Average Weather in December in Ovalle Chile
Daily high temperatures increase by 3°F, from 70°F to 73°F, rarely falling below 66°F or exceeding 76°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 3°F, from 53°F to 56°F, rarely falling below 49°F or exceeding 59°F.
For reference, on January 30, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Ovalle typically range from 57°F to 74°F, while on July 13, the coldest day of the year, they range from 44°F to 60°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in December
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on December. 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 December
Monte Sereno, California, United States (5,728 miles away); Geelong, Australia (7,170 miles); and Paeroa, New Zealand (6,066 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Ovalle (view comparison).
The month of December in Ovalle experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 11% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is December 29, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 90% of the time.
For reference, on June 1, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 47%, while on February 18, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 94%.
Cloud Cover Categories in December
Over the course of December in Ovalle, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is December 1, with 13 hours, 59 minutes of daylight and the longest day is December 21, with 14 hours, 8 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in December
The earliest sunrise of the month in Ovalle is 6:34 AM on December 4 and the latest sunrise is 10 minutes later at 6:44 AM on December 31.
The earliest sunset is 8:33 PM on December 1 and the latest sunset is 17 minutes later at 8:50 PM on December 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Ovalle during 2018, but it neither starts nor ends during December, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on December 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 6:38 AM and sets 14 hours, 8 minutes later, at 8:46 PM, while on June 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:41 AM and sets 10 hours, 10 minutes later, at 5:51 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in December
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 Ovalle is essentially constant during December, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on January 1, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time, while on January 29, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in December
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 Ovalle is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 7.5 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on December 26, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.6 miles per hour, while on June 23, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.0 miles per hour.
The highest daily average wind speed during December is 7.6 miles per hour on December 27.
Average Wind Speed in December
Wind Direction in December
Ovalle 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 Ovalle is gradually increasing during December, rising by 3°F, from 59°F to 61°F, over the course of the month.
Average Water Temperature in December
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 Ovalle 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 December
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 Ovalle are increasing during December, increasing by 373°F, from 869°F to 1,242°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in December
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 Ovalle is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 9.2 kWh throughout.
The highest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during December is 9.3 kWh on December 25.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in December
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Ovalle are -30.601 deg latitude, -71.199 deg longitude, and 948 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Ovalle contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 869 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 851 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (3,698 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (15,276 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Ovalle is covered by shrubs (42%), grassland (21%), trees (20%), and sparse vegetation (11%), within 10 miles by sparse vegetation (30%) and trees (21%), and within 50 miles by water (22%) and sparse vegetation (21%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Ovalle 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, La Florida Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Ovalle.
At a distance of 76 kilometers from Ovalle, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.
The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Ovalle according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.
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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