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Average Weather in Kwikila Papua New Guinea

In Kwikila, the wet season is hot and overcast; the dry season is warm, windy, and mostly cloudy; and it is oppressive year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 73°F to 88°F and is rarely below 70°F or above 92°F.

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

Climate Summary

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Temperature

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

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 KwikilaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMcomfortablewarmhothot
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.

Salvador, Brazil (10,818 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Kwikila (view comparison).

Clouds

In Kwikila, 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 Kwikila begins around May 11 and lasts for 5.7 months, ending around November 2. On August 18, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 38% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 62% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around November 2 and lasts for 6.3 months, ending around May 11. On January 9, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 90% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 10% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in KwikilaclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Aug 1838%Aug 1838%Jan 910%Jan 910%May 1123%May 1123%Nov 224%Nov 224%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
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 Kwikila varies significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 4.3 months, from December 16 to April 26, with a greater than 24% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 41% on March 8.

The drier season lasts 7.7 months, from April 26 to December 16. The smallest chance of a wet day is 7% on July 16.

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 41% on March 8.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in KwikilawetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Mar 841%Mar 841%Jul 167%Jul 167%Jan 129%Jan 129%Apr 2624%Apr 2624%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. Kwikila experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Kwikila. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around March 10, with an average total accumulation of 7.7 inches.

The least rain falls around September 4, with an average total accumulation of 0.8 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

Average Monthly Rainfall in KwikilaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in5 in10 in15 inMar 107.7 inMar 107.7 inSep 40.8 inSep 40.8 in
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 Kwikila does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 42 minutes of 12 hours throughout. In 2018, the shortest day is June 21, with 11 hours, 33 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 22, with 12 hours, 42 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 5:37 AM on November 18, and the latest sunrise is 50 minutes later at 6:27 AM on July 14. The earliest sunset is at 5:54 PM on May 28, and the latest sunset is 44 minutes later at 6:38 PM on January 27.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Kwikila during 2018.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in KwikilaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMNov 185:37 AMNov 185:37 AM6:38 PMJan 276:38 PMJan 27May 285:54 PMMay 285:54 PM6:27 AMJul 146:27 AMJul 14daySolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2018. 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.

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 Kwikila, 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 4% of 96% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in KwikilaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Aug 1492%Aug 1492%100%Feb 14100%Feb 14miserablemiserableoppressiveoppressivemuggymuggyhumidhumid
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 Kwikila experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 5.6 months, from May 13 to October 31, with average wind speeds of more than 10.6 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is July 31, with an average hourly wind speed of 13.4 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 6.4 months, from October 31 to May 13. The calmest day of the year is January 4, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.8 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

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 Kwikila varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 2.0 weeks, from March 19 to April 2 and for 1.6 months, from November 11 to December 31, with a peak percentage of 48% on November 20. The wind is most often from the east for 7.3 months, from April 2 to November 11, with a peak percentage of 63% on June 10. The wind is most often from the west for 2.6 months, from December 31 to March 19, with a peak percentage of 34% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in KwikilaWSESJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westeastsouthnorth
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

Kwikila 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 some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The time of year with warmer water lasts for 4.4 months, from December 7 to April 21, with an average temperature above 83°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is February 1, with an average temperature of 85°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.4 months, from July 1 to October 14, with an average temperature below 79°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is August 20, with an average temperature of 77°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 Kwikila 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 Kwikila for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid June to mid October, with a peak score in the third week of August.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Kwikilabest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.86.84.14.1 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 time of year to visit Kwikila for hot-weather activities is from early May to mid November, with a peak score in the first week of September.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Kwikilabest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.56.54.84.8 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).

Temperatures in Kwikila 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

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in KwikilaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%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 3comfortablewarmhot
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

Growing Degree Days in KwikilaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F2,000°F4,000°F6,000°F8,000°F10,000°FJul 490°FJul 490°FSep 61,800°FSep 61,800°FJun 3010,570°FJun 3010,570°F
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 2.4 months, from September 3 to November 15, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.1 kWh. The brightest day of the year is October 20, with an average of 6.4 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 4.9 months, from February 18 to July 15, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 5.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is May 7, with an average of 4.7 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in KwikilabrightdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWhOct 206.4 kWhOct 206.4 kWhMay 74.7 kWhMay 74.7 kWhSep 36.1 kWhSep 36.1 kWhFeb 185.0 kWhFeb 185.0 kWhJul 155.0 kWhJul 155.0 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 Kwikila are -9.818 deg latitude, 147.660 deg longitude, and 302 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Kwikila contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 640 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 327 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,532 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (11,299 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Kwikila is covered by shrubs (39%), trees (38%), and grassland (17%), within 10 miles by trees (49%) and cropland (21%), and within 50 miles by water (52%) and trees (39%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Kwikila, 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 is only a single weather station, Jacksons International Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Kwikila.

At a distance of 64 kilometers from Kwikila, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.

The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Kwikila according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.

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.