February Weather in Bristol United Kingdom
Daily high temperatures increase by 2°F, from 45°F to 47°F, rarely falling below 37°F or exceeding 53°F.
Daily low temperatures are around 37°F, rarely falling below 28°F or exceeding 45°F. The lowest daily average low temperature is 37°F on February 7.
For reference, on July 25, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Bristol typically range from 57°F to 70°F, while on February 7, the coldest day of the year, they range from 37°F to 45°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in February in Bristol
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on February. 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 February in Bristol
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The month of February in Bristol experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 64% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is February 22, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 38% of the time.
For reference, on December 27, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 70%, while on July 16, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 58%.
Cloud Cover Categories in February in Bristol
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Bristol, the chance of a wet day over the course of February is rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 31% and ending it at 24%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 37% on December 30, and its lowest chance is 22% on July 25.
Probability of Precipitation in February in Bristol
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 February in Bristol is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 1.9 inches, when it rarely exceeds 3.4 inches or falls below 0.6 inches, and ending the month at 1.6 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.8 inches or falls below 0.5 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in February in Bristol
Over the course of February in Bristol, the length of the day is rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1 hour, 40 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 3 minutes, 42 seconds, and weekly increase of 25 minutes, 53 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is February 1, with 9 hours, 12 minutes of daylight and the longest day is February 28, with 10 hours, 52 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in February in Bristol
The latest sunrise of the month in Bristol is 7:48 AM on February 1 and the earliest sunrise is 51 minutes earlier at 6:57 AM on February 28.
The earliest sunset is 5:00 PM on February 1 and the latest sunset is 49 minutes later at 5:49 PM on February 28.
Daylight saving time is observed in Bristol during 2021, but it neither starts nor ends during February, so the entire month is in standard time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 4:53 AM and sets 16 hours, 38 minutes later, at 9:31 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 8:13 AM and sets 7 hours, 50 minutes later, at 4:03 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in February in Bristol
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for February 2021. 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 February in Bristol
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 Bristol is essentially constant during February, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on August 10, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 1% of the time, while on September 30, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in February in Bristol
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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 Bristol is gradually decreasing during February, decreasing from 12.9 miles per hour to 12.4 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on January 3, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 13.5 miles per hour, while on August 3, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 9.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in February in Bristol
The hourly average wind direction in Bristol throughout February is predominantly from the west, with a peak proportion of 36% on February 1.
Wind Direction in February in Bristol
Bristol 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 Bristol is essentially constant during February, remaining around 45°F throughout.
The lowest average surface water temperature during February is 45°F on February 24.
Average Water Temperature in February in Bristol
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 Bristol typically lasts for 8.5 months (261 days), from around March 15 to around December 1, rarely starting before February 6 or after April 20, and rarely ending before November 1 or after January 1.
The month of February in Bristol is more likely than not fully outside of the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season rapidly increasing from 7% to 32% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in February in Bristol
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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 Bristol are essentially constant during February, remaining within 2°F of 8°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in February in Bristol
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 Bristol is gradually increasing during February, rising by 1.0 kWh, from 1.2 kWh to 2.1 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in February in Bristol
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Bristol are 51.455 deg latitude, -2.597 deg longitude, and 66 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Bristol contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 371 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 128 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (814 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (2,913 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Bristol is covered by artificial surfaces (96%), within 10 miles by grassland (32%) and cropland (28%), and within 50 miles by cropland (39%) and grassland (36%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Bristol, 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 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Bristol.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Bristol 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 Bristol is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Bristol and a given station.
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 © 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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