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Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Al Kūt Iraq

In Al Kūt, the summers are long, sweltering, arid, windy, and clear and the winters are cool, dry, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 45°F to 114°F and is rarely below 37°F or above 120°F.

Based on the beach/pool score, the best times of year to visit Al Kūt for hot-weather activities are from mid April to mid May and from mid September to late October.

Climate in Al Kūt

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Al Kūt weather by month. Click on each chart for more information.

Average Temperature in Al Kūt

The hot season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 25 to September 24, with an average daily high temperature above 104°F. The hottest day of the year is July 30, with an average high of 114°F and low of 88°F.

The cool season lasts for 3.4 months, from November 25 to March 5, with an average daily high temperature below 75°F. The coldest day of the year is January 11, with an average low of 45°F and high of 65°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in Al Kūt

Average High and Low Temperature in Al KūthotcoolcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°F110°F110°F120°F120°FJan 1165°FJan 1165°FJul 30114°FJul 30114°F45°F45°F88°F88°FMay 25104°FMay 25104°FSep 24104°FSep 24104°FNov 2575°FNov 2575°FMar 575°FMar 575°F78°F78°F77°F77°F53°F53°F54°F54°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 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 in Al Kūt

Average Hourly Temperature in Al KūtJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowcoldcoldcoldcoolcoolwarmwarmhotswelteringcoldcomfortablecomfortablesweltering
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.

Needles, California, United States (7,621 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Al Kūt (view comparison).

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Clouds

In Al Kūt, 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 Al Kūt begins around May 23 and lasts for 4.7 months, ending around October 13. On July 1, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 100% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 0% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 13 and lasts for 7.3 months, ending around May 23. On December 19, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 35% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 65% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories in Al Kūt

Cloud Cover Categories in Al KūtclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 1100%Jul 1100%Dec 1965%Dec 1965%May 2382%May 2382%Oct 1383%Oct 1383%NowNowclearovercastmostly clearpartly cloudymostly 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.

Precipitation

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

The wetter season lasts 6.6 months, from October 24 to May 11, with a greater than 7% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 14% on January 17.

The drier season lasts 5.4 months, from May 11 to October 24. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on July 22.

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 14% on January 17.

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Al Kūt

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Al KūtwetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jan 1714%Jan 1714%Jul 220%Jul 220%Jan 112%Jan 112%Oct 247%Oct 247%May 117%May 117%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 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. Al Kūt experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.3 months, from October 23 to May 1, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around January 31, with an average total accumulation of 1.1 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.7 months, from May 1 to October 23. The least rain falls around August 5, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in Al Kūt

Average Monthly Rainfall in Al KūtrainrainJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.0 in0.5 in0.5 in1.0 in1.0 in1.5 in1.5 in2.0 in2.0 in2.5 in2.5 in3.0 in3.0 in3.5 in3.5 inJan 311.1 inJan 311.1 inAug 50.0 inAug 50.0 inNov 240.9 inNov 240.9 inMay 10.5 inMay 10.5 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 liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Al Kūt varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 1 minute of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 17 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Al Kūt

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Al KūtJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 8 minMar 2012 hr, 8 minMar 2014 hr, 17 minJun 2114 hr, 17 minJun 2112 hr, 9 minSep 2212 hr, 9 minSep 2210 hr, 1 minDec 2110 hr, 1 minDec 21nightnightdayNowNow
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 4:48 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 11 minutes later at 6:59 AM on January 9. The earliest sunset is at 4:50 PM on December 3, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 17 minutes later at 7:08 PM on June 29.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Al Kūt during 2021.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Al Kūt

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Al KūtJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 124:48 AMJun 124:48 AM7:08 PMJun 297:08 PMJun 29Dec 34:50 PMDec 34:50 PM6:59 AMJan 96:59 AMJan 9daynightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2021. 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.

Moon

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 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.

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in Al Kūt

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.

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.

The perceived humidity level in Al Kūt, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 1% of 1% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels in Al Kūt

Humidity Comfort Levels in Al KūtJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Feb 60%Feb 60%Nov 112%Nov 112%NowNowdrydryhumidhumid
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.

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 Al Kūt experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from May 27 to September 9, with average wind speeds of more than 10.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is June 27, with an average hourly wind speed of 13.7 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 8.5 months, from September 9 to May 27. The calmest day of the year is January 13, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.7 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in Al Kūt

Average Wind Speed in Al KūtwindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mph16 mph16 mph18 mph18 mph20 mph20 mphJun 2713.7 mphJun 2713.7 mphJan 137.7 mphJan 137.7 mphMay 2710.7 mphMay 2710.7 mphSep 910.7 mphSep 910.7 mphNowNow
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 Al Kūt varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the north for 5.0 months, from February 1 to June 30 and for 5.0 months, from July 23 to December 22, with a peak percentage of 62% on September 12. The wind is most often from the west for 3.3 weeks, from June 30 to July 23 and for 1.2 months, from December 22 to February 1, with a peak percentage of 50% on July 8.

Wind Direction in Al Kūt

Wind Direction in Al KūtWNWNJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNoweastnorthwestsouth
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).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Al Kūt 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 times of year to visit Al Kūt for general outdoor tourist activities are from late February to mid April and from late October to late November, with a peak score in the last week of March.

Tourism Score in Al Kūt

Tourism Score in Al Kūtbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810107.67.63.33.37.37.34.94.9NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism 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 times of year to visit Al Kūt for hot-weather activities are from mid April to mid May and from mid September to late October, with a peak score in the second week of October.

Beach/Pool Score in Al Kūt

Beach/Pool Score in Al Kūtbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810108.08.00.50.57.47.45.05.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/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 Al Kūt 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 Al Kūt

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Al Kūtgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%90%Jan 1790%Jan 1790%Dec 3190%Dec 31Jul 9100%Jul 9100%NowNowcoldcoolwarmhotswelteringvery cold
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.

Growing Degree Days in Al Kūt

Growing Degree Days in Al KūtJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F1,000°F1,000°F2,000°F2,000°F3,000°F3,000°F4,000°F4,000°F5,000°F5,000°F6,000°F6,000°F7,000°F7,000°F8,000°F8,000°F9,000°F9,000°FJan 1590°FJan 1590°FMar 25900°FMar 25900°FDec 318,856°FDec 318,856°FNowNow
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 extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from May 14 to August 26, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.3 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 21, with an average of 8.4 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from November 2 to February 8, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 24, with an average of 2.9 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Al Kūt

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Al KūtbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhJun 218.4 kWhJun 218.4 kWhDec 242.9 kWhDec 242.9 kWhMay 147.3 kWhMay 147.3 kWhAug 267.3 kWhAug 267.3 kWhNov 24.0 kWhNov 24.0 kWhFeb 84.0 kWhFeb 84.0 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.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Al Kūt are 32.513 deg latitude, 45.818 deg longitude, and 72 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Al Kūt is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 62 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 65 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (135 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,270 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Al Kūt is covered by artificial surfaces (67%) and cropland (17%), within 10 miles by bare soil (46%) and cropland (39%), and within 50 miles by bare soil (36%) and cropland (32%).

Data Sources

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

At a distance of 6 kilometers from Al Kūt, 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 Al Kūt 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.

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.