Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Bhaktapur Nepal
In Bhaktapur, the wet season is warm, muggy, and partly cloudy and the dry season is comfortable and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 37°F to 83°F and is rarely below 33°F or above 89°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Bhaktapur for warm-weather activities are from early April to early June and from late September to late October.
Climate in Bhaktapur
Average Temperature in Bhaktapur
The warm season lasts for 6.2 months, from April 6 to October 11, with an average daily high temperature above 79°F. The hottest day of the year is June 12, with an average high of 83°F and low of 67°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.0 months, from December 9 to February 11, with an average daily high temperature below 68°F. The coldest day of the year is January 7, with an average low of 37°F and high of 64°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in Bhaktapur
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 Bhaktapur
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In Bhaktapur, 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 Bhaktapur begins around September 20 and lasts for 9.0 months, ending around June 21. On November 5, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 93% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 7% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around June 21 and lasts for 3.0 months, ending around September 20. On August 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 85% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 16% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories in Bhaktapur
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Bhaktapur varies very significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 3.9 months, from May 30 to September 26, with a greater than 32% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 63% on July 17.
The drier season lasts 8.1 months, from September 26 to May 30. The smallest chance of a wet day is 1% on November 20.
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 63% on July 17.
Daily Chance of Precipitation in Bhaktapur
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. Bhaktapur experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.7 months, from April 9 to October 31, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around July 19, with an average total accumulation of 7.2 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.3 months, from October 31 to April 9. The least rain falls around November 21, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in Bhaktapur
The length of the day in Bhaktapur varies over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 23 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 13 hours, 54 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Bhaktapur
The earliest sunrise is at 5:07 AM on June 10, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 48 minutes later at 6:55 AM on January 11. The earliest sunset is at 5:07 PM on December 1, and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 55 minutes later at 7:03 PM on July 2.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Bhaktapur during 2021.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Bhaktapur
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 Bhaktapur
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.
Bhaktapur experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from May 27 to October 5, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 24% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 2, with muggy conditions 96% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 15, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels in Bhaktapur
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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 Bhaktapur experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.1 months, from February 15 to July 19, with average wind speeds of more than 5.0 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 13, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.3 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.9 months, from July 19 to February 15. The calmest day of the year is December 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in Bhaktapur
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Bhaktapur varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 4.0 weeks, from March 25 to April 22, with a peak percentage of 37% on March 26. The wind is most often from the south for 5.7 months, from April 22 to October 12, with a peak percentage of 72% on July 20. The wind is most often from the north for 5.4 months, from October 12 to March 25, with a peak percentage of 50% on January 1.
Wind Direction in Bhaktapur
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Bhaktapur 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 Bhaktapur for general outdoor tourist activities are from early April to early June and from late September to late October, with a peak score in the third week of May.
Tourism Score in Bhaktapur
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 Bhaktapur for hot-weather activities is from mid May to late June, with a peak score in the first week of June.
Beach/Pool Score in Bhaktapur
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.
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).
While it does not do so every year, freezing temperatures are seen in Bhaktapur over some winters. The day least likely to be in the growing season is January 11, with a 65% chance.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Bhaktapur
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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 Bhaktapur should appear around January 25, only rarely appearing before January 19 or after January 31.
Growing Degree Days in Bhaktapur
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 significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 2.6 months, from March 27 to June 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.9 kWh. The brightest day of the year is May 23, with an average of 7.6 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.5 months, from November 12 to January 30, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.9 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 4.2 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Bhaktapur
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Bhaktapur are 27.673 deg latitude, 85.430 deg longitude, and 4,423 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Bhaktapur contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 912 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 4,428 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (6,421 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (23,383 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Bhaktapur is covered by artificial surfaces (55%) and cropland (41%), within 10 miles by cropland (41%) and trees (37%), and within 50 miles by trees (49%) and cropland (29%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Bhaktapur, 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, Tribhuvan International Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Bhaktapur.
At a distance of 7 kilometers from Bhaktapur, 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 Bhaktapur 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.
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.
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.