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Average Weather in Kitakyushu Japan

In Kitakyushu, the summers are short, warm, oppressive, and mostly cloudy; the winters are very cold, windy, and partly cloudy; and it is wet year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 38°F to 86°F and is rarely below 32°F or above 90°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Kitakyushu for warm-weather activities is from mid September to late October.

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The hot season lasts for 2.9 months, from June 25 to September 20, with an average daily high temperature above 78°F. The hottest day of the year is August 6, with an average high of 86°F and low of 78°F.

The cool season lasts for 3.4 months, from December 5 to March 18, with an average daily high temperature below 54°F. The coldest day of the year is January 26, with an average low of 38°F and high of 47°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

Average High and Low Temperature in KitakyushuhotcoolcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FJan 2647°FJan 2647°FAug 686°FAug 686°F38°F38°F78°F78°FJun 2578°FJun 2578°FSep 2078°FSep 2078°FDec 554°FDec 554°FMar 1854°FMar 1854°F70°F70°F69°F69°F45°F45°F44°F44°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 KitakyushuJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmcomfortablevery 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.

Southern Shores, North Carolina, United States (7,314 miles away) and Rūdsar, Iran (4,398 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Kitakyushu (view comparison).

Clouds

In Kitakyushu, 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 Kitakyushu begins around September 10 and lasts for 6.5 months, ending around March 24. On December 15, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 73% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 27% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around March 24 and lasts for 5.5 months, ending around September 10. On July 2, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 72% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 28% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in KitakyushuclearerclearercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Dec 1573%Dec 1573%Jul 228%Jul 228%Sep 1050%Sep 1050%Mar 2451%Mar 2451%NowNowclearmostly clearovercastpartly cloudymostly cloudy
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 Kitakyushu varies significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 3.0 months, from June 9 to September 8, with a greater than 38% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 56% on July 2.

The drier season lasts 9.0 months, from September 8 to June 9. The smallest chance of a wet day is 20% on January 23.

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 56% on July 2.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in KitakyushuwetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jul 256%Jul 256%Jan 2320%Jan 2320%Jan 121%Jan 121%Jun 938%Jun 938%Sep 838%Sep 838%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. Kitakyushu experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Kitakyushu. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 30, with an average total accumulation of 13.0 inches.

The least rain falls around December 30, with an average total accumulation of 1.8 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

Average Monthly Rainfall in KitakyushuJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in5 in5 in10 in10 in15 in15 in20 in20 inJun 3013.0 inJun 3013.0 inDec 301.8 inDec 301.8 inSep 26.8 inSep 26.8 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 Kitakyushu varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 22, with 9 hours, 54 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 25 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in KitakyushuJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 7 minMar 2012 hr, 7 minMar 2014 hr, 25 minJun 2114 hr, 25 minJun 2112 hr, 9 minSep 2312 hr, 9 minSep 239 hr, 54 minDec 229 hr, 54 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 5:05 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 17 minutes later at 7:22 AM on January 8. The earliest sunset is at 5:07 PM on December 4, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 24 minutes later at 7:31 PM on June 29.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Kitakyushu during 2021.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in KitakyushuJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 125:05 AMJun 125:05 AM7:31 PMJun 297:31 PMJun 29Dec 45:07 PMDec 45:07 PM7:22 AMJan 87:22 AMJan 8daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
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.

Kitakyushu experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from June 3 to October 4, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 25% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 4, with muggy conditions 99% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is January 31, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in KitakyushumuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jan 310%Jan 310%99%Aug 499%Aug 4Jun 325%Jun 325%Oct 425%Oct 425%NowNowmiserablemiserableoppressiveoppressivedrydryhumidhumid
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 Kitakyushu experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 5.0 months, from November 10 to April 9, with average wind speeds of more than 9.3 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 13, with an average hourly wind speed of 11.5 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 7.0 months, from April 9 to November 10. The calmest day of the year is June 3, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.1 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in KitakyushuwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mph16 mph16 mph18 mph18 mphJan 1311.5 mphJan 1311.5 mphJun 37.1 mphJun 37.1 mphNov 109.3 mphNov 109.3 mphApr 99.3 mphApr 99.3 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 Kitakyushu varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the north for 1.8 months, from February 10 to April 5 and for 2.9 months, from August 22 to November 20, with a peak percentage of 46% on October 7. The wind is most often from the west for 1.8 months, from April 5 to May 29; for 1.6 months, from June 16 to August 5; and for 2.6 months, from November 20 to February 10, with a peak percentage of 36% on July 10. The wind is most often from the east for 2.6 weeks, from May 29 to June 16 and for 2.4 weeks, from August 5 to August 22, with a peak percentage of 29% on June 9.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in KitakyushuWNWEWENWJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwestnortheastsouth
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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

Kitakyushu 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 2.5 months, from July 13 to September 29, with an average temperature above 76°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 17, with an average temperature of 81°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.0 months, from December 28 to April 30, with an average temperature below 61°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 26, with an average temperature of 56°F.

Average Water Temperature

Average Water Temperature in KitakyushuwarmcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec50°F50°F55°F55°F60°F60°F65°F65°F70°F70°F75°F75°F80°F80°F85°F85°FAug 1781°FAug 1781°F56°FFeb 2656°FFeb 26Jul 1376°FJul 1376°FSep 2976°FSep 2976°FDec 2861°FDec 2861°FApr 3061°FApr 3061°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 Kitakyushu 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 Kitakyushu for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid September to late October, with a peak score in the first week of October.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Kitakyushubest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810107.17.10.20.26.26.24.64.6NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism 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 Kitakyushu for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid September, with a peak score in the second week of August.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Kitakyushubest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810106.46.40.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature 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).

The growing season in Kitakyushu typically lasts for 11 months (322 days), from around February 13 to around January 2, rarely starting after March 12, or ending before December 18.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Kitakyushugrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Feb 1350%Feb 1350%Jan 250%Jan 290%Mar 1290%Mar 1290%Dec 1890%Dec 1818%Jan 1618%Jan 16Aug 4100%Aug 4100%NowNowvery coldcoldcoolwarmhotcomfortable
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 Kitakyushu should appear around March 29, only rarely appearing before March 17 or after April 10.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in KitakyushuJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F1,000°F1,000°F2,000°F2,000°F3,000°F3,000°F4,000°F4,000°F5,000°F5,000°FMar 2977°FMar 2977°FJun 8900°FJun 8900°FJul 151,800°FJul 151,800°FDec 314,702°FDec 314,702°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 4.3 months, from April 14 to August 24, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.5 kWh. The brightest day of the year is May 23, with an average of 6.2 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.9 months, from November 11 to February 7, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.3 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 25, with an average of 2.5 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in KitakyushubrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhMay 236.2 kWhMay 236.2 kWhDec 252.5 kWhDec 252.5 kWhApr 145.5 kWhApr 145.5 kWhAug 245.5 kWhAug 245.5 kWhFeb 73.3 kWhFeb 73.3 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 Kitakyushu are 33.852 deg latitude, 130.850 deg longitude, and 187 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Kitakyushu contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 876 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 213 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,969 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (4,619 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Kitakyushu is covered by trees (49%) and cropland (40%), within 10 miles by trees (36%) and water (30%), and within 50 miles by water (58%) and trees (29%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Kitakyushu, 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 Kitakyushu.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Kitakyushu Airport (71%, 9 kilometers, east) and Ashiya Ab (29%, 19 kilometers, west).

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.