Average Weather in March in Brakpan South Africa
Daily high temperatures decrease by 3°F, from 77°F to 74°F, rarely falling below 67°F or exceeding 84°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 4°F, from 59°F to 54°F, rarely falling below 49°F or exceeding 63°F.
For reference, on January 1, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Brakpan typically range from 59°F to 79°F, while on July 8, the coldest day of the year, they range from 34°F to 64°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in March
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on March. 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 March
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The month of March in Brakpan experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 23% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is March 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 78% of the time.
For reference, on November 25, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 38%, while on July 21, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 92%.
Cloud Cover Categories in March
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Brakpan, the chance of a wet day over the course of March is very rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 37% and ending it at 26%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 54% on December 13, and its lowest chance is 1% on July 7.
Probability of Precipitation in March
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 March in Brakpan is decreasing, starting the month at 2.8 inches, when it rarely exceeds 5.2 inches or falls below 0.8 inches, and ending the month at 1.8 inches, when it rarely exceeds 3.8 inches or falls below 0.6 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in March
Over the course of March in Brakpan, the length of the day is decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 47 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 1 minute, 33 seconds, and weekly decrease of 10 minutes, 53 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is March 31, with 11 hours, 50 minutes of daylight and the longest day is March 1, with 12 hours, 37 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March
The earliest sunrise of the month in Brakpan is 6:00 AM on March 1 and the latest sunrise is 15 minutes later at 6:15 AM on March 31.
The latest sunset is 6:37 PM on March 1 and the earliest sunset is 31 minutes earlier at 6:05 PM on March 31.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Brakpan during 2021.
For reference, on December 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:11 AM and sets 13 hours, 47 minutes later, at 6:58 PM, while on June 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:53 AM and sets 10 hours, 30 minutes later, at 5:23 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in March
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for March 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 March
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 Brakpan is gradually decreasing during March, falling from 4% to 1% over the course of the month.
For reference, on January 30, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 7% of the time, while on May 15, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in March
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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 Brakpan is essentially constant during March, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 6.5 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on September 25, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 9.7 miles per hour, while on March 31, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.4 miles per hour.
The lowest daily average wind speed during March is 6.4 miles per hour on March 31.
Average Wind Speed in March
The wind direction in Brakpan during March is predominantly out of the east from March 1 to March 12 and the north from March 12 to March 31.
Wind Direction in March
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 Brakpan typically lasts for 9.6 months (293 days), from around August 9 to around May 29, rarely starting before July 15 or after September 10, and rarely ending before May 6 or after June 20.
The month of March in Brakpan is reliably fully within the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in March
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 Brakpan are rapidly increasing during March, increasing by 464°F, from 3,330°F to 3,794°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in March
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 Brakpan is gradually decreasing during March, falling by 0.9 kWh, from 6.9 kWh to 5.9 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in March
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Brakpan are -26.237 deg latitude, 28.369 deg longitude, and 5,351 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Brakpan contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 210 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 5,350 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (571 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (2,592 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Brakpan is covered by artificial surfaces (66%) and grassland (23%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (48%) and grassland (37%), and within 50 miles by grassland (49%) and cropland (30%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Brakpan, 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 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Brakpan.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Brakpan 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 Brakpan is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Brakpan and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Springs (92%, 3.1 kilometers, southeast); O.R. Tambo International Airport (7%, 16 kilometers, northwest); and Vereeniging (1.2%, 55 kilometers, southwest).
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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