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Average Weather in Pakse Laos

In Pakse, the wet season is oppressive and overcast, the dry season is muggy and partly cloudy, and it is hot year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 66°F to 95°F and is rarely below 60°F or above 100°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Pakse for warm-weather activities is from late November to early February.

Temperature

The hot season lasts for 2.0 months, from March 4 to May 4, with an average daily high temperature above 93°F. The hottest day of the year is March 27, with an average high of 95°F and low of 78°F.

The cool season lasts for 6.9 months, from June 17 to January 14, with an average daily high temperature below 88°F. The coldest day of the year is January 1, with an average low of 66°F and high of 87°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

Average High and Low Temperature in PaksehotcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F10°F20°F30°F40°F50°F60°F70°F80°F90°F100°F110°FJan 187°FJan 187°FMar 2795°FMar 2795°F66°F66°F78°F78°FMay 493°FMay 493°FJun 1788°FJun 1788°F74°F74°F79°F79°F78°F78°FLowHigh
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 PakseJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMwarmhotwarmcomfortablecomfortablecomfortable
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.

Managua, Nicaragua (10,393 miles away) and Nkove, Tanzania (5,378 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Pakse (view comparison).

Clouds

In Pakse, 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 Pakse begins around October 31 and lasts for 5.1 months, ending around April 4. On February 9, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 59% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 41% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around April 4 and lasts for 6.9 months, ending around October 31. On June 10, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 95% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 5% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in PakseclearerclearercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Feb 959%Feb 959%Jun 105%Jun 105%Oct 3131%Oct 3131%Apr 432%Apr 432%clearmostly cloudyovercastmostly clearpartly 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 Pakse varies very significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 5.5 months, from May 2 to October 18, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 59% on September 8.

The drier season lasts 6.5 months, from October 18 to May 2. The smallest chance of a wet day is 2% on January 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 59% on September 8.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in PaksewetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Sep 859%Sep 859%Jan 12%Jan 12%Jan 12%Jan 12%May 230%May 230%Oct 1830%Oct 1830%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. Pakse experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.7 months, from March 8 to November 30, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around August 26, with an average total accumulation of 8.9 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from November 30 to March 8. The least rain falls around January 14, 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 Pakse varies over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 11 hours, 14 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 13 hours, 2 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 5:25 AM on June 3, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 1 minute later at 6:26 AM on January 23. The earliest sunset is at 5:23 PM on November 21, and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 7 minutes later at 6:31 PM on July 8.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Pakse during 2017.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in PakseJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 35:25 AMJun 35:25 AM6:31 PMJul 86:31 PMJul 8Nov 215:23 PMNov 215:23 PM6:26 AMJan 236:26 AMJan 23daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2017. 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.

Pakse experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 9.9 months, from February 13 to December 10, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 43% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 20, with muggy conditions 100% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is January 3, with muggy conditions 24% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in PaksemuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jan 324%Jan 324%100%Jul 20100%Jul 20Feb 1343%Feb 1343%Dec 1043%Dec 1043%oppressiveoppressivedrydrymuggymuggymiserablemiserablecomfortablecomfortablehumidhumid
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 Pakse experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 4.1 months, from November 1 to March 6, with average wind speeds of more than 4.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is December 13, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.0 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 7.9 months, from March 6 to November 1. The calmest day of the year is September 24, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.7 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in PaksewindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mph9 mph10 mphDec 136.0 mphDec 136.0 mphSep 243.7 mphSep 243.7 mphNov 14.8 mphNov 14.8 mphMar 64.8 mphMar 64.8 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 Pakse varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 5.1 months, from February 23 to July 27, with a peak percentage of 53% on May 22. The wind is most often from the west for 1.8 months, from July 27 to September 20, with a peak percentage of 52% on August 13. The wind is most often from the north for 5.1 months, from September 20 to February 23, with a peak percentage of 60% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in PakseNSWNJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%northwestsoutheast
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 Pakse 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 Pakse for general outdoor tourist activities is from late November to early February, with a peak score in the first week of January.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in PakseJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.96.92.52.56.96.9 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism 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 Pakse for hot-weather activities are from early November to mid December and from mid December to mid March, with a peak score in the second week of February.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Paksebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.76.73.73.76.26.2 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).

Temperatures in Pakse 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

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in PakseJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%100%Jan 1100%Jan 1100%Jul 3100%Jul 3hotwarmswelteringcomfortablecool
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.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in PakseJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F2,000°F4,000°F6,000°F8,000°F10,000°FJan 490°FJan 490°FMar 61,800°FMar 61,800°FDec 3110,994°FDec 3110,994°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 2.8 months, from January 21 to April 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.6 kWh. The brightest day of the year is March 5, with an average of 5.9 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from June 2 to September 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is August 25, with an average of 4.0 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in PaksebrightdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWhMar 55.9 kWhMar 55.9 kWhAug 254.0 kWhAug 254.0 kWhJan 215.6 kWhJan 215.6 kWhApr 145.6 kWhApr 145.6 kWhJun 24.4 kWhJun 24.4 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 Pakse are 15.120 deg latitude, 105.799 deg longitude, and 338 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Pakse contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 472 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 327 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (3,907 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (5,338 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Pakse is covered by cropland (57%), water (26%), and artificial surfaces (13%), within 10 miles by trees (49%) and cropland (44%), and within 50 miles by trees (60%) and cropland (35%).

Data Sources

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

At a distance of 3 kilometers from Pakse, 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 Pakse 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 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.