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Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Mahābād Iran

In Mahābād, the summers are hot, arid, and clear and the winters are very cold, dry, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 24°F to 92°F and is rarely below 13°F or above 98°F.

Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Mahābād for hot-weather activities is from late June to late August.

Climate in Mahābād

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Mahābād weather by month. Click on each chart for more information.

Average Temperature in Mahābād

The hot season lasts for 3.4 months, from June 6 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F. The hottest day of the year is July 24, with an average high of 92°F and low of 66°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.4 months, from November 27 to March 8, with an average daily high temperature below 49°F. The coldest day of the year is January 23, with an average low of 24°F and high of 38°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in Mahābād

Average High and Low Temperature in MahābādhotcoldcoldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FJan 2338°FJan 2338°FJul 2492°FJul 2492°F24°F24°F66°F66°FJun 681°FJun 681°FSep 1981°FSep 1981°FNov 2749°FNov 2749°FMar 849°FMar 849°F55°F55°F54°F54°F32°F32°F31°F31°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 Mahābād

Average Hourly Temperature in MahābādJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowfreezingfreezingvery coldcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmhotvery coldfreezingfreezing
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.

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States (6,903 miles away) and Clover Hill, Maryland, United States (6,058 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Mahābād (view comparison).

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Clouds

In Mahābād, 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 Mahābād begins around May 23 and lasts for 4.6 months, ending around October 10. On July 7, 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 10 and lasts for 7.4 months, ending around May 23. On December 11, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 40% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 60% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories in Mahābād

Cloud Cover Categories in MahābādclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 7100%Jul 7100%Dec 1160%Dec 1160%May 2380%May 2380%Oct 1080%Oct 1080%NowNowclearmostly 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.

Precipitation

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

The wetter season lasts 7.3 months, from October 17 to May 27, with a greater than 10% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 18% on April 20.

The drier season lasts 4.7 months, from May 27 to October 17. The smallest chance of a wet day is 1% on August 7.

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 18% on April 20.

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Mahābād

Daily Chance of Precipitation in MahābādwetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Apr 2018%Apr 2018%Aug 71%Aug 71%Jan 110%Jan 110%Oct 1710%Oct 1710%May 2710%May 2710%NowNowrainsnowmixed
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. Mahābād experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 7.7 months, from October 9 to June 1, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around November 10, with an average total accumulation of 1.2 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from June 1 to October 9. The least rain falls around August 17, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in Mahābād

Average Monthly Rainfall in MahābādrainrainJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 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 inNov 101.2 inNov 101.2 inAug 170.1 inAug 170.1 inApr 151.2 inApr 151.2 inJan 140.4 inJan 140.4 inOct 90.5 inOct 90.5 inJun 10.5 inJun 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.

Snowfall

The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Mahābād does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 0.1 inches of 0.1 inches throughout.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in Mahābād

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in MahābādsnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.0 in0.2 in0.2 in0.4 in0.4 in0.6 in0.6 in0.8 in0.8 in1.0 in1.0 in1.2 in1.2 inJan 150.2 inJan 150.2 inJul 210.0 inJul 210.0 inNov 260.1 inNov 260.1 inFeb 250.1 inFeb 250.1 inNowNow
The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (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 rainfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Mahābād varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 39 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 41 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Mahābād

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in MahābādJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 8 minMar 2012 hr, 8 minMar 2014 hr, 41 minJun 2114 hr, 41 minJun 2112 hr, 9 minSep 2212 hr, 9 minSep 229 hr, 39 minDec 219 hr, 39 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 6:07 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 33 minutes later at 7:40 AM on January 6. The earliest sunset is at 5:10 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 39 minutes later at 8:50 PM on June 29.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Mahābād during 2021, starting in the spring on March 22, lasting 6.0 months, and ending in the fall on September 21.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Mahābād

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in MahābādJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 136:07 AMJun 136:07 AM8:50 PMJun 298:50 PMJun 29Dec 55:10 PMDec 55:10 PM7:40 AMJan 67:40 AMJan 6Mar 22DSTMar 22DSTDSTSep 21DSTSep 21daynightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
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. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

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 Mahābād

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 Mahābād, 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, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels in Mahābād

Humidity Comfort Levels in MahābādJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jul 30%Jul 30%NowNowdrydry
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 Mahābād experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 4.2 months, from January 18 to May 23, with average wind speeds of more than 8.0 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 21, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.0 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 7.8 months, from May 23 to January 18. The calmest day of the year is September 2, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.9 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in Mahābād

Average Wind Speed in MahābādwindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mph16 mph16 mphMar 219.0 mphMar 219.0 mphSep 26.9 mphSep 26.9 mphJan 188.0 mphJan 188.0 mphMay 238.0 mphMay 238.0 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 Mahābād varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the west for 1.6 months, from May 14 to July 3 and for 1.5 months, from August 25 to October 8, with a peak percentage of 40% on May 27. The wind is most often from the east for 1.7 months, from July 3 to August 25, with a peak percentage of 41% on August 1. The wind is most often from the south for 7.2 months, from October 8 to May 14, with a peak percentage of 58% on January 1.

Wind Direction in Mahābād

Wind Direction in MahābādSWEWSJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwestsoutheastnorth
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 Mahābād 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 Mahābād for general outdoor tourist activities are from late May to mid July and from mid August to late September, with a peak score in the second week of September.

Tourism Score in Mahābād

Tourism Score in Mahābādbest timebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810108.78.70.00.08.68.67.47.4NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature tourism 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 Mahābād for hot-weather activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Beach/Pool Score in Mahābād

Beach/Pool Score in Mahābādbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810109.09.00.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudsclouds beach/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).

The growing season in Mahābād typically lasts for 7.3 months (224 days), from around April 1 to around November 11, rarely starting before March 14 or after April 20, and rarely ending before October 22 or after November 29.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Mahābād

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Mahābādgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Apr 150%Apr 150%Nov 1150%Nov 1190%Apr 2090%Apr 2090%Oct 2290%Oct 2210%Mar 1410%Mar 1410%Nov 2910%Nov 290%Jan 290%Jan 29Jul 19100%Jul 19100%NowNowfreezingvery coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhot
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.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Mahābād should appear around April 10, only rarely appearing before March 27 or after April 25.

Growing Degree Days in Mahābād

Growing Degree Days in MahābādJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F500°F500°F1,000°F1,000°F1,500°F1,500°F2,000°F2,000°F2,500°F2,500°F3,000°F3,000°F3,500°F3,500°F4,000°F4,000°FApr 1088°FApr 1088°FJun 16900°FJun 16900°FJul 221,800°FJul 221,800°FDec 313,737°FDec 313,737°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 3.2 months, from May 16 to August 24, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.5 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 19, with an average of 8.7 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from October 30 to February 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.9 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 2.6 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Mahābād

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in MahābādbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWh10 kWh10 kWhJun 198.7 kWhJun 198.7 kWhDec 232.6 kWhDec 232.6 kWhAug 247.5 kWhAug 247.5 kWhOct 303.9 kWhOct 303.9 kWhFeb 143.9 kWhFeb 143.9 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 Mahābād are 36.763 deg latitude, 45.722 deg longitude, and 4,344 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Mahābād contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,217 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 4,568 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (3,691 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (9,961 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Mahābād is covered by shrubs (58%) and sparse vegetation (24%), within 10 miles by shrubs (75%) and cropland (13%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (60%) and cropland (13%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Mahābād, 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 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Mahābād.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Saghez (OITS, 37%, 75 kilometers, southeast); Sahand Airport (OITM, 36%, 76 kilometers, northeast); Orumieh (OITR, 20%, 116 kilometers, northwest); and Kirkuk Air Base (KQTX, 8%, 190 kilometers, southwest).

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.