Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Intibucá Honduras
In Intibucá, the wet season is overcast, the dry season is partly cloudy, and it is comfortable year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 50°F to 78°F and is rarely below 45°F or above 82°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Intibucá for warm-weather activities is from mid February to late April.
Climate in Intibucá
Average Temperature in Intibucá
The warm season lasts for 2.0 months, from March 16 to May 14, with an average daily high temperature above 76°F. The hottest day of the year is April 12, with an average high of 78°F and low of 54°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.4 months, from October 13 to January 25, with an average daily high temperature below 70°F. The coldest day of the year is January 15, with an average low of 50°F and high of 69°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in Intibucá
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 Intibucá
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (8,467 miles away); Asmara, Eritrea (8,292 miles); and Wellington, India (10,396 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Intibucá (view comparison).
In Intibucá, 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 Intibucá begins around November 18 and lasts for 4.9 months, ending around April 15. On January 20, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 77% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 23% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around April 15 and lasts for 7.1 months, ending around November 18. On June 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 93% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 7% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories in Intibucá
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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 Intibucá varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.4 months, from May 14 to October 26, with a greater than 27% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 51% on September 12.
The drier season lasts 6.6 months, from October 26 to May 14. The smallest chance of a wet day is 2% on January 9.
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 51% on September 12.
Daily Chance of Precipitation in Intibucá
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. Intibucá experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.0 months, from April 6 to December 5, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around September 18, with an average total accumulation of 5.4 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from December 5 to April 6. The least rain falls around January 23, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in Intibucá
The length of the day in Intibucá varies over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 11 hours, 17 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 12 hours, 58 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Intibucá
The earliest sunrise is at 5:22 AM on June 2, and the latest sunrise is 58 minutes later at 6:21 AM on January 22. The earliest sunset is at 5:20 PM on November 20, and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 5 minutes later at 6:25 PM on July 9.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Intibucá during 2021.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Intibucá
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 Intibucá
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.
Intibucá experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 6.6 months, from April 24 to November 12, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 4% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is September 28, with muggy conditions 16% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 25, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels in Intibucá
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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 Intibucá experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.0 months, from October 29 to March 30, with average wind speeds of more than 5.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 13, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.1 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.0 months, from March 30 to October 29. The calmest day of the year is September 14, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in Intibucá
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Intibucá varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the east for 4.8 months, from May 10 to October 5, with a peak percentage of 66% on July 17. The wind is most often from the north for 7.2 months, from October 5 to May 10, with a peak percentage of 73% on January 1.
Wind Direction in Intibucá
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Intibucá 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 Intibucá for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid February to late April, with a peak score in the last week of March.
Tourism Score in Intibucá
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 Intibucá for hot-weather activities is from mid March to late April, with a peak score in the last week of March.
Beach/Pool Score in Intibucá
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).
Temperatures in Intibucá 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 in Intibucá
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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.
Growing Degree Days in Intibucá
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 1.8 months, from February 23 to April 16, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.6 kWh. The brightest day of the year is March 23, with an average of 7.0 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.8 months, from September 3 to November 27, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 5.3 kWh. The darkest day of the year is October 1, with an average of 4.9 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Intibucá
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Intibucá are 14.317 deg latitude, -88.167 deg longitude, and 5,551 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Intibucá contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 823 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 5,686 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,987 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (9,206 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Intibucá is covered by grassland (38%), trees (34%), and cropland (23%), within 10 miles by trees (59%) and grassland (28%), and within 50 miles by trees (48%) and cropland (24%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Intibucá, 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 Intibucá.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Intibucá 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 Intibucá is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Intibucá and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Soto Cano Air Base (MHSC, 30%, 60 kilometers, east); Santa Rosa De Copan (MHSR, 38%, 84 kilometers, northwest); Ilopango International Airport (MSSS, 19%, 124 kilometers, southwest); and Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport (MHLM, 13%, 129 kilometers, north).
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.