Daily high temperatures decrease by 3°F, from 78°F to 75°F, rarely falling below 69°F or exceeding 83°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 5°F, from 54°F to 49°F, rarely falling below 45°F or exceeding 59°F.
For reference, on October 22, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Lusaka typically range from 64°F to 87°F, while on July 8, the coldest day of the year, they range from 46°F to 72°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in May
The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on May. 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.
The month of May in Lusaka experiences decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 21% to 10%.
The clearest day of the month is May 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 90% 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 25, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 93%.
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.
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 May is decreasing, starting the month at 5% and ending it at 1%.
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 16.
Probability of Precipitation in May
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).
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 May in Lusaka is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 0.5 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.5 inches, and ending the month at 0.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.1 inches or falls below -0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in May
The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.
Over the course of May in Lusaka, the length of the day is gradually decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 16 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 33 seconds, and weekly decrease of 3 minutes, 48 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is May 31, with 11 hours, 16 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 1, with 11 hours, 33 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.
The earliest sunrise of the month in Lusaka is 6:17 AM on May 1 and the latest sunrise is 9 minutes later at 6:26 AM on May 31.
The latest sunset is 5:50 PM on May 1 and the earliest sunset is 7 minutes earlier at 5:42 PM on May 31.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Lusaka during 2021.
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 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:32 AM and sets 11 hours, 13 minutes later, at 5:45 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in May
The solar day over the course of May. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for May 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 May
The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.
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 decreasing during May, falling from 7% to 0% 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 7, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.
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 essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 8.8 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on October 4, 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.
Average Wind Speed in May
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
The hourly average wind direction in Lusaka throughout May is predominantly from the east, with a peak proportion of 94% on May 5.
Wind Direction in May
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).
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 May
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.
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 increasing during May, increasing by 389°F, from 5,764°F to 6,152°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in May
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of May, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
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 gradually decreasing during May, falling by 0.6 kWh, from 6.2 kWh to 5.6 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Lusaka are -15.407 deg latitude, 28.287 deg longitude, and 4,190 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, 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.
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 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.
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We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
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