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Average Weather in Mobile Alabama, United States

In Mobile, the summers are long, hot, and oppressive; the winters are short and cold; and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 42°F to 90°F and is rarely below 28°F or above 95°F.

Climate Summary

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

Temperature

The hot season lasts for 4.2 months, from May 21 to September 28, with an average daily high temperature above 84°F. The hottest day of the year is July 23, with an average high of 90°F and low of 75°F.

The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from December 2 to February 27, with an average daily high temperature below 66°F. The coldest day of the year is January 17, with an average low of 42°F and high of 60°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 MobileJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMcoldcoldcoldcoldcoolcoolwarmhotcomfortablecomfortablevery 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.

El Hamma, Tunisia (5,479 miles away); Büyükçat, Turkey (6,578 miles); and Fuzhou, China (8,128 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Mobile (view comparison).

Clouds

In Mobile, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Mobile begins around August 29 and lasts for 3.7 months, ending around December 20. On October 27, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 67% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 33% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around December 20 and lasts for 8.3 months, ending around August 29. On July 11, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 58% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 42% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in MobileclearercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Oct 2767%Oct 2767%Jul 1142%Jul 1142%Aug 2954%Aug 2954%Dec 2055%Dec 2055%clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercastmostly clear
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 Mobile varies significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 2.8 months, from June 7 to August 31, with a greater than 40% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 60% on July 26.

The drier season lasts 9.2 months, from August 31 to June 7. The smallest chance of a wet day is 20% on October 15.

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 60% on July 26.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in MobilewetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jul 2660%Jul 2660%Oct 1520%Oct 1520%Jan 131%Jan 131%Jun 740%Jun 740%Aug 3140%Aug 3140%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. Mobile experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Mobile. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around July 19, with an average total accumulation of 5.8 inches.

The least rain falls around October 18, with an average total accumulation of 3.3 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 Mobile varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 10 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 8 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 5:48 AM on June 11, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 21 minutes later at 7:09 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:50 PM on December 3, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 9 minutes later at 7:59 PM on June 29.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Mobile during 2017, starting in the spring on March 12, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 5.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in MobileJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 115:48 AMJun 115:48 AM7:59 PMJun 297:59 PMJun 29Dec 34:50 PMDec 34:50 PM7:09 AMNov 47:09 AMNov 4Mar 12DSTMar 12DSTDSTNov 5DSTNov 5daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
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. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

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.

Mobile experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 6.2 months, from April 18 to October 24, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 26% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 23, with muggy conditions 98% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is January 29, with muggy conditions 3% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in MobilemuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jan 293%Jan 293%98%Jul 2398%Jul 23Apr 1826%Apr 1826%Oct 2426%Oct 2426%miserablemiserableoppressiveoppressivedrydryhumidhumidmuggymuggycomfortablecomfortable
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 Mobile experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 7.7 months, from September 25 to May 17, with average wind speeds of more than 6.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 22, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.7 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 4.3 months, from May 17 to September 25. The calmest day of the year is August 9, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.0 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in MobilewindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mph9 mph10 mph11 mph12 mphJan 227.7 mphJan 227.7 mphAug 95.0 mphAug 95.0 mphSep 256.4 mphSep 256.4 mphMay 176.4 mphMay 176.4 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 Mobile varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 4.9 months, from February 27 to July 23 and for 2.6 weeks, from August 9 to August 27, with a peak percentage of 50% on May 21. The wind is most often from the east for 2.0 months, from August 27 to October 27, with a peak percentage of 38% on September 24. The wind is most often from the north for 4.0 months, from October 27 to February 27, with a peak percentage of 41% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in MobileNSWSENJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westsoutheastnorth
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).

Water Temperature

Mobile 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 experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.9 months, from June 7 to October 3, with an average temperature above 80°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 14, with an average temperature of 84°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.7 months, from December 11 to April 1, with an average temperature below 66°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 4, with an average temperature of 62°F.

Average Water Temperature

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 Mobile 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 Mobile for general outdoor tourist activities are from early April to late May and from late September to late October, with a peak score in the last week of April.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Mobilebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.66.62.62.66.46.43.93.9 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 Mobile for hot-weather activities are from mid May to early July and from mid August to late September, with a peak score in the first week of June.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Mobilebest timebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.16.10.40.46.06.05.15.1 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 Mobile typically lasts for 9.5 months (287 days), from around February 22 to around December 6, rarely starting before January 30 or after March 19, and rarely ending before November 14 or after December 28.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Mobilegrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Feb 2250%Feb 2250%Dec 650%Dec 690%Mar 1990%Mar 1990%Nov 1490%Nov 1410%Jan 3010%Jan 3010%Dec 2810%Dec 282%Jan 132%Jan 13Jul 15100%Jul 15100%coldcoolcomfortablewarmhotvery cold
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 Mobile should appear around January 20, only rarely appearing before January 12 or after February 4.

Growing Degree Days

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 significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 2.8 months, from April 2 to June 25, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.9 kWh. The brightest day of the year is May 19, with an average of 6.6 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.5 months, from November 16 to February 1, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.7 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 20, with an average of 3.0 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in MobilebrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhMay 196.6 kWhMay 196.6 kWhDec 203.0 kWhDec 203.0 kWhApr 25.9 kWhApr 25.9 kWhJun 255.9 kWhJun 255.9 kWhFeb 13.7 kWhFeb 13.7 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 Mobile are 30.694 deg latitude, -88.043 deg longitude, and 3 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Mobile is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 33 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 8 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (223 feet). Within 50 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (364 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Mobile is covered by artificial surfaces (80%), within 10 miles by water (29%) and artificial surfaces (27%), and within 50 miles by trees (40%) and water (24%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Mobile, 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 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Mobile.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Mobile Downtown Airport (79%, 8 kilometers, south); Mobile Regional Airport (19%, 19 kilometers, west); and Middleton Field (1.3%, 125 kilometers, northeast).

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.