Average Weather in Zabaykal’sk Russia
In Zabaykal’sk, the summers are comfortable; the winters are frigid, dry, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from -18°F to 80°F and is rarely below -30°F or above 90°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Zabaykal’sk for warm-weather activities is from late June to mid August.
The warm season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 18 to September 13, with an average daily high temperature above 64°F. The hottest day of the year is July 20, with an average high of 80°F and low of 59°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 23 to February 26, with an average daily high temperature below 16°F. The coldest day of the year is January 17, with an average low of -18°F and high of -0°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
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 Zabaykal’sk, 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 Zabaykal’sk begins around July 18 and lasts for 4.0 months, ending around November 20. On September 9, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 61% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 39% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 20 and lasts for 8.0 months, ending around July 18. On December 22, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 52% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 48% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Zabaykal’sk varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 3.4 months, from May 29 to September 10, with a greater than 16% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 32% on July 13.
The drier season lasts 8.6 months, from September 10 to May 29. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on December 27.
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 in Zabaykal’sk changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 6.8 months, from April 3 to October 28. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 32% on July 13.
Snow alone is the most common for 5.2 months, from October 28 to April 3. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 2% on November 18.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
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. Zabaykal’sk experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 4.7 months, from May 11 to October 1, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around July 20, with an average total accumulation of 2.4 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from October 1 to May 11. The least rain falls around December 9, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Zabaykal’sk varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 22, with 8 hours, 8 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 16 hours, 19 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:02 AM on June 17, and the latest sunrise is 4 hours, 5 minutes later at 9:07 AM on December 31. The earliest sunset is at 5:10 PM on December 12, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 12 minutes later at 9:22 PM on June 26.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Zabaykal’sk during 2018.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
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 Zabaykal’sk, 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, staying within 1% of 1% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
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 Zabaykal’sk experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from February 27 to June 4, with average wind speeds of more than 10.5 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 17, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.9 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 8.8 months, from June 4 to February 27. The calmest day of the year is July 22, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.2 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Zabaykal’sk varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 3.0 months, from March 29 to June 29, with a peak percentage of 39% on April 9. The wind is most often from the south for 3.7 weeks, from June 29 to July 25, with a peak percentage of 27% on July 12. The wind is most often from the west for 8.1 months, from July 25 to March 29, with a peak percentage of 49% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Zabaykal’sk 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 Zabaykal’sk for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.
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 Zabaykal’sk for hot-weather activities is from early July to early August, with a peak score in the last week of July.
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).
The growing season in Zabaykal’sk typically lasts for 4.2 months (129 days), from around May 14 to around September 19, rarely starting before April 28 or after May 29, and rarely ending before September 5 or after October 4.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and 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 Zabaykal’sk should appear around May 16, only rarely appearing before May 10 or after May 24.
Growing Degree Days
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 extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.7 months, from April 25 to August 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.7 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 13, with an average of 6.8 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from October 31 to February 8, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.3 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 22, with an average of 1.2 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Zabaykal’sk are 49.651 deg latitude, 117.326 deg longitude, and 2,297 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Zabaykal’sk contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 384 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,290 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,181 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,238 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Zabaykal’sk is covered by cropland (50%) and grassland (43%), within 10 miles by grassland (59%) and cropland (35%), and within 50 miles by grassland (65%) and cropland (18%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Zabaykal’sk, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Zabaykal’sk is further than 200 kilometers from the nearest reliable weather station, so the weather-related data on this page were taken entirely from NASA's MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis . 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.
The temperature and dew point estimates are corrected for the difference between the reference elevation of the MERRA-2 grid cell and the elevation of Zabaykal’sk, according to the International Standard Atmosphere .
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.
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.