Average Weather in October in Lusaka Zambia
Daily high temperatures are around 87°F, rarely falling below 79°F or exceeding 93°F. The highest daily average high temperature is 87°F on October 22.
Daily low temperatures increase by 4°F, from 61°F to 64°F, rarely falling below 56°F or exceeding 69°F.
For reference, on October 21, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Lusaka typically range from 64°F to 87°F, while on July 7, the coldest day of the year, they range from 46°F to 72°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
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The month of October in Lusaka experiences very rapidly increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 19% to 39%.
The clearest day of the month is October 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 81% of the time.
For reference, on January 12, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 82%, while on June 24, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 93%.
Cloud Cover Categories in October
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Lusaka, the chance of a wet day over the course of October is very rapidly increasing, starting the month at 4% and ending it at 16%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 69% on January 28, and its lowest chance is 0% on July 15.
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 Lusaka is rapidly increasing, starting the month at 0.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.7 inches, and ending the month at 1.3 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.6 inches or falls below 0.3 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in October
Over the course of October in Lusaka, the length of the day is gradually increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 25 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 50 seconds, and weekly increase of 5 minutes, 50 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is October 1, with 12 hours, 14 minutes of daylight and the longest day is October 31, with 12 hours, 39 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in October
The latest sunrise of the month in Lusaka is 5:49 AM on October 1 and the earliest sunrise is 18 minutes earlier at 5:30 AM on October 31.
The earliest sunset is 6:03 PM on October 1 and the latest sunset is 7 minutes later at 6:10 PM on October 31.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Lusaka during 2020.
For reference, on December 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:33 AM and sets 13 hours, 3 minutes later, at 6:36 PM, while on June 20, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:32 AM and sets 11 hours, 13 minutes later, at 5:44 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 Lusaka is increasing during October, rising from 1% to 9% over the course of the month.
For reference, on January 27, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 77% of the time, while on July 6, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in October
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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 Lusaka is gradually decreasing during October, decreasing from 12.7 miles per hour to 11.7 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on October 3, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 12.7 miles per hour, while on February 6, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.6 miles per hour.
The highest daily average wind speed during October is 12.7 miles per hour on October 4.
Average Wind Speed in October
The hourly average wind direction in Lusaka throughout October is predominantly from the east, with a peak proportion of 96% on October 3.
Wind Direction 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 Lusaka 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
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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 Lusaka are rapidly increasing during October, increasing by 720°F, from 1,339°F to 2,059°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 Lusaka is essentially constant during October, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 7.4 kWh throughout.
The highest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during October is 7.5 kWh on October 20.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in October
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Lusaka are -15.407 deg latitude, 28.287 deg longitude, and 4,183 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Lusaka contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 240 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 4,176 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (741 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (3,602 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Lusaka is covered by artificial surfaces (100%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (59%) and grassland (21%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (38%) and grassland (26%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Lusaka 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 are 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Lusaka.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Lusaka 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 Lusaka is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Lusaka and a given station.
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 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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