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Average Weather in Lhuentse Bhutan

In Lhuentse, the wet season is comfortable and mostly cloudy and the dry season is cool and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 37°F to 78°F and is rarely below 32°F or above 82°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Lhuentse for warm-weather activities are from mid May to mid June and from mid September to late October.

Temperature

The warm season lasts for 4.0 months, from June 1 to October 2, with an average daily high temperature above 74°F. The hottest day of the year is August 7, with an average high of 78°F and low of 64°F.

The cool season lasts for 2.7 months, from December 12 to March 2, with an average daily high temperature below 61°F. The coldest day of the year is January 21, with an average low of 37°F and high of 57°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 LhuentseJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoldcoldcoolcomfortablecomfortablewarmvery coldvery cold
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.

Dolores, Argentina (10,538 miles away) and Palamós, Spain (4,883 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Lhuentse (view comparison).

Clouds

In Lhuentse, 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 Lhuentse begins around September 30 and lasts for 8.1 months, ending around June 2. On December 4, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 90% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 10% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around June 2 and lasts for 3.9 months, ending around September 30. On August 9, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 86% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 14% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in LhuentseclearerclearercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Dec 490%Dec 490%Aug 914%Aug 914%Sep 3051%Sep 3051%Jun 253%Jun 253%clearmostly clearovercastpartly cloudymostly cloudy
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 Lhuentse varies very significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 5.0 months, from April 18 to September 18, with a greater than 34% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 68% on July 18.

The drier season lasts 7.0 months, from September 18 to April 18. The smallest chance of a wet day is 1% on December 1.

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 68% on July 18.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in LhuentsewetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jul 1868%Jul 1868%Dec 11%Dec 11%Apr 1834%Apr 1834%Sep 1834%Sep 1834%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. Lhuentse experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 7.6 months, from March 13 to November 2, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around July 18, with an average total accumulation of 6.1 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.4 months, from November 2 to March 13. The least rain falls around January 1, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 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 Lhuentse varies over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 22, 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

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 4:58 AM on June 10, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 48 minutes later at 6:47 AM on January 12. The earliest sunset is at 4:59 PM on December 1, and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 55 minutes later at 6:55 PM on July 2.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Lhuentse during 2018.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in LhuentseJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 104:58 AMJun 104:58 AM6:55 PMJul 26:55 PMJul 2Dec 14:59 PMDec 14:59 PM6:47 AMJan 126:47 AMJan 12daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2018. 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.

The perceived humidity level in Lhuentse, 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

Humidity Comfort Levels in LhuentseJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Dec 300%Dec 300%Jul 180%Jul 180%comfortablecomfortabledrydryhumidhumid
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 Lhuentse experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 6.2 months, from February 28 to September 4, with average wind speeds of more than 4.5 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is June 3, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.3 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 5.9 months, from September 4 to February 28. The calmest day of the year is December 7, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.6 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in LhuentsewindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mph9 mph10 mphJun 35.3 mphJun 35.3 mphDec 73.6 mphDec 73.6 mphFeb 284.5 mphFeb 284.5 mphSep 44.5 mphSep 44.5 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 Lhuentse varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 11 months, from January 2 to December 10, with a peak percentage of 83% on July 4. The wind is most often from the north for 3.3 weeks, from December 10 to January 2, with a peak percentage of 41% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in LhuentseSNJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%southnortheast
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).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Lhuentse 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 Lhuentse for general outdoor tourist activities are from mid May to mid June and from mid September to late October, with a peak score in the first week of October.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in LhuentseJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.36.30.90.96.26.24.34.3precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism 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 Lhuentse for hot-weather activities is from mid June to late August, with a peak score in the first week of July.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Lhuentsebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468102.32.30.00.0 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).

The growing season in Lhuentse typically lasts for 11 months (334 days), from around February 1 to around January 1, rarely starting after February 28, or ending before December 17.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Lhuentsegrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Feb 150%Feb 150%Jan 150%Jan 190%Feb 2890%Feb 2890%Dec 1790%Dec 1727%Jan 1627%Jan 16Jul 23100%Jul 23100%very coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarm
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.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Lhuentse should appear around February 17, only rarely appearing before February 4 or after March 11.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in LhuentseJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F500°F1,000°F1,500°F2,000°F2,500°F3,000°F3,500°F4,000°FFeb 1789°FFeb 1789°FJun 2900°FJun 2900°FJul 191,800°FJul 191,800°FDec 313,809°FDec 313,809°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 3.0 months, from March 12 to June 11, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is April 15, with an average of 7.0 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.4 months, from November 10 to January 24, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.9 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 19, with an average of 4.4 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in LhuentsebrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhApr 157.0 kWhApr 157.0 kWhDec 194.4 kWhDec 194.4 kWhJun 116.4 kWhJun 116.4 kWhNov 104.9 kWhNov 104.9 kWhJan 244.9 kWhJan 244.9 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 Lhuentse are 27.668 deg latitude, 91.184 deg longitude, and 6,220 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Lhuentse contains extreme variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 4,537 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 5,760 feet. Within 10 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (10,873 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (21,890 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Lhuentse is covered by trees (75%) and cropland (19%), within 10 miles by trees (79%) and cropland (15%), and within 50 miles by trees (55%) and grassland (16%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Lhuentse, 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, Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Lhuentse.

At a distance of 178 kilometers from Lhuentse, further than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed insufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records. Consequently, the station records are blended with interpolated values from NASA's MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis , and both are corrected for elevation differences according to the International Standard Atmosphere .

The weight assigned to the MERRA-2 value depends on the distance from Lhuentse to the nearest station, increasing from 0% at 150 kilometers to 100% at 200 kilometers. In this case, the MERRA-2 weight is 36%, making the weight assigned to the weather station 64%.

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.