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Average Weather in Hŭkkyo-ri North Korea

In Hŭkkyo-ri, the summers are long, warm, humid, wet, and partly cloudy and the winters are short, freezing, dry, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 14°F to 86°F and is rarely below 3°F or above 92°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Hŭkkyo-ri for warm-weather activities are from late May to mid July and from mid August to late September.

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The hot season lasts for 4.3 months, from May 14 to September 24, with an average daily high temperature above 74°F. The hottest day of the year is August 4, with an average high of 86°F and low of 72°F.

The cold season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 30 to February 25, with an average daily high temperature below 40°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of 14°F and high of 29°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

Average High and Low Temperature in Hŭkkyo-rihotcoldcoldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FJan 1829°FJan 1829°FAug 486°FAug 486°F14°F14°F72°F72°FMay 1474°FMay 1474°FSep 2474°FSep 2474°FNov 3040°FNov 3040°FFeb 2540°FFeb 2540°F54°F54°F56°F56°F27°F27°F25°F25°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

Average Hourly Temperature in Hŭkkyo-riJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowfreezingfreezingcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmvery coldvery cold
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.

Norwalk, Iowa, United States (6,367 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Hŭkkyo-ri (view comparison).

Clouds

In Hŭkkyo-ri, 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 Hŭkkyo-ri begins around September 4 and lasts for 6.1 months, ending around March 8. On October 19, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 71% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 29% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around March 8 and lasts for 5.9 months, ending around September 4. On July 24, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 51% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 49% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in Hŭkkyo-riclearerclearercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Oct 1971%Oct 1971%Jul 2449%Jul 2449%Sep 459%Sep 459%Mar 860%Mar 860%NowNowclearmostly cloudyovercastpartly cloudymostly 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 Hŭkkyo-ri varies significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 2.8 months, from June 17 to September 10, with a greater than 27% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 52% on July 26.

The drier season lasts 9.2 months, from September 10 to June 17. The smallest chance of a wet day is 3% on January 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 Hŭkkyo-ri changes throughout the year.

Rain alone is the most common for 11 months, from January 26 to December 23. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 52% on July 26.

Snow alone is the most common for 1.1 months, from December 23 to January 26. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 4% on December 29.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Hŭkkyo-risnowrainJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jul 2652%Jul 2652%Jan 273%Jan 273%Dec 238%Dec 238%Jun 1727%Jun 1727%Sep 1027%Sep 1027%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. Hŭkkyo-ri experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 9.7 months, from February 17 to December 8, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around July 25, with an average total accumulation of 10.0 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.3 months, from December 8 to February 17. The least rain falls around January 18, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

Average Monthly Rainfall in Hŭkkyo-rirainJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in5 in5 in10 in10 in15 in15 inJul 2510.0 inJul 2510.0 inJan 180.1 inJan 180.1 inDec 80.5 inDec 80.5 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.

Snowfall

The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Hŭkkyo-ri does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 0.1 inches of 0.1 inches throughout.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in Hŭkkyo-riJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in2 in2 in4 in4 in6 in6 in8 in8 in10 in10 inJan 10.1 inJan 10.1 inJul 100.0 inJul 100.0 inDec 140.1 inDec 140.1 inNowNow
The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (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 rainfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Hŭkkyo-ri varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 22, with 9 hours, 27 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 53 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Hŭkkyo-riJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 8 minMar 2012 hr, 8 minMar 2014 hr, 53 minJun 2114 hr, 53 minJun 2112 hr, 10 minSep 2312 hr, 10 minSep 239 hr, 27 minDec 229 hr, 27 minDec 22nightnightdayNowNow
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 5:11 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 44 minutes later at 7:55 AM on January 5. The earliest sunset is at 5:14 PM on December 7, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 51 minutes later at 8:05 PM on June 28.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Hŭkkyo-ri during 2021.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Hŭkkyo-riJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 145:11 AMJun 145:11 AM8:05 PMJun 288:05 PMJun 28Dec 75:14 PMDec 75:14 PM7:55 AMJan 57:55 AMJan 5daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
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

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.

Hŭkkyo-ri experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 2.8 months, from June 18 to September 13, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 23% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 2, with muggy conditions 91% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is December 6, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in Hŭkkyo-rimuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Dec 60%Dec 60%91%Aug 291%Aug 2Jun 1823%Jun 1823%Sep 1323%Sep 1323%NowNowoppressiveoppressivedrydrymuggymuggycomfortablecomfortable
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 Hŭkkyo-ri experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 7.0 months, from October 25 to May 26, with average wind speeds of more than 8.0 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 20, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.5 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 5.0 months, from May 26 to October 25. The calmest day of the year is September 14, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.5 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in Hŭkkyo-riwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mph16 mph16 mphApr 209.5 mphApr 209.5 mphSep 146.5 mphSep 146.5 mphOct 258.0 mphOct 258.0 mphMay 268.0 mphMay 268.0 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 Hŭkkyo-ri varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the west for 3.4 months, from March 14 to June 27, with a peak percentage of 36% on April 9. The wind is most often from the south for 1.5 months, from June 27 to August 10, with a peak percentage of 40% on July 22. The wind is most often from the north for 5.8 months, from September 20 to March 14, with a peak percentage of 53% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in Hŭkkyo-riNWSENJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwestsoutheastnorth
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

Hŭkkyo-ri 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 3.5 months, from June 28 to October 13, with an average temperature above 66°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 19, with an average temperature of 74°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.3 months, from January 1 to April 10, with an average temperature below 43°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 20, with an average temperature of 35°F.

Average Water Temperature

Average Water Temperature in Hŭkkyo-riwarmcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°FAug 1974°FAug 1974°F35°FFeb 2035°FFeb 20Jun 2866°FJun 2866°FOct 1366°FOct 1366°FJan 143°FJan 143°FApr 1043°FApr 1043°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 Hŭkkyo-ri 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 Hŭkkyo-ri for general outdoor tourist activities are from late May to mid July and from mid August to late September, with a peak score in the third week of June.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Hŭkkyo-ribest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810106.96.90.00.06.86.85.85.8NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism 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 Hŭkkyo-ri for hot-weather activities is from early July to late August, with a peak score in the first week of August.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Hŭkkyo-ribest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810105.85.80.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/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 Hŭkkyo-ri typically lasts for 6.9 months (212 days), from around April 2 to around October 31, rarely starting before March 18 or after April 17, and rarely ending before October 14 or after November 17.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Hŭkkyo-rigrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Apr 250%Apr 250%Oct 3150%Oct 3190%Apr 1790%Apr 1790%Oct 1490%Oct 1410%Mar 1810%Mar 1810%Nov 1710%Nov 170%Dec 160%Dec 16Jul 16100%Jul 16100%NowNowfrigidfreezingcomfortablewarmhotvery coldcoolcold
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.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Hŭkkyo-ri should appear around April 15, only rarely appearing before April 7 or after April 25.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in Hŭkkyo-riJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F500°F500°F1,000°F1,000°F1,500°F1,500°F2,000°F2,000°F2,500°F2,500°F3,000°F3,000°F3,500°F3,500°F4,000°F4,000°FApr 1589°FApr 1589°FJun 14900°FJun 14900°FJul 201,800°FJul 201,800°FDec 313,690°FDec 313,690°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 significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from April 19 to July 23, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.7 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 1, with an average of 6.6 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.9 months, from November 4 to February 1, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.1 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 19, with an average of 2.2 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Hŭkkyo-ribrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhJun 16.6 kWhJun 16.6 kWhDec 192.2 kWhDec 192.2 kWhApr 195.7 kWhApr 195.7 kWhJul 235.7 kWhJul 235.7 kWhNov 43.1 kWhNov 43.1 kWhFeb 13.1 kWhFeb 13.1 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 Hŭkkyo-ri are 38.799 deg latitude, 125.792 deg longitude, and 59 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Hŭkkyo-ri contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 417 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 117 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,247 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,449 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Hŭkkyo-ri is covered by sparse vegetation (41%) and cropland (39%), within 10 miles by cropland (41%) and sparse vegetation (33%), and within 50 miles by cropland (30%) and sparse vegetation (21%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Hŭkkyo-ri, 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 Hŭkkyo-ri.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Pyongyang Sunan International Airport (59%, 49 kilometers, north); Yeonpyeungdo (15%, 123 kilometers, south); Pyoripsan (14%, 124 kilometers, southeast); and Paengnyongdo Ab (12%, 138 kilometers, southwest).

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.