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Average Weather in January in Cockburn Town Turks & Caicos Islands

Daily low temperatures are around 76°F, rarely falling below 74°F or exceeding 79°F.

For reference, on August 31, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Cockburn Town typically range from 82°F to 84°F, while on March 3, the coldest day of the year, they range from 76°F to 77°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in January

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 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

Average Hourly Temperature in January in Cockburn Town18152229112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282829293030313112 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMDecFebwarm
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.

Neiafu, Tonga (7,487 miles away); Beau Vallon, Seychelles (8,688 miles); and San Vicente, Philippines (9,543 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Cockburn Town (view comparison).

Clouds

The month of January in Cockburn Town experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 23% to 17%.

The clearest day of the month is January 30, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 83% of the time.

For reference, on June 2, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 72%, while on February 24, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 84%.

Cloud Cover Categories in January

Cloud Cover Categories in January in Cockburn Town1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%DecFebJan 177%Jan 177%Jan 3183%Jan 3183%Jan 1181%Jan 1181%Jan 2182%Jan 2182%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
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 Cockburn Town, the chance of a wet day over the course of January is essentially constant, remaining around 8% throughout.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 23% on May 26, and its lowest chance is 5% on July 12.

Probability of Precipitation in January

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 January in Cockburn Town is essentially constant, remaining about 0.6 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 2.3 inches.

The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 0.5 inches on January 8.

Average Monthly Rainfall in January

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 January in Cockburn Town, the length of the day is gradually increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 20 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 41 seconds, and weekly increase of 4 minutes, 44 seconds.

The shortest day of the month is January 1, with 10 hours, 51 minutes of daylight and the longest day is January 31, with 11 hours, 12 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in January

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 latest sunrise of the month in Cockburn Town is 7:24 AM on January 16 and the earliest sunrise is 2 minutes, 39 seconds earlier at 7:22 AM on January 31.

The earliest sunset is 6:14 PM on January 1 and the latest sunset is 20 minutes later at 6:34 PM on January 31.

Daylight saving time is not observed in Cockburn Town during 2017.

For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 6:03 AM and sets 13 hours, 27 minutes later, at 7:29 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:18 AM and sets 10 hours, 50 minutes later, at 6:07 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in January

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in January in Cockburn Town1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031312 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMDecFeb7:22 AM7:22 AMJan 316:34 PMJan 316:34 PM7:22 AM7:22 AMJan 16:14 PMJan 16:14 PM7:24 AM7:24 AMJan 166:24 PMJan 166:24 PMSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of January. 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 Cockburn Town is gradually decreasing during January, falling from 93% to 88% over the course of the month.

For reference, on June 6, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 100% of the time, while on February 26, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 84% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in January

Humidity Comfort Levels in January in Cockburn Town1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%DecFebJan 193%Jan 193%Jan 3188%Jan 3188%Jan 1191%Jan 1191%Jan 2189%Jan 2189%oppressiveoppressivemuggymuggyhumidhumidmiserablemiserable
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 Cockburn Town is gradually decreasing during January, decreasing from 16.0 miles per hour to 15.5 miles per hour over the course of the month.

For reference, on July 15, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 16.7 miles per hour, while on October 4, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 12.8 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in January

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 Cockburn Town throughout January is predominantly from the east, with a peak proportion of 78% on January 1.

Wind Direction in January

Wind Direction in January in Cockburn Town1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%DecFebeastnorthwest
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

Cockburn Town 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 Cockburn Town is essentially constant during January, remaining around 78°F throughout.

Average Water Temperature in January

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).

Temperatures in Cockburn Town 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

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in January in Cockburn Town1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%DecFeb100%Jan 16100%Jan 16comfortablewarm
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 Cockburn Town are rapidly increasing during January, increasing by 807°F, from 1°F to 808°F, over the course of the month.

Growing Degree Days in January

The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of January, 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 Cockburn Town is gradually increasing during January, rising by 0.7 kWh, from 4.4 kWh to 5.1 kWh, over the course of the month.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in January

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 Cockburn Town are 21.461 deg latitude, -71.142 deg longitude, and 0 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Cockburn Town contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 125 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 9 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (125 feet). Within 50 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (207 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Cockburn Town is covered by water (85%), within 10 miles by water (99%), and within 50 miles by water (99%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Cockburn Town year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Cockburn Town is further than 200 kilometers from the nearest reliable weather station, so the weather-related data on this page were taken entirely from NASA's MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis . 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.

The temperature and dew point estimates are corrected for the difference between the reference elevation of the MERRA-2 grid cell and the elevation of Cockburn Town, according to the International Standard Atmosphere .

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.

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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