Average Weather in October in Port Elizabeth South Africa
Daily high temperatures increase by 2°F, from 70°F to 72°F, rarely falling below 63°F or exceeding 78°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 3°F, from 54°F to 57°F, rarely falling below 47°F or exceeding 62°F.
For reference, on January 27, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Port Elizabeth typically range from 64°F to 80°F, while on July 10, the coldest day of the year, they range from 47°F to 68°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in October
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on October. 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 October
The month of October in Port Elizabeth experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 37% throughout the month. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 38% on October 6.
The clearest day of the month is October 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 64% of the time.
For reference, on May 11, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 40%, while on February 11, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 84%.
Cloud Cover Categories in October
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Port Elizabeth, the chance of a wet day over the course of October is increasing, starting the month at 14% and ending it at 19%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 19% on November 14, and its lowest chance is 7% on July 1.
Probability of Precipitation in October
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 October in Port Elizabeth is gradually increasing, starting the month at 1.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.7 inches or falls below 0.2 inches, and ending the month at 1.7 inches, when it rarely exceeds 4.3 inches or falls below 0.2 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in October
Over the course of October in Port Elizabeth, 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, 1 minute, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 2 seconds, and weekly increase of 14 minutes, 15 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is October 1, with 12 hours, 25 minutes of daylight and the longest day is October 31, with 13 hours, 26 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in October
The latest sunrise of the month in Port Elizabeth is 5:54 AM on October 1 and the earliest sunrise is 37 minutes earlier at 5:18 AM on October 31.
The earliest sunset is 6:20 PM on October 1 and the latest sunset is 24 minutes later at 6:44 PM on October 31.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Port Elizabeth during 2018.
For reference, on December 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:03 AM and sets 14 hours, 25 minutes later, at 7:28 PM, while on June 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:22 AM and sets 9 hours, 54 minutes later, at 5:16 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in October
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 Port Elizabeth is essentially constant during October, remaining within 1% of 1% throughout.
For reference, on February 11, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 33% of the time, while on June 1, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in October
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 Port Elizabeth is essentially constant during October, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 12.5 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on October 20, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 12.7 miles per hour, while on May 4, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 10.5 miles per hour.
The highest daily average wind speed during October is 12.7 miles per hour on October 20.
Average Wind Speed in October
Wind Direction in October
Port Elizabeth 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 Port Elizabeth is essentially constant during October, remaining around 65°F throughout.
Average Water Temperature in October
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 Port Elizabeth 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 October
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 Port Elizabeth are increasing during October, increasing by 392°F, from 826°F to 1,218°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in October
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 Port Elizabeth is increasing during October, rising by 1.2 kWh, from 5.5 kWh to 6.7 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in October
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Port Elizabeth are -33.918 deg latitude, 25.570 deg longitude, and 154 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Port Elizabeth contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 509 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 190 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (968 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,573 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Port Elizabeth is covered by artificial surfaces (97%), within 10 miles by water (33%) and artificial surfaces (30%), and within 50 miles by water (60%) and shrubs (25%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Port Elizabeth 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, Port Elizabeth Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Port Elizabeth.
At a distance of 9 kilometers from Port Elizabeth, 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 Port Elizabeth 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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