Average Weather in March in Modimolle South Africa
Daily high temperatures decrease by 3°F, from 84°F to 80°F, rarely falling below 73°F or exceeding 90°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 4°F, from 64°F to 60°F, rarely falling below 55°F or exceeding 69°F.
For reference, on January 1, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Modimolle typically range from 66°F to 85°F, while on June 24, the coldest day of the year, they range from 40°F to 69°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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Cuencamé, Mexico (9,459 miles away); La Mendieta, Argentina (5,735 miles); and Gatton, Australia (7,250 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Modimolle (view comparison).
The month of March in Modimolle experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 26% to 21%.
The clearest day of the month is March 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 79% of the time.
For reference, on December 11, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 42%, while on July 24, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 95%.
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 Modimolle, the chance of a wet day over the course of March is very rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 30% and ending it at 20%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 45% on December 2, and its lowest chance is 1% on July 16.
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 Modimolle is decreasing, starting the month at 2.3 inches, when it rarely exceeds 4.6 inches or falls below 0.5 inches, and ending the month at 1.4 inches, when it rarely exceeds 3.0 inches or falls below 0.4 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in March
Over the course of March in Modimolle, the length of the day is decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 44 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 1 minute, 27 seconds, and weekly decrease of 10 minutes, 9 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is March 31, with 11 hours, 51 minutes of daylight and the longest day is March 1, with 12 hours, 35 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March
The earliest sunrise of the month in Modimolle is 6:01 AM on March 1 and the latest sunrise is 14 minutes later at 6:14 AM on March 31.
The latest sunset is 6:35 PM on March 1 and the earliest sunset is 30 minutes earlier at 6:05 PM on March 31.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Modimolle during 2021.
For reference, on December 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:14 AM and sets 13 hours, 40 minutes later, at 6:54 PM, while on June 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:50 AM and sets 10 hours, 36 minutes later, at 5:26 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 Modimolle is decreasing during March, falling from 7% to 1% over the course of the month.
For reference, on February 6, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 9% of the time, while on May 10, 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 Modimolle is gradually decreasing during March, decreasing from 6.4 miles per hour to 5.8 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on October 2, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.8 miles per hour, while on May 10, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in March
The hourly average wind direction in Modimolle throughout March is predominantly from the east, with a peak proportion of 52% on March 1.
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).
While it does not do so every year, freezing temperatures are seen in Modimolle over some winters. The day least likely to be in the growing season is June 25, with a 67% chance.
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 Modimolle are rapidly increasing during March, increasing by 634°F, from 4,666°F to 5,299°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 Modimolle is gradually decreasing during March, falling by 0.9 kWh, from 7.0 kWh to 6.0 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 Modimolle are -24.700 deg latitude, 28.400 deg longitude, and 3,862 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Modimolle contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 289 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 3,887 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,686 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (3,661 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Modimolle is covered by shrubs (64%) and artificial surfaces (27%), within 10 miles by shrubs (60%) and cropland (35%), and within 50 miles by cropland (42%) and trees (21%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Modimolle, 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 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Modimolle.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Modimolle 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 Modimolle is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Modimolle and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Thabazimbi (33%, 100 kilometers, west); Pretoria (26%, 117 kilometers, south); Matimba Airport (21%, 134 kilometers, northwest); and Polokwane International Airport (20%, 141 kilometers, northeast).
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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