Climate and Average Weather Year Round at Tubuai – Mataura Airport French Polynesia
At Tubuai – Mataura Airport, the summers are warm, oppressive, and overcast; the winters are long, comfortable, humid, and partly cloudy; and it is wet and windy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 67°F to 83°F and is rarely below 61°F or above 85°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Tubuai – Mataura Airport for warm-weather activities is from early June to mid October.
Climate at Tubuai – Mataura Airport
Average Temperature at Tubuai – Mataura Airport
The warm season lasts for 3.1 months, from January 7 to April 11, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F. The hottest day of the year is February 19, with an average high of 83°F and low of 76°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.9 months, from June 14 to October 11, with an average daily high temperature below 76°F. The coldest day of the year is August 23, with an average low of 67°F and high of 74°F.
Average High and Low Temperature at Tubuai – Mataura Airport
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 at Tubuai – Mataura Airport
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At Tubuai – Mataura Airport, 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 at Tubuai – Mataura Airport begins around June 4 and lasts for 4.5 months, ending around October 20. On August 12, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 56% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 44% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 20 and lasts for 7.5 months, ending around June 4. On December 25, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 76% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 24% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories at Tubuai – Mataura Airport
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days at Tubuai – Mataura Airport varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.4 months, from November 30 to May 12, with a greater than 36% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 48% on December 30.
The drier season lasts 6.6 months, from May 12 to November 30. The smallest chance of a wet day is 23% on September 19.
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 48% on December 30.
Daily Chance of Precipitation at Tubuai – Mataura Airport
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. Tubuai – Mataura Airport experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year at Tubuai – Mataura Airport. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around December 30, with an average total accumulation of 7.7 inches.
The least rain falls around September 18, with an average total accumulation of 2.8 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall at Tubuai – Mataura Airport
The length of the day at Tubuai – Mataura Airport varies over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is June 20, with 10 hours, 42 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 13 hours, 35 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Tubuai – Mataura Airport
The earliest sunrise is at 5:03 AM on November 29, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 37 minutes later at 6:40 AM on July 4. The earliest sunset is at 5:19 PM on June 6, and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 31 minutes later at 6:49 PM on January 13.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed at Tubuai – Mataura Airport during 2021.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight at Tubuai – Mataura Airport
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 at Tubuai – Mataura Airport
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.
Tubuai – Mataura Airport experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 7.6 months, from October 23 to June 9, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 50% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is February 14, with muggy conditions 98% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is August 8, with muggy conditions 33% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels at Tubuai – Mataura Airport
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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 at Tubuai – Mataura Airport experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.0 months, from May 30 to November 30, with average wind speeds of more than 13.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is July 29, with an average hourly wind speed of 15.0 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.0 months, from November 30 to May 30. The calmest day of the year is March 13, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.4 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed at Tubuai – Mataura Airport
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Tubuai – Mataura Airport is from the east throughout the year.
Wind Direction at Tubuai – Mataura Airport
Tubuai – Mataura Airport 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 3.1 months, from January 16 to April 19, with an average temperature above 79°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is March 11, with an average temperature of 80°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.0 months, from July 3 to November 3, with an average temperature below 75°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is August 14, with an average temperature of 73°F.
Average Water Temperature at Tubuai – Mataura Airport
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Tubuai – Mataura Airport 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 Tubuai – Mataura Airport for general outdoor tourist activities is from early June to mid October, with a peak score in the second week of August.
Tourism Score at Tubuai – Mataura Airport
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 Tubuai – Mataura Airport for hot-weather activities are from mid January to early May and from mid November to mid December, with a peak score in the last week of March.
Beach/Pool Score at Tubuai – Mataura Airport
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).
Temperatures at Tubuai – Mataura Airport 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 at Tubuai – Mataura Airport
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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 at Tubuai – Mataura Airport
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 4.0 months, from October 17 to February 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.8 kWh. The brightest day of the year is November 25, with an average of 6.4 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from May 1 to August 4, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.9 kWh. The darkest day of the year is June 13, with an average of 3.2 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Tubuai – Mataura Airport
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Tubuai – Mataura Airport are -23.365 deg latitude, -149.524 deg longitude, and 20 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Tubuai – Mataura Airport contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 942 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 34 feet. Within 10 miles also contains very significant variations in elevation (1,319 feet). Within 50 miles also contains very significant variations in elevation (1,319 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Tubuai – Mataura Airport is covered by water (100%), within 10 miles by water (100%), and within 50 miles by water (100%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Tubuai – Mataura Airport, 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
Tubuai – Mataura Airport has a weather station that reported reliably enough during the analysis period that we have included it in our network. When available, historical temperature and dew point measurements are taken directly from this weather station. These records are obtained from NOAA's Integrated Surface Hourly data set, falling back on ICAO METAR records as required.There are no other weather stations in our network within 200 kilometers of this location. Consequently, in the case of missing or erroneous measurements from this station, we fall back on NASA's MERRA-2 modern-era reanalysis , adjusted according to typical seasonal and diurnal differences between this station and the wide-area MERRA-2 reconstructed values.
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.
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.