 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 West Reading is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between West Reading and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Reading Municipal Airport (90%, 4.1 kilometers, northwest); Pottstown Limerick Airport (3.8%, 35 kilometers, east); Lancaster Airport (3.3%, 38 kilometers, southwest); and Chester County G O Carlson Airport (3.0%, 40 kilometers, south).

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.

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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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