Average Weather in August in Qacha’s Nek Lesotho
Daily high temperatures increase by 5°F, from 59°F to 64°F, rarely falling below 50°F or exceeding 72°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 5°F, from 31°F to 36°F, rarely falling below 26°F or exceeding 42°F.
For reference, on January 2, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Qacha’s Nek typically range from 52°F to 75°F, while on June 28, the coldest day of the year, they range from 29°F to 56°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in August
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on August. 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 August
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 month of August in Qacha’s Nek experiences gradually increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 16% to 21%.
The clearest day of the month is August 2, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 84% of the time.
For reference, on November 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 37%, while on July 16, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 85%.
Cloud Cover Categories in August
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 Qacha’s Nek, the chance of a wet day over the course of August is essentially constant, remaining around 7% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 58% on February 4, and its lowest chance is 3% on July 5.
Over the course of August in Qacha’s Nek, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 4% to 7%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 1% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 0% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in August
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 August in Qacha’s Nek is gradually increasing, starting the month at 0.4 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.3 inches or falls below -0.0 inches, and ending the month at 0.7 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.8 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in August
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. As with rainfall, we consider the liquid-equivalent snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.
The average sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall during August in Qacha’s Nek is essentially constant, remaining about 0.1 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.8 inches or falling below -0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in August
Over the course of August in Qacha’s Nek, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 46 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 32 seconds, and weekly increase of 10 minutes, 46 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is August 1, with 10 hours, 42 minutes of daylight and the longest day is August 31, with 11 hours, 28 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in August
The latest sunrise of the month in Qacha’s Nek is 6:50 AM on August 1 and the earliest sunrise is 29 minutes earlier at 6:21 AM on August 31.
The earliest sunset is 5:32 PM on August 1 and the latest sunset is 17 minutes later at 5:49 PM on August 31.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Qacha’s Nek during 2021.
For reference, on December 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:00 AM and sets 14 hours, 5 minutes later, at 7:06 PM, while on June 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:00 AM and sets 10 hours, 12 minutes later, at 5:13 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in August
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for August 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 August
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 Qacha’s Nek is essentially constant during August, remaining around 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels in August
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 Qacha’s Nek is gradually increasing during August, increasing from 8.8 miles per hour to 9.5 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on September 13, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 9.7 miles per hour, while on March 2, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in August
The hourly average wind direction in Qacha’s Nek throughout August is predominantly from the west, with a peak proportion of 48% on August 27.
Wind Direction in August
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 Qacha’s Nek typically lasts for 6.7 months (203 days), from around October 8 to around April 29, rarely starting before September 8 or after November 19, and rarely ending before April 5 or after May 22.
The month of August in Qacha’s Nek is very likely fully outside of the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season gradually increasing from -0% to 6% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in August
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 Qacha’s Nek are gradually increasing during August, increasing by 100°F, from 53°F to 154°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in August
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 Qacha’s Nek is increasing during August, rising by 1.1 kWh, from 4.5 kWh to 5.5 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in August
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Qacha’s Nek are -30.115 deg latitude, 28.689 deg longitude, and 6,476 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Qacha’s Nek contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,781 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 6,515 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,045 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (8,284 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Qacha’s Nek is covered by grassland (74%) and bare soil (26%), within 10 miles by bare soil (49%) and grassland (40%), and within 50 miles by grassland (52%) and bare soil (32%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Qacha’s Nek, 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 Qacha’s Nek.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Qacha’s Nek 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 Qacha’s Nek is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, in addition to a contribution from the MERRA-2 reconstruction, corrected for the difference between the reference elevation of the MERRA-2 grid cell and the elevation of Qacha’s Nek.
The station weights are proportional to the inverse of the distance between Qacha’s Nek and a given station.
The weight assigned to the MERRA-2 value depends on the distance from Qacha’s Nek to the nearest station, increasing from 0% at 150 kilometers to 100% at 200 kilometers. In this case, the MERRA-2 weight is 16%.
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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