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Climate and Average Weather Year Round in City of Balikpapan Indonesia

The climate in City of Balikpapan is hot, oppressive, and overcast. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 76°F to 87°F and is rarely below 74°F or above 90°F.

Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit City of Balikpapan for hot-weather activities is from late June to mid October.

Climate in City of Balikpapan

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City of Balikpapan weather by month. Click on each chart for more information.

Average Temperature in City of Balikpapan

The temperature in City of Balikpapan varies so little throughout the year that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss hot and cold seasons.

Average High and Low Temperature in City of Balikpapan

Average High and Low Temperature in City of BalikpapanJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FFeb 486°FFeb 486°FNov 1887°FNov 1887°F76°F76°F76°F76°FOct 286°FOct 286°FJun 2585°FJun 2585°FAug 1485°FAug 1485°F77°F77°F76°F76°F77°F77°F77°F77°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 City of Balikpapan

Average Hourly Temperature in City of BalikpapanJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowwarmhothot
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.

Fortaleza, Brazil (10,718 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to City of Balikpapan (view comparison).

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Clouds

In City of Balikpapan, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in City of Balikpapan begins around April 26 and lasts for 5.5 months, ending around October 10. On August 12, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 27% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 73% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 10 and lasts for 6.5 months, ending around April 26. On January 4, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 91% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 9% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories in City of Balikpapan

Cloud Cover Categories in City of BalikpapanclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Aug 1227%Aug 1227%Jan 49%Jan 49%Apr 2618%Apr 2618%Oct 1018%Oct 1018%NowNowpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercastmostly 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

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in City of Balikpapan varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 7.9 months, from October 30 to June 25, with a greater than 48% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 61% on December 14.

The drier season lasts 4.1 months, from June 25 to October 30. The smallest chance of a wet day is 35% on August 11.

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 61% on December 14.

Daily Chance of Precipitation in City of Balikpapan

Daily Chance of Precipitation in City of BalikpapanwetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Dec 1461%Dec 1461%Aug 1135%Aug 1135%Oct 3048%Oct 3048%Jun 2548%Jun 2548%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. City of Balikpapan experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in City of Balikpapan. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around December 15, with an average total accumulation of 7.9 inches.

The least rain falls around September 29, with an average total accumulation of 4.2 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in City of Balikpapan

Average Monthly Rainfall in City of BalikpapanJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in2 in2 in4 in4 in6 in6 in8 in8 in10 in10 in12 in12 in14 in14 inDec 157.9 inDec 157.9 inSep 294.2 inSep 294.2 inApr 277.1 inApr 277.1 inMar 106.4 inMar 106.4 inNowNow
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 City of Balikpapan does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 11 minutes of 12 hours throughout. In 2021, the shortest day is June 21, with 12 hours, 3 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 12 hours, 12 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in City of Balikpapan

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in City of BalikpapanJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 6 minSep 2312 hr, 6 minSep 2312 hr, 12 minDec 2112 hr, 12 minDec 2112 hr, 7 minMar 2012 hr, 7 minMar 2012 hr, 3 minJun 2112 hr, 3 minJun 21daydaynightNowNow
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 5:51 AM on November 7, and the latest sunrise is 31 minutes later at 6:22 AM on February 15. The earliest sunset is at 6:00 PM on October 31, and the latest sunset is 31 minutes later at 6:31 PM on February 8.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in City of Balikpapan during 2021.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in City of Balikpapan

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in City of BalikpapanJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMNov 75:51 AMNov 75:51 AM6:31 PMFeb 86:31 PMFeb 8Oct 316:00 PMOct 316:00 PM6:22 AMFeb 156:22 AMFeb 15daynightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
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 City of Balikpapan

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 City of Balikpapan, 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 100% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels in City of Balikpapan

Humidity Comfort Levels in City of BalikpapanJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jul 3100%Jul 3100%NowNowmiserablemiserableoppressiveoppressive
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 City of Balikpapan experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 3.7 months, from June 19 to October 9, with average wind speeds of more than 4.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is August 12, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.9 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 8.3 months, from October 9 to June 19. The calmest day of the year is April 22, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.5 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in City of Balikpapan

Average Wind Speed in City of BalikpapanwindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph1 mph1 mph2 mph2 mph3 mph3 mph4 mph4 mph5 mph5 mph6 mph6 mph7 mph7 mph8 mph8 mphAug 125.9 mphAug 125.9 mphApr 223.5 mphApr 223.5 mphJun 194.7 mphJun 194.7 mphOct 94.7 mphOct 94.7 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 City of Balikpapan varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the east for 1.0 months, from March 24 to April 25, with a peak percentage of 43% on April 14. The wind is most often from the south for 7.4 months, from April 25 to December 7, with a peak percentage of 93% on August 12. The wind is most often from the north for 3.5 months, from December 7 to March 24, with a peak percentage of 40% on January 1.

Wind Direction in City of Balikpapan

Wind Direction in City of BalikpapanNESNJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%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).

Water Temperature

City of Balikpapan is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.

The average water temperature does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining within 1°F of 84°F throughout.

Average Water Temperature in City of Balikpapan

Average Water Temperature in City of BalikpapanJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec81°F81°F82°F82°F83°F83°F84°F84°F85°F85°F86°F86°F87°F87°FApr 3085°FApr 3085°F83°FAug 1383°FAug 13Jun 1285°FJun 1285°FJul 1483°FJul 1483°FSep 1483°FSep 1483°FNowNow
The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in City of Balikpapan 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 City of Balikpapan for general outdoor tourist activities are from mid June to mid September and from late December to mid April, with a peak score in the first week of August.

Tourism Score in City of Balikpapan

Tourism Score in City of Balikpapanbest timebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810104.04.03.33.3NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism 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 City of Balikpapan for hot-weather activities is from late June to mid October, with a peak score in the second week of August.

Beach/Pool Score in City of Balikpapan

Beach/Pool Score in City of Balikpapanbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810105.95.94.44.4NowNowprecipitationprecipitationtemperaturetemperature 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).

Temperatures in City of Balikpapan 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 City of Balikpapan

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in City of BalikpapanJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%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 3NowNowwarmhotcomfortable
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.

Growing Degree Days in City of Balikpapan

Growing Degree Days in City of BalikpapanJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F2,000°F2,000°F4,000°F4,000°F6,000°F6,000°F8,000°F8,000°F10,000°F10,000°FJul 490°FJul 490°FAug 291,800°FAug 291,800°FJun 3011,232°FJun 3011,232°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 some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 2.2 months, from August 10 to October 16, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 4.7 kWh. The brightest day of the year is September 9, with an average of 4.9 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 1.5 months, from May 21 to July 5, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.1 kWh. The darkest day of the year is June 11, with an average of 3.9 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in City of Balikpapan

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in City of BalikpapanbrightdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWhSep 94.9 kWhSep 94.9 kWhJun 113.9 kWhJun 113.9 kWhOct 164.7 kWhOct 164.7 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 City of Balikpapan are -1.242 deg latitude, 116.894 deg longitude, and 36 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of City of Balikpapan contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 249 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 94 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (377 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (4,081 feet).

The area within 2 miles of City of Balikpapan is covered by cropland (52%) and artificial surfaces (28%), within 10 miles by water (58%) and trees (17%), and within 50 miles by water (56%) and trees (28%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in City of Balikpapan, 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 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in City of Balikpapan.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and City of Balikpapan 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 City of Balikpapan is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between City of Balikpapan and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport (WALL, 99%, 2.9 kilometers, south) and Samarinda Temindung Airport (WRLS, 0.6%, 89 kilometers, north).

Other Data

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.

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.