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Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Khandūd Afghanistan

In Khandūd, the summers are comfortable, arid, and clear and the winters are freezing, dry, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 5°F to 74°F and is rarely below -6°F or above 80°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Khandūd for warm-weather activities is from early July to mid August.

Climate in Khandūd

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

Average Temperature in Khandūd

The warm season lasts for 3.0 months, from June 14 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 64°F. The hottest day of the year is July 30, with an average high of 74°F and low of 47°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.5 months, from November 28 to March 13, with an average daily high temperature below 35°F. The coldest day of the year is January 25, with an average low of 5°F and high of 26°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in Khandūd

Average High and Low Temperature in KhandūdwarmcoldcoldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec-10°F-10°F0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FJan 2526°FJan 2526°FJul 3074°FJul 3074°F5°F5°F47°F47°FJun 1464°FJun 1464°FSep 1564°FSep 1564°FNov 2835°FNov 2835°FMar 1335°FMar 1335°F42°F42°F40°F40°F18°F18°F14°F14°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 Khandūd

Average Hourly Temperature in KhandūdJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowfrigidfrigidfreezingfreezingvery coldvery coldcoldcoolcomfortablefrigid
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.

Cochrane, Canada (6,340 miles away) and Silverthorne, Colorado, United States (7,152 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Khandūd (view comparison).

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Clouds

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

The clearer part of the year in Khandūd begins around May 21 and lasts for 5.3 months, ending around October 30. On August 23, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 97% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 3% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 30 and lasts for 6.7 months, ending around May 21. On March 3, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 70% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 30% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories in Khandūd

Cloud Cover Categories in KhandūdclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Aug 2397%Aug 2397%Mar 330%Mar 330%May 2163%May 2163%Oct 3064%Oct 3064%NowNowclearovercastpartly cloudymostly clear
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

Khandūd does not experience significant seasonal variation in the frequency of wet days (i.e., those with greater than 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation). The frequency ranges from 1% to 10%, with an average value of 4%.

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 in Khandūd changes throughout the year.

Rain alone is the most common for 7.3 months, from March 27 to November 4. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 8% on April 24.

Snow alone is the most common for 2.8 months, from December 3 to February 27. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 5% on January 23.

Mixed snow and rain is the most common for 1.9 months, from February 27 to March 27 and from November 4 to December 3. The highest chance of a day with mixed snow and rain is 4% on March 24.

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Khandūd

Daily Chance of Precipitation in KhandūdsnowmixedrainmixedsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Apr 1410%Apr 1410%Aug 141%Aug 141%Feb 275%Feb 275%Nov 44%Nov 44%Dec 32%Dec 32%Jan 265%Jan 265%May 235%May 235%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. Khandūd experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Khandūd. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around April 13, with an average total accumulation of 0.5 inches.

The least rain falls around January 7, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in Khandūd

Average Monthly Rainfall in KhandūdJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 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 in1.4 in1.4 inApr 130.5 inApr 130.5 inJan 70.0 inJan 70.0 inOct 270.1 inOct 270.1 inJul 150.1 inJul 150.1 inAug 280.0 inAug 280.0 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 liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Snowfall

We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.

As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Khandūd experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.7 months, from November 13 to April 3, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 31, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.4 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from April 3 to November 13. The least snow falls around July 19, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in Khandūd

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in KhandūdsnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.0 in0.2 in0.2 in0.4 in0.4 in0.6 in0.6 in0.8 in0.8 inJan 310.4 inJan 310.4 inJul 190.0 inJul 190.0 inNov 130.1 inNov 130.1 inApr 30.1 inApr 30.1 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 Khandūd varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 38 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 42 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Khandūd

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in KhandūdJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 8 minMar 2012 hr, 8 minMar 2014 hr, 42 minJun 2114 hr, 42 minJun 2112 hr, 9 minSep 2212 hr, 9 minSep 229 hr, 38 minDec 219 hr, 38 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 4:20 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 34 minutes later at 6:54 AM on January 6. The earliest sunset is at 4:23 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 41 minutes later at 7:04 PM on June 28.

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

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Khandūd

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in KhandūdJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PMJun 134:20 AMJun 134:20 AM7:04 PMJun 287:04 PMJun 28Dec 64:23 PMDec 64:23 PM6:54 AMJan 66:54 AMJan 6daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
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 Khandūd

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 Khandūd, 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 Khandūd

Humidity Comfort Levels in KhandūdJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%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 Khandūd experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 7.1 months, from January 21 to August 25, with average wind speeds of more than 4.5 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 25, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.1 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 4.9 months, from August 25 to January 21. The calmest day of the year is October 29, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.9 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in Khandūd

Average Wind Speed in KhandūdwindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph1 mph1 mph2 mph2 mph3 mph3 mph4 mph4 mph5 mph5 mph6 mph6 mph7 mph7 mph8 mph8 mph9 mph9 mphMar 255.1 mphMar 255.1 mphOct 293.9 mphOct 293.9 mphJan 214.5 mphJan 214.5 mphAug 254.5 mphAug 254.5 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 Khandūd varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the west for 7.1 months, from April 7 to November 10, with a peak percentage of 75% on July 6. The wind is most often from the south for 4.9 months, from November 10 to April 7, with a peak percentage of 64% on January 1.

Wind Direction in Khandūd

Wind Direction in KhandūdSWSJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwestsouthnortheast
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 Khandūd 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 Khandūd for general outdoor tourist activities is from early July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Tourism Score in Khandūd

Tourism Score in Khandūdbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810106.26.20.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism 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 Khandūd for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Beach/Pool Score in Khandūd

Beach/Pool Score in KhandūdJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810102.32.30.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudsclouds 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 Khandūd typically lasts for 5.1 months (158 days), from around May 8 to around October 13, rarely starting before April 19 or after May 30, and rarely ending before September 25 or after October 29.

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

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Khandūdgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%May 850%May 850%Oct 1350%Oct 1350%May 3090%May 3090%Sep 2590%Sep 2590%Apr 1910%Apr 1910%Oct 2910%Oct 2910%0%Feb 130%Feb 13Jul 31100%Jul 31100%NowNowfrigidfreezingvery coldcoldcoolcomfortable
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 Khandūd should appear around June 3, only rarely appearing before May 22 or after June 16.

Growing Degree Days in Khandūd

Growing Degree Days in KhandūdJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F200°F200°F400°F400°F600°F600°F800°F800°F1,000°F1,000°FJun 390°FJun 390°FSep 6900°FSep 6900°FDec 311,023°FDec 311,023°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 3.3 months, from May 21 to August 31, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.8 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 5, with an average of 9.1 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from November 4 to February 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 22, with an average of 2.7 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Khandūd

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in KhandūdbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWh10 kWh10 kWh11 kWh11 kWhJul 59.1 kWhJul 59.1 kWhDec 222.7 kWhDec 222.7 kWhMay 217.8 kWhMay 217.8 kWhAug 317.8 kWhAug 317.8 kWhNov 44.0 kWhNov 44.0 kWhFeb 174.0 kWhFeb 174.0 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 Khandūd are 36.951 deg latitude, 72.318 deg longitude, and 9,213 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Khandūd contains extreme variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 4,452 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 9,865 feet. Within 10 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (20,997 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (24,528 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Khandūd is covered by bare soil (36%), grassland (33%), cropland (11%), and water (10%), within 10 miles by bare soil (46%) and grassland (40%), and within 50 miles by bare soil (44%) and grassland (27%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Khandūd, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Khandūd is further than 200 kilometers from the nearest reliable weather station, so the weather-related data on this page were taken entirely from NASA's MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis . 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.

The temperature and dew point estimates are corrected for the difference between the reference elevation of the MERRA-2 grid cell and the elevation of Khandūd, according to the International Standard Atmosphere .

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.

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.