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Average Weather in Goubétto Djibouti

In Goubétto, the summers are short, sweltering, oppressive, and mostly cloudy; the winters are long, warm, muggy, and partly cloudy; and it is dry and windy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 69°F to 103°F and is rarely below 66°F or above 108°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Goubétto for hot-weather activities is from mid October to late March.

Temperature

The hot season lasts for 2.5 months, from June 16 to September 2, with an average daily high temperature above 99°F. The hottest day of the year is July 17, with an average high of 103°F and low of 88°F.

The cool season lasts for 4.5 months, from November 11 to March 27, with an average daily high temperature below 86°F. The coldest day of the year is December 28, with an average low of 69°F and high of 82°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

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 entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature

Average Hourly Temperature in GoubéttoJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMcomfortablecomfortablecomfortablewarmwarmhotswelteringcomfortable
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: 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 shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Tibú, Colombia (7,817 miles away); Atar, Mauritania (3,763 miles); and Qui Nhon, Vietnam (4,459 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Goubétto (view comparison).

Clouds

In Goubétto, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Goubétto begins around October 3 and lasts for 6.4 months, ending around April 16. On November 20, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 72% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 28% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around April 16 and lasts for 5.6 months, ending around October 3. On May 24, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 68% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 32% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in GoubéttoclearerclearercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Nov 2072%Nov 2072%May 2432%May 2432%Oct 351%Oct 351%Apr 1652%Apr 1652%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Goubétto varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 9.5 months, from July 25 to May 10, with a greater than 13% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 23% on April 10.

The drier season lasts 2.5 months, from May 10 to July 25. The smallest chance of a wet day is 2% on June 16.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 23% on April 10.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in GoubéttowetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Apr 1023%Apr 1023%Jun 162%Jun 162%Jan 13%Jan 13%Jul 2513%Jul 2513%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 months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Goubétto experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 10 months, from July 17 to May 30, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around April 8, with an average total accumulation of 1.6 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 1.6 months, from May 30 to July 17. The least rain falls around June 23, with an average total accumulation of 0.2 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

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.

Sun

The length of the day in Goubétto does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 47 minutes of 12 hours throughout. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 11 hours, 27 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 12 hours, 48 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

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 is at 5:43 AM on May 31, and the latest sunrise is 49 minutes later at 6:32 AM on January 25. The earliest sunset is at 5:40 PM on November 17, and the latest sunset is 55 minutes later at 6:36 PM on July 10.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Goubétto during 2017.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in GoubéttoJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMMay 315:43 AMMay 315:43 AM6:36 PMJul 106:36 PMJul 10Nov 175:40 PMNov 175:40 PM6:32 AMJan 256:32 AMJan 25daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2017. 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.

Humidity

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.

Goubétto experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 10 months, from February 2 to December 15, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 74% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is September 17, with muggy conditions 97% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is December 30, with muggy conditions 67% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in GoubéttomuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Dec 3067%Dec 3067%97%Sep 1797%Sep 17Feb 274%Feb 274%miserablemiserableoppressiveoppressivemuggymuggyhumidhumidcomfortablecomfortable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

Wind

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 Goubétto experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 5.9 months, from October 19 to April 15, with average wind speeds of more than 9.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 17, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.8 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 6.1 months, from April 15 to October 19. The calmest day of the year is May 23, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.0 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in GoubéttowindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph2 mph4 mph6 mph8 mph10 mph12 mph14 mph16 mph18 mphJan 1712.8 mphJan 1712.8 mphMay 237.0 mphMay 237.0 mphOct 199.9 mphOct 199.9 mphApr 159.9 mphApr 159.9 mph
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Goubétto varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the west for 3.3 months, from June 5 to September 15, with a peak percentage of 81% on August 2. The wind is most often from the east for 8.7 months, from September 15 to June 5, with a peak percentage of 97% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in GoubéttoEWEJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westeastnorth
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Water Temperature

Goubétto is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.

The average water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The time of year with warmer water lasts for 1.9 months, from August 28 to October 25, with an average temperature above 86°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is September 24, with an average temperature of 88°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.0 months, from December 19 to March 19, with an average temperature below 81°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is January 29, with an average temperature of 79°F.

Average Water Temperature

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Goubétto throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.

The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Goubétto for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid November to early March, with a peak score in the last week of December.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Goubéttobest timebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468107.47.42.32.3 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Goubétto for hot-weather activities is from mid October to late March, with a peak score in the third week of November.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Goubéttobest timebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468108.38.32.92.97.67.6 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.

Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.

Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.

Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.

Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.

Growing Season

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 Goubétto 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

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in GoubéttoJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%100%Jan 1100%Jan 1100%Jul 3100%Jul 3comfortablewarmhotsweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: 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 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.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in GoubéttoJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F2,000°F4,000°F6,000°F8,000°F10,000°FJan 590°FJan 590°FMar 121,800°FMar 121,800°FDec 3111,340°FDec 3111,340°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

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 experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 1.6 months, from February 26 to April 13, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.8 kWh. The brightest day of the year is March 20, with an average of 7.1 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.0 months, from November 23 to January 23, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 6.1 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 20, with an average of 5.9 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in GoubéttobrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWhMar 207.1 kWhMar 207.1 kWhDec 205.9 kWhDec 205.9 kWhJan 236.1 kWhJan 236.1 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.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Goubétto are 11.424 deg latitude, 43.000 deg longitude, and 1,096 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Goubétto contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 715 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,150 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (2,467 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (6,391 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Goubétto is covered by grassland (78%) and bare soil (22%), within 10 miles by grassland (72%) and bare soil (27%), and within 50 miles by bare soil (38%) and water (27%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Goubétto, 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, Djibouti, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Goubétto.

At a distance of 22 kilometers from Goubétto, 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 Goubétto 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 Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , 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.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

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.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.