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Average Weather in May in Nouakchott Mauritania

Daily high temperatures increase by 2°F, from 90°F to 91°F, rarely falling below 78°F or exceeding 105°F. The highest daily average high temperature is 92°F on May 28.

Daily low temperatures increase by 3°F, from 68°F to 71°F, rarely falling below 64°F or exceeding 76°F.

For reference, on October 14, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Nouakchott typically range from 76°F to 96°F, while on January 12, the coldest day of the year, they range from 60°F to 83°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in May

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 May. 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 May

Average Hourly Temperature in May in Nouakchott18152229112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282829293030313112 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMAprJunNowNowcomfortablecomfortablewarmwarmhot
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.

Villa Juárez, Mexico (5,733 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Nouakchott (view comparison).


The month of May in Nouakchott experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 26% to 20%.

The clearest day of the month is May 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 80% of the time.

For reference, on September 16, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 56%, while on June 12, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 84%.

Cloud Cover Categories in May

Cloud Cover Categories in May in Nouakchott1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%AprJunMay 174%May 174%May 3180%May 3180%May 1176%May 1176%May 2179%May 2179%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.



Over the course of May in Nouakchott, the length of the day is gradually increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 21 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 41 seconds, and weekly increase of 4 minutes, 47 seconds.

The shortest day of the month is May 1, with 12 hours, 48 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 13 hours, 8 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May in Nouakchott1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hrAprJunnightnightdaydayMay 112 hr, 48 minMay 112 hr, 48 minMay 3113 hr, 8 minMay 3113 hr, 8 minNowNow
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 Nouakchott is 6:37 AM on May 1 and the earliest sunrise is 10 minutes earlier at 6:27 AM on May 31.

The earliest sunset is 7:24 PM on May 1 and the latest sunset is 11 minutes later at 7:35 PM on May 31.

Daylight saving time is not observed in Nouakchott during 2019.

For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 6:29 AM and sets 13 hours, 13 minutes later, at 7:42 PM, while on December 22, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:30 AM and sets 11 hours, 3 minutes later, at 6:33 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in May

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in May in Nouakchott1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031312 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMAprJun6:27 AM6:27 AMMay 317:35 PMMay 317:35 PM6:37 AM6:37 AMMay 17:24 PMMay 17:24 PM6:30 AM6:30 AMMay 167:30 PMMay 167:30 PMSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of May. 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.


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 Nouakchott is very rapidly increasing during May, rising from 11% to 35% over the course of the month.

For reference, on August 5, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 97% 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 May

Humidity Comfort Levels in May in Nouakchott1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%AprJunMay 111%May 111%May 3135%May 3135%May 1116%May 1116%May 2123%May 2123%NowNowoppressiveoppressivemuggymuggyhumidhumidcomfortablecomfortabledrydry
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 Nouakchott is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 13.0 miles per hour throughout.

For reference, on May 14, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 13.2 miles per hour, while on September 16, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 9.3 miles per hour.

The highest daily average wind speed during May is 13.2 miles per hour on May 15.

Average Wind Speed in May

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 Nouakchott throughout May is predominantly from the north, with a peak proportion of 87% on May 1.

Wind Direction in May

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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).

Water Temperature

Nouakchott 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 Nouakchott is gradually increasing during May, rising by 3°F, from 65°F to 68°F, over the course of the month.

Average Water Temperature in May

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 Nouakchott 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 May

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in May in Nouakchott1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%AprJun100%May 16100%May 16NowNowcoolcomfortablewarmhotsweltering
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 Nouakchott are rapidly increasing during May, increasing by 774°F, from 2,695°F to 3,469°F, over the course of the month.

Growing Degree Days in May

The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of May, 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 Nouakchott is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 7.3 kWh throughout.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May

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 Nouakchott are 18.086 deg latitude, -15.979 deg longitude, and 13 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Nouakchott is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 79 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 16 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (135 feet). Within 50 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (351 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Nouakchott is covered by bare soil (88%) and grassland (12%), within 10 miles by bare soil (68%) and water (29%), and within 50 miles by bare soil (44%) and water (43%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Nouakchott 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, Nouakchott Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Nouakchott.

At a distance of 4 kilometers from Nouakchott, 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 Nouakchott 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.

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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