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Spring Weather in Oaxaca Mexico

Daily high temperatures are around 85°F, rarely falling below 77°F or exceeding 93°F. The highest daily average high temperature is 87°F on April 17.

Daily low temperatures increase by 9°F, from 52°F to 61°F, rarely falling below 46°F or exceeding 64°F.

For reference, on April 17, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Oaxaca typically range from 58°F to 87°F, while on January 12, the coldest day of the year, they range from 47°F to 78°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in the Spring in Oaxaca

Average High and Low Temperature in the Spring in OaxacaMarAprMay40°F40°F45°F45°F50°F50°F55°F55°F60°F60°F65°F65°F70°F70°F75°F75°F80°F80°F85°F85°F90°F90°F95°F95°FWinterSummerApr 1787°FApr 1787°F58°F58°FMar 183°FMar 183°F52°F52°FMay 3183°FMay 3183°F61°F61°FApr 186°FApr 186°F56°F56°FMay 187°FMay 187°F59°F59°FNowNow
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 spring 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 Spring in Oaxaca

Average Hourly Temperature in the Spring in OaxacaMarAprMay12 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 AMWinterSummerNowNowcoldcoolcoolcomfortablecomfortablecomfortablewarmhot
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.

Lusaka, Zambia (8,809 miles away); Laela, Tanzania (8,956 miles); and Dek’emhāre, Eritrea (8,702 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Oaxaca (view comparison).

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The spring in Oaxaca experiences very rapidly increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 31% to 79%.

The clearest day of the spring is March 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 69% of the time.

For reference, on June 26, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 92%, while on February 24, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 70%.

Cloud Cover Categories in the Spring in Oaxaca

Cloud Cover Categories in the Spring in OaxacaMarAprMay0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%WinterSummerMar 169%Mar 169%May 3122%May 3122%Apr 163%Apr 163%May 146%May 146%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudyovercastmostly cloudy
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 Oaxaca, the chance of a wet day over the course of the spring is very rapidly increasing, starting the season at 5% and ending it at 47%.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 71% on September 2, and its lowest chance is 4% on December 16.

Probability of Precipitation in the Spring in Oaxaca

Probability of Precipitation in the Spring in OaxacaMarAprMay0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%WinterSummerMar 15%Mar 15%May 3147%May 3147%Apr 19%Apr 19%May 122%May 122%NowNowrain
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 spring in Oaxaca is very rapidly increasing, starting the season at 0.3 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.7 inches, and ending the season at 4.6 inches, when it rarely exceeds 8.6 inches or falls below 1.8 inches.

The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 0.3 inches on March 4.

Average Monthly Rainfall in the Spring in Oaxaca

Average Monthly Rainfall in the Spring in OaxacaMarAprMay0 in0 in2 in2 in4 in4 in6 in6 in8 in8 in10 in10 in12 in12 inWinterSummerMar 30.3 inMar 30.3 inMay 314.6 inMay 314.6 inApr 10.6 inApr 10.6 inMay 11.6 inMay 11.6 inNowNow
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 spring in Oaxaca, the length of the day is rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the season, the length of the day increases by 1 hour, 16 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 50 seconds, and weekly increase of 5 minutes, 50 seconds.

The shortest day of the spring is March 1, with 11 hours, 49 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 13 hours, 5 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in the Spring in Oaxaca

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in the Spring in OaxacaMarAprMay0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hrWinterSummerMar 2012 hr, 6 minMar 2012 hr, 6 minnightnightdaydayMay 3113 hr, 5 minMay 3113 hr, 5 minMay 112 hr, 46 minMay 112 hr, 46 minNowNow
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 spring in Oaxaca is 6:20 AM on April 2 and the latest sunrise is 59 minutes later at 7:19 AM on April 3.

The earliest sunset is 6:33 PM on March 1 and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 23 minutes later at 7:57 PM on May 31.

Daylight saving time (DST) starts at 3:00 AM on April 3, 2022, shifting sunrise and sunset to be an hour later.

For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 6:54 AM and sets 13 hours, 9 minutes later, at 8:03 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:51 AM and sets 11 hours, 7 minutes later, at 5:58 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in the Spring in Oaxaca

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in the Spring in OaxacaMarAprMay2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMWinterSummer6:20 AM6:20 AMApr 26:40 PMApr 26:40 PM6:52 AM6:52 AMMay 317:57 PMMay 317:57 PM6:44 AM6:44 AMMar 16:33 PMMar 16:33 PM7:01 AM7:01 AMMay 17:46 PMMay 17:46 PMApr 3DSTApr 3DSTSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day in the spring. 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 transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for the spring of 2022. 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 Spring in Oaxaca

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in the Spring in OaxacaMarAprMay12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMWinterSummerFeb 1610:57 AMFeb 1610:57 AMMar 211:35 AMMar 211:35 AMMar 181:18 AMMar 181:18 AMApr 112:25 AMApr 112:25 AMApr 161:56 PMApr 161:56 PMApr 303:29 PMApr 303:29 PMMay 1511:15 PMMay 1511:15 PMMay 306:31 AMMay 306:31 AMJun 146:52 AMJun 146:52 AMJun 289:53 PMJun 289:53 PM5:49 PM5:49 PM7:02 AM7:02 AM6:48 PM6:48 PM6:20 PM6:20 PM6:56 AM6:56 AM6:25 PM6:25 PM7:54 PM7:54 PM7:50 AM7:50 AM7:38 PM7:38 PM7:14 AM7:14 AM8:23 PM8:23 PM7:29 PM7:29 PM6:52 AM6:52 AM8:03 PM8:03 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 Oaxaca is essentially constant during the spring, remaining around 0% throughout.

For reference, on September 24, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 1% of the time, while on December 19, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in the Spring in Oaxaca

Humidity Comfort Levels in the Spring in OaxacaMarAprMay0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%WinterSummerMar 10%Mar 10%May 311%May 311%Apr 10%Apr 10%May 10%May 10%NowNowhumidhumidcomfortablecomfortabledrydry
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 Oaxaca is gradually decreasing during the spring, decreasing from 6.0 miles per hour to 5.1 miles per hour over the course of the season.

For reference, on November 8, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.3 miles per hour, while on May 15, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.1 miles per hour.

The lowest daily average wind speed during the spring is 5.1 miles per hour on May 31.

Average Wind Speed in the Spring in Oaxaca

Average Wind Speed in the Spring in OaxacaMarAprMay0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mphWinterSummerMay 315.1 mphMay 315.1 mphMar 16.0 mphMar 16.0 mphApr 15.7 mphApr 15.7 mphMay 15.3 mphMay 15.3 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The wind direction in Oaxaca during the spring is predominantly out of the north from March 1 to April 24 and the east from April 24 to May 31.

Wind Direction in the Spring in Oaxaca

Wind Direction in the Spring in OaxacaNEMarAprMay0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%WinterSummerNowNowwesteastnorthsouth
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 Oaxaca 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 Spring in Oaxaca

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in the Spring in OaxacaMarAprMay0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%WinterSummer100%Apr 16100%Apr 16NowNowcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhot
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 Oaxaca are very rapidly increasing during the spring, increasing by 1,892°F, from 875°F to 2,767°F, over the course of the season.

Growing Degree Days in the Spring in Oaxaca

Growing Degree Days in the Spring in OaxacaMarAprMay1,000°F1,000°F1,500°F1,500°F2,000°F2,000°F2,500°F2,500°FWinterSummerMar 1875°FMar 1875°FMay 312,767°FMay 312,767°FApr 11,462°FApr 11,462°FMay 12,111°FMay 12,111°FNowNow
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the spring, 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 Oaxaca is gradually decreasing during the spring, falling by 0.7 kWh, from 6.7 kWh to 6.0 kWh, over the course of the season.

The highest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during the spring is 7.2 kWh on March 31.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in the Spring in Oaxaca

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in the Spring in OaxacaMarAprMay0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWhWinterSummerMar 317.2 kWhMar 317.2 kWhMar 16.7 kWhMar 16.7 kWhMay 316.0 kWhMay 316.0 kWhMay 16.8 kWhMay 16.8 kWhNowNow
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 Oaxaca are 17.065 deg latitude, -96.724 deg longitude, and 5,141 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Oaxaca contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 955 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 5,181 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (5,902 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (10,538 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Oaxaca is covered by artificial surfaces (90%), within 10 miles by shrubs (29%) and cropland (26%), and within 50 miles by trees (49%) and shrubs (32%).

This report illustrates the typical weather in Oaxaca, 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, Oaxaca - Xoxocotlán International Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Oaxaca.

At a distance of 7 kilometers from Oaxaca, 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 Oaxaca 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.

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 © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

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