Average Weather in January in Stellenbosch South Africa
Daily high temperatures are around 81°F, rarely falling below 72°F or exceeding 92°F. The highest daily average high temperature is 82°F on January 27.
Daily low temperatures are around 60°F, rarely falling below 54°F or exceeding 65°F. The highest daily average low temperature is 61°F on January 29.
For reference, on January 26, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Stellenbosch typically range from 61°F to 82°F, while on July 11, the coldest day of the year, they range from 43°F to 62°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in January
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
The month of January in Stellenbosch experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 18% to 12%.
The clearest day of the month is January 30, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 88% of the time.
For reference, on May 18, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 44%, while on February 10, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 89%.
Cloud Cover Categories in January
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Stellenbosch, the chance of a wet day over the course of January is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 10% and ending it at 6%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 28% on July 20, and its lowest chance is 6% on February 11.
Probability of Precipitation in January
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 Stellenbosch is essentially constant, remaining about 0.7 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 2.3 inches or falling below -0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in January
Over the course of January in Stellenbosch, the length of the day is decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 36 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 1 minute, 13 seconds, and weekly decrease of 8 minutes, 30 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is January 31, with 13 hours, 46 minutes of daylight and the longest day is January 1, with 14 hours, 22 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in January
The earliest sunrise of the month in Stellenbosch is 5:36 AM on January 1 and the latest sunrise is 28 minutes later at 6:04 AM on January 31.
The latest sunset is 7:59 PM on January 7 and the earliest sunset is 9 minutes earlier at 7:50 PM on January 31.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Stellenbosch during 2018.
For reference, on December 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:29 AM and sets 14 hours, 25 minutes later, at 7:55 PM, while on June 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:49 AM and sets 9 hours, 54 minutes later, at 5:43 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in January
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 Stellenbosch is essentially constant during January, remaining around 2% throughout.
For reference, on February 15, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 2% of the time, while on May 4, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in January
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
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 Stellenbosch is essentially constant during January, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 11.7 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on January 22, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 11.8 miles per hour, while on May 3, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.9 miles per hour.
The highest daily average wind speed during January is 11.8 miles per hour on January 22.
Average Wind Speed in January
Wind Direction in January
Stellenbosch 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 Stellenbosch is essentially constant during January, remaining around 66°F throughout.
Average Water Temperature in January
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 Stellenbosch typically lasts for 12 months (362 days), from around July 17 to around July 14, rarely starting after August 25, or ending before June 8.
The month of January in Stellenbosch is reliably fully within the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in January
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 Stellenbosch are rapidly increasing during January, increasing by 601°F, from 1,879°F to 2,480°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in January
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 Stellenbosch is essentially constant during January, remaining within 0.2 kWh of 8.5 kWh throughout.
The highest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during January is 8.8 kWh on January 9.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in January
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Stellenbosch are -33.935 deg latitude, 18.867 deg longitude, and 561 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Stellenbosch contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,785 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 541 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (5,253 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (6,837 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Stellenbosch is covered by artificial surfaces (55%) and cropland (39%), within 10 miles by cropland (74%) and shrubs (16%), and within 50 miles by water (38%) and cropland (33%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Stellenbosch 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, Cape Town International Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Stellenbosch.
At a distance of 25 kilometers from Stellenbosch, 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 Stellenbosch 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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