Average Weather in May in Mbala Zambia
Daily high temperatures are around 79°F, rarely falling below 75°F or exceeding 83°F. The highest daily average high temperature is 79°F on May 6.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 4°F, from 59°F to 54°F, rarely falling below 51°F or exceeding 62°F.
For reference, on October 16, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Mbala typically range from 62°F to 85°F, while on July 14, the coldest day of the year, they range from 51°F to 78°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in May
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.
Average Hourly Temperature in May
The month of May in Mbala experiences very rapidly decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 49% to 31%.
The clearest day of the month is May 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 69% of the time.
For reference, on January 11, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 88%, while on July 17, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 83%.
Cloud Cover Categories in May
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 Mbala, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is very rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 13% and ending it at 1%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 77% on January 15, and its lowest chance is -0% on July 4.
Probability of Precipitation in May
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during May in Mbala is decreasing, starting the month at 1.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.2 inches or falls below 0.2 inches, and ending the month at 0.1 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.3 inches or falls below -0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in May
Over the course of May in Mbala, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is May 31, with 11 hours, 39 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 1, with 11 hours, 48 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May
The earliest sunrise of the month in Mbala is 5:57 AM on May 1 and the latest sunrise is 5 minutes later at 6:02 AM on May 31.
The latest sunset is 5:45 PM on May 1 and the earliest sunset is 4 minutes earlier at 5:41 PM on May 26.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Mbala during 2021.
For reference, on December 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:33 AM and sets 12 hours, 39 minutes later, at 6:11 PM, while on June 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:08 AM and sets 11 hours, 37 minutes later, at 5:44 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in May
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 chance that a given day will be muggy in Mbala is essentially constant during May, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on February 26, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time, while on May 29, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in May
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Mbala is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 11.5 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on August 19, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 12.6 miles per hour, while on February 11, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.5 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in May
The hourly average wind direction in Mbala throughout May is predominantly from the east, with a peak proportion of 89% on May 6.
Wind Direction in May
Temperatures in Mbala 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 average accumulated growing degree days in Mbala are rapidly increasing during May, increasing by 497°F, from 5,756°F to 6,253°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in May
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Mbala is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 6.3 kWh throughout.
The highest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during May is 6.4 kWh on May 4.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Mbala are -8.840 deg latitude, 31.366 deg longitude, and 5,322 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Mbala contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 420 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 5,340 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (2,572 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (5,023 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Mbala is covered by grassland (40%), shrubs (27%), and trees (20%), within 10 miles by shrubs (44%) and trees (31%), and within 50 miles by trees (33%) and shrubs (29%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Mbala, 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 is only a single weather station, Sumbawanga Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Mbala.
At a distance of 101 kilometers from Mbala, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.
The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Mbala according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .