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Winter Weather in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso

Daily high temperatures increase by 4°F, from 94°F to 98°F, rarely falling below 84°F or exceeding 103°F. The lowest daily average high temperature is 90°F on January 7.

Daily low temperatures increase by 6°F, from 67°F to 74°F, rarely falling below 59°F or exceeding 80°F. The lowest daily average low temperature is 64°F on January 2.

For reference, on April 9, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Ouagadougou typically range from 81°F to 103°F, while on January 2, the coldest day of the year, they range from 64°F to 90°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in the Winter in Ouagadougou

Average High and Low Temperature in the Winter in OuagadougouDecJanFeb60°F60°F65°F65°F70°F70°F75°F75°F80°F80°F85°F85°F90°F90°F95°F95°F100°F100°F105°F105°FFallSpringJan 690°FJan 690°F64°F64°FDec 194°FDec 194°F67°F67°FFeb 2898°FFeb 2898°F74°F74°FFeb 193°FFeb 193°F67°F67°F
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 winter temperatures. 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 the Winter in Ouagadougou

Average Hourly Temperature in the Winter in OuagadougouDecJanFeb12 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMFallSpringcoolcomfortablecomfortablewarmwarmwarmhotswelteringswelteringhot
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Kalyān, Maharashtra, India (4,958 miles away) and Tharyarwady, Myanmar (Burma) (6,438 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Ouagadougou (view comparison).

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The winter in Ouagadougou experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 38% throughout the season. The lowest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 32% on January 7.

The clearest day of the winter is January 7, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 68% of the time.

For reference, on August 17, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 71%, while on January 7, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 68%.

Cloud Cover Categories in the Winter in Ouagadougou

Cloud Cover Categories in the Winter in OuagadougouDecJanFeb0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%FallSpringAug 1729%Aug 1729%Dec 159%Dec 159%Feb 2855%Feb 2855%Jan 168%Jan 168%Feb 163%Feb 163%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
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 Ouagadougou, the chance of a wet day over the course of the winter is essentially constant, remaining around 1% throughout.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 87% on August 17, and its lowest chance is 0% on December 14.

Probability of Precipitation in the Winter in Ouagadougou

Probability of Precipitation in the Winter in OuagadougouDecJanFeb0%0%1%1%2%2%3%3%4%4%5%5%6%6%FallSpringDec 130%Dec 130%Feb 282%Feb 282%Jan 10%Jan 10%Feb 10%Feb 10%rain
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).

Rainfall

To show variation within the season and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.

The average sliding 31-day rainfall during the winter in Ouagadougou is essentially constant, remaining about 0.0 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.2 inches or falling below -0.0 inches.

The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 0.0 inches on December 17.

Average Monthly Rainfall in the Winter in Ouagadougou

Average Monthly Rainfall in the Winter in OuagadougouDecJanFeb0.0 in0.0 in0.2 in0.2 in0.4 in0.4 in0.6 in0.6 in0.8 in0.8 in1.0 in1.0 inFallSpringDec 170.0 inDec 170.0 inDec 10.0 inDec 10.0 inFeb 280.1 inFeb 280.1 inJan 10.0 inJan 10.0 inFeb 10.0 inFeb 10.0 in
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 snowfall.

Over the course of the winter in Ouagadougou, the length of the day is gradually increasing. From the start to the end of the season, the length of the day increases by 26 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 18 seconds, and weekly increase of 2 minutes, 3 seconds.

The shortest day of the winter is December 21, with 11 hours, 24 minutes of daylight and the longest day is February 28, with 11 hours, 53 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in the Winter in Ouagadougou

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in the Winter in OuagadougouDecJanFeb0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hrFallSpringDec 2111 hr, 24 minDec 2111 hr, 24 minnightnightdaydayFeb 2811 hr, 53 minFeb 2811 hr, 53 minFeb 111 hr, 37 minFeb 111 hr, 37 min
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 winter in Ouagadougou is 6:11 AM on December 1 and the latest sunrise is 20 minutes later at 6:32 AM on January 24.

The earliest sunset is 5:38 PM on December 1 and the latest sunset is 36 minutes later at 6:15 PM on February 28.

Daylight saving time is not observed in Ouagadougou during 2024.

For reference, on June 20, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:42 AM and sets 12 hours, 51 minutes later, at 6:33 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:22 AM and sets 11 hours, 24 minutes later, at 5:46 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in the Winter in Ouagadougou

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in the Winter in OuagadougouDecJanFeb12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMFallSpring6:11 AM6:11 AMDec 15:38 PMDec 15:38 PM6:22 AM6:22 AMFeb 286:15 PMFeb 286:15 PM6:32 AM6:32 AMJan 246:04 PMJan 246:04 PM6:27 AM6:27 AMJan 15:52 PMJan 15:52 PMSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day in the winter. 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 the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in the Winter in Ouagadougou

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in the Winter in OuagadougouDecJanFeb12 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMFallSpring0010202030304050506000101020303040405060
northeastsouthwest
Solar elevation and azimuth in the the winter of 2024. The black lines are lines of constant solar elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon, in degrees). The background color fills indicate the azimuth (the compass bearing) of the sun. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries of the cardinal compass points indicate the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for the winter of 2024. 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 the Winter in Ouagadougou

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in the Winter in OuagadougouDecJanFeb12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMFallSpringNov 112:48 PMNov 112:48 PMNov 159:29 PMNov 159:29 PMDec 16:22 AMDec 16:22 AMDec 159:02 AMDec 159:02 AMDec 3010:28 PMDec 3010:28 PMJan 1310:28 PMJan 1310:28 PMJan 2912:37 PMJan 2912:37 PMFeb 121:54 PMFeb 121:54 PMFeb 2812:45 AMFeb 2812:45 AMMar 146:55 AMMar 146:55 AMMar 2910:58 AMMar 2910:58 AM5:48 AM5:48 AM5:16 PM5:16 PM6:31 AM6:31 AM6:16 AM6:16 AM4:53 PM4:53 PM6:20 AM6:20 AM5:32 PM5:32 PM5:42 PM5:42 PM7:00 AM7:00 AM6:31 AM6:31 AM6:17 PM6:17 PM6:18 PM6:18 PM7:06 AM7:06 AM6:54 PM6:54 PM5:49 PM5:49 PM6:17 AM6:17 AM6:30 PM6:30 PM
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 Ouagadougou is essentially constant during the winter, remaining within 1% of 1% throughout.

The lowest chance of a muggy day during the winter is 0% on January 18.

For reference, on August 13, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 100% of the time, while on January 15, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in the Winter in Ouagadougou

Humidity Comfort Levels in the Winter in OuagadougouDecJanFeb0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%FallSpringJan 180%Jan 180%Dec 11%Dec 11%Feb 283%Feb 283%Jan 10%Jan 10%Feb 10%Feb 10%drydrymuggymuggyoppressiveoppressive
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
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 Ouagadougou is gradually increasing during the winter, increasing from 6.8 miles per hour to 7.8 miles per hour over the course of the season.

For reference, on January 24, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.5 miles per hour, while on September 6, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.3 miles per hour.

The highest daily average wind speed during the winter is 8.5 miles per hour on January 24.

Average Wind Speed in the Winter in Ouagadougou

Average Wind Speed in the Winter in OuagadougouDecJanFeb0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mphFallSpringJan 248.5 mphJan 248.5 mphDec 16.8 mphDec 16.8 mphFeb 287.8 mphFeb 287.8 mphJan 18.2 mphJan 18.2 mph
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 Ouagadougou throughout the winter is predominantly from the east, with a peak proportion of 67% on December 1.

Wind Direction in the Winter in Ouagadougou

Wind Direction in the Winter in OuagadougouDecJanFeb0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%FallSpringeastnorthsouthwest
northeastsouthwest
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 Ouagadougou 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 the Winter in Ouagadougou

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in the Winter in OuagadougouDecJanFeb0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%FallSpring100%Jan 15100%Jan 15coolcomfortablewarmhotsweltering
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
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 Ouagadougou are very rapidly decreasing during the winter, decreasing by 8,906°F, from 10,519°F to 1,614°F, over the course of the season.

Growing Degree Days in the Winter in Ouagadougou

Growing Degree Days in the Winter in OuagadougouDecJanFeb2,000°F2,000°F4,000°F4,000°F6,000°F6,000°F8,000°F8,000°F10,000°F10,000°FFallSpringDec 110,519°FDec 110,519°FFeb 281,614°FFeb 281,614°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the winter, 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 Ouagadougou is gradually increasing during the winter, rising by 0.8 kWh, from 5.5 kWh to 6.4 kWh, over the course of the season.

The lowest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during the winter is 5.5 kWh on December 18.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in the Winter in Ouagadougou

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in the Winter in OuagadougouDecJanFeb0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWhFallSpringDec 185.5 kWhDec 185.5 kWhDec 15.5 kWhDec 15.5 kWhFeb 286.4 kWhFeb 286.4 kWhFeb 16.0 kWhFeb 16.0 kWh
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 Ouagadougou are 12.366 deg latitude, -1.534 deg longitude, and 981 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Ouagadougou contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 121 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 992 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (308 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (833 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Ouagadougou is covered by artificial surfaces (73%), within 10 miles by cropland (39%) and artificial surfaces (21%), and within 50 miles by cropland (58%) and grassland (15%).

This report illustrates the typical weather in Ouagadougou, 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 Ouagadougou.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Ouagadougou 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 Ouagadougou is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Ouagadougou and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are:

To get a sense of how much these sources agree with each other, you can view a comparison of Ouagadougou and the stations that contribute to our estimates of its temperature history and climate. Please note that each source's contribution is adjusted for elevation and the relative change present in the MERRA-2 data.

Other Data

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 © OpenStreetMap contributors.

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