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April Weather in Dakar Senegal

Daily high temperatures are around 78°F, rarely falling below 73°F or exceeding 83°F. The lowest daily average high temperature is 78°F on April 7.

Daily low temperatures are around 67°F, rarely falling below 64°F or exceeding 71°F.

For reference, on October 6, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Dakar typically range from 78°F to 88°F, while on February 4, the coldest day of the year, they range from 65°F to 78°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in April in Dakar

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 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 in Dakar

Average Hourly Temperature in April in DakarApr11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303012 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMMarMayNowNowcomfortablecomfortablewarm
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 average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Corral del Risco (Punta de Mita), Mexico (5,747 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Dakar (view comparison).

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The month of April in Dakar experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 36% to 31%.

The clearest day of the month is April 30, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 69% of the time.

For reference, on September 12, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 80%, while on May 12, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 71%.

Cloud Cover Categories in April in Dakar

Cloud Cover Categories in April in DakarApr1122334455667788991010111112121313141415151616171718181919202021212222232324242525262627272828292930300%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%MarMayApr 164%Apr 164%Apr 3069%Apr 3069%Apr 1165%Apr 1165%Apr 2166%Apr 2166%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Dakar, the chance of a wet day over the course of April is essentially constant, remaining around 1% throughout.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 59% on August 29, and its lowest chance is 1% on April 9.

Probability of Precipitation in April in Dakar

Probability of Precipitation in April in DakarApr1122334455667788991010111112121313141415151616171718181919202021212222232324242525262627272828292930300.0%0.0%0.5%0.5%1.0%1.0%1.5%1.5%2.0%2.0%2.5%2.5%3.0%3.0%MarMayApr 81%Apr 81%Apr 11%Apr 11%Apr 301%Apr 301%Apr 211%Apr 211%NowNowrain
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).

Over the course of April in Dakar, the length of the day is gradually increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 22 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 46 seconds, and weekly increase of 5 minutes, 24 seconds.

The shortest day of the month is April 1, with 12 hours, 17 minutes of daylight and the longest day is April 30, with 12 hours, 39 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in April in Dakar

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 Dakar is 7:05 AM on April 1 and the earliest sunrise is 18 minutes earlier at 6:47 AM on April 30.

The earliest sunset is 7:22 PM on April 1 and the latest sunset is 5 minutes later at 7:26 PM on April 30.

Daylight saving time is not observed in Dakar during 2024.

For reference, on June 20, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 6:41 AM and sets 13 hours, 0 minutes later, at 7:41 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:30 AM and sets 11 hours, 16 minutes later, at 6:45 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in April in Dakar

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in April in DakarApr1122334455667788991010111112121313141415151616171718181919202021212222232324242525262627272828292930302 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMMarMay6:47 AM6:47 AMApr 307:26 PMApr 307:26 PM7:05 AM7:05 AMApr 17:22 PMApr 17:22 PM6:58 AM6:58 AMApr 117:23 PMApr 117:23 PMSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of April. 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.

The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in April in Dakar

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in April in DakarApr11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303012 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMMarMay001010202020303040405050506060707080800001010202030303040405050606060707080NowNow
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Solar elevation and azimuth over the course of April 2024. The black lines are lines of constant solar elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon, in degrees). The background color fills indicate the azimuth (the compass bearing) of the sun. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries of the cardinal compass points indicate the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for April 2024. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases. The label associated with each bar indicates the date and time that the phase is obtained, and the companion time labels indicate the rise and set times of the Moon for the nearest time interval in which the moon is above the horizon.

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in April in Dakar

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in April in DakarApr11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303012 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMMarMayMar 109:01 AMMar 109:01 AMMar 257:01 AMMar 257:01 AMApr 86:22 PMApr 86:22 PMApr 2311:50 PMApr 2311:50 PMMay 83:23 AMMay 83:23 AMMay 231:54 PMMay 231:54 PM7:26 AM7:26 AM7:42 PM7:42 PM6:56 PM6:56 PM7:16 AM7:16 AM6:42 AM6:42 AM7:21 PM7:21 PM7:12 PM7:12 PM7:00 AM7:00 AM6:47 AM6:47 AM8:06 PM8:06 PM7:44 PM7:44 PM7:10 AM7:10 AM
The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.
Apr 2024IlluminationMoonriseMoonsetMoonriseMeridian PassingDistance
1
59%12:55 AMESE12:15 PMWSW-6:35 AMS238,367 mi
2
50%1:53 AMESE1:16 PMWSW-7:35 AMS235,033 mi
3
37%2:49 AMESE2:19 PMWSW-8:34 AMS231,648 mi
4
26%3:41 AMESE3:21 PMWSW-9:32 AMS228,462 mi
5
16%4:30 AMESE4:23 PMWSW-10:27 AMS225,770 mi
6
8%5:15 AME5:22 PMW-11:19 AMS223,870 mi
7
2%5:59 AME6:22 PMW-12:10 PMS223,012 mi
8
0%6:42 AME7:21 PMW-1:00 PMS223,344 mi
9
1%7:25 AMENE8:22 PMWNW-1:52 PMS224,878 mi
10
5%8:12 AMENE9:24 PMWNW-2:45 PMN227,480 mi
11
12%9:01 AMENE10:26 PMWNW-3:42 PMN230,891 mi
12
20%9:55 AMENE11:29 PMWNW-4:41 PMN234,775 mi
13
30%10:51 AMENE--5:39 PMN238,773 mi
14
40%-12:28 AMWNW11:49 AMENE6:36 PMN242,556 mi
15
50%-1:23 AMWNW12:45 PMENE7:30 PMN245,865 mi
16
60%-2:12 AMWNW1:40 PMENE8:20 PMN248,525 mi
17
70%-2:56 AMWNW2:32 PMENE9:05 PMN250,443 mi
18
78%-3:35 AMWNW3:21 PMENE9:47 PMS251,601 mi
19
86%-4:11 AMWNW4:07 PME10:27 PMS252,035 mi
20
92%-4:44 AMW4:53 PME11:06 PMS251,824 mi
21
96%-5:17 AMW5:38 PME11:44 PMS251,067 mi
22
98%-5:50 AMW6:24 PME--
23
100%-6:24 AMW7:12 PMESE12:24 AMS249,869 mi
24
100%-7:00 AMWSW8:02 PMESE1:06 AMS248,328 mi
25
99%-7:41 AMWSW8:55 PMESE1:51 AMS246,523 mi
26
96%-8:25 AMWSW9:51 PMESE2:39 AMS244,513 mi
27
90%-9:15 AMWSW10:49 PMESE3:33 AMS242,335 mi
28
83%-10:10 AMWSW11:47 PMESE4:30 AMS240,013 mi
29
74%-11:09 AMWSW-5:29 AMS237,572 mi
30
64%12:43 AMESE12:11 PMWSW-6:28 AMS235,060 mi

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 Dakar is very rapidly increasing during April, rising from 31% to 55% over the course of the month.

For reference, on August 14, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 100% of the time, while on January 25, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 6% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in April in Dakar

Humidity Comfort Levels in April in DakarApr1122334455667788991010111112121313141415151616171718181919202021212222232324242525262627272828292930300%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%MarMayApr 131%Apr 131%Apr 3055%Apr 3055%Apr 1136%Apr 1136%Apr 2144%Apr 2144%NowNowmuggymuggyhumidhumidcomfortablecomfortabledrydryoppressiveoppressive
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

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 Dakar is essentially constant during April, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 13.8 miles per hour throughout.

For reference, on April 7, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 14.0 miles per hour, while on September 22, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.3 miles per hour.

The highest daily average wind speed during April is 14.0 miles per hour on April 7.

Average Wind Speed in April in Dakar

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 Dakar throughout April is predominantly from the north, with a peak proportion of 95% on April 7.

Wind Direction in April in Dakar

Wind Direction in April in DakarApr1122334455667788991010111112121313141415151616171718181919202021212222232324242525262627272828292930300%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%MarMayNowNowwestnorth
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The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Dakar 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 Dakar is essentially constant during April, remaining within 1°F of 69°F throughout.

Average Water Temperature in April in Dakar

Average Water Temperature in April in DakarApr11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303062°F62°F64°F64°F66°F66°F68°F68°F70°F70°F72°F72°F74°F74°F76°F76°F78°F78°FMarMayApr 168°FApr 168°FApr 3070°FApr 3070°FApr 1168°FApr 1168°FApr 2169°FApr 2169°FNowNow
The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

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 Dakar 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 April in Dakar

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in April in DakarApr1122334455667788991010111112121313141415151616171718181919202021212222232324242525262627272828292930300%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%MarMay100%Apr 16100%Apr 16NowNowcoolcomfortablewarm
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 percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. 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 Dakar are rapidly increasing during April, increasing by 623°F, from 1,850°F to 2,473°F, over the course of the month.

Growing Degree Days in April in Dakar

The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of April, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

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 Dakar is essentially constant during April, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 7.1 kWh throughout.

The highest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during April is 7.2 kWh on April 22.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in April in Dakar

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in April in DakarApr1122334455667788991010111112121313141415151616171718181919202021212222232324242525262627272828292930300 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWhMarMayApr 227.2 kWhApr 227.2 kWhApr 17.1 kWhApr 17.1 kWhApr 117.2 kWhApr 117.2 kWhNowNow
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Dakar are 14.694 deg latitude, -17.444 deg longitude, and 39 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Dakar contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 157 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 36 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (325 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (515 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Dakar is covered by artificial surfaces (71%) and water (21%), within 10 miles by water (81%) and artificial surfaces (14%), and within 50 miles by water (81%) and cropland (11%).

This report illustrates the typical weather in Dakar, 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 Dakar.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are:

To get a sense of how much these sources agree with each other, you can view a comparison of Dakar and the stations that contribute to our estimates of its temperature history and climate. Please note that each source's contribution is adjusted for elevation and the relative change present in the MERRA-2 data.

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , 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 airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © OpenStreetMap contributors.

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