Climate and Average Weather Year Round at Minsk National Airport Belarus
At Minsk National Airport, the summers are comfortable and partly cloudy and the winters are long, freezing, snowy, windy, and overcast. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 16°F to 74°F and is rarely below -5°F or above 85°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Minsk National Airport for warm-weather activities is from late June to late August.
Climate at Minsk National Airport
Average Temperature at Minsk National Airport
The warm season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 17 to September 6, with an average daily high temperature above 65°F. The hottest day of the year is July 25, with an average high of 74°F and low of 53°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.8 months, from November 17 to March 12, with an average daily high temperature below 36°F. The coldest day of the year is February 3, with an average low of 16°F and high of 26°F.
Average High and Low Temperature at Minsk National 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 Minsk National Airport
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Prince George, Canada (4,809 miles away); Calgary, Canada (4,868 miles); and Dover, Vermont, United States (4,290 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Minsk National Airport (view comparison).
At Minsk National 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 Minsk National Airport begins around April 9 and lasts for 6.0 months, ending around October 9. On August 5, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 60% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 40% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 9 and lasts for 6.0 months, ending around April 9. On November 28, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 80% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 20% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories at Minsk National Airport
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 at Minsk National Airport varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 2.8 months, from May 9 to August 3, with a greater than 27% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 36% on June 28.
The drier season lasts 9.2 months, from August 3 to May 9. The smallest chance of a wet day is 18% on March 4.
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 at Minsk National Airport changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 8.9 months, from March 7 to December 3. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 36% on June 28.
Snow alone is the most common for 3.1 months, from December 3 to March 7. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 12% on January 2.
Daily Chance of Precipitation at Minsk National 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. Minsk National Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 9.0 months, from March 11 to December 12, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around July 5, with an average total accumulation of 2.8 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from December 12 to March 11. The least rain falls around February 12, with an average total accumulation of 0.3 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall at Minsk National Airport
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Minsk National Airport experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 5.9 months, from October 23 to April 20, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 1, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.7 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 6.1 months, from April 20 to October 23. The least snow falls around July 21, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall at Minsk National Airport
The length of the day at Minsk National Airport varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 7 hours, 24 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 17 hours, 7 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Minsk National Airport
The earliest sunrise is at 4:35 AM on June 17, and the latest sunrise is 4 hours, 51 minutes later at 9:26 AM on December 29. The earliest sunset is at 4:45 PM on December 13, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 58 minutes later at 9:43 PM on June 24.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed at Minsk National Airport during 2021.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight at Minsk National 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 Minsk National 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.
The perceived humidity level at Minsk National Airport, 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 2% of 2% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels at Minsk National 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 Minsk National Airport experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.0 months, from October 7 to April 7, with average wind speeds of more than 10.2 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 24, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.2 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.0 months, from April 7 to October 7. The calmest day of the year is July 28, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed at Minsk National Airport
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Minsk National Airport varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 1.2 months, from March 31 to May 7 and for 1.4 months, from October 29 to December 10, with a peak percentage of 38% on November 12. The wind is most often from the north for 3.0 weeks, from May 7 to May 28, with a peak percentage of 28% on May 13. The wind is most often from the west for 5.0 months, from May 28 to October 29 and for 3.7 months, from December 10 to March 31, with a peak percentage of 40% on August 25.
Wind Direction at Minsk National Airport
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Minsk National 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 Minsk National Airport for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the first week of August.
Tourism Score at Minsk National Airport
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 Minsk National Airport for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.
Beach/Pool Score at Minsk National 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).
The growing season at Minsk National Airport typically lasts for 4.5 months (137 days), from around May 13 to around September 27, rarely starting before April 22 or after June 5, and rarely ending before September 7 or after October 19.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at Minsk National Airport
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 at Minsk National Airport should appear around May 5, only rarely appearing before April 27 or after May 16.
Growing Degree Days at Minsk National 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 extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from May 2 to August 19, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.1 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 22, with an average of 6.2 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.9 months, from October 22 to February 19, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.6 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 20, with an average of 0.5 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Minsk National Airport
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Minsk National Airport are 53.882 deg latitude, 28.031 deg longitude, and 646 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Minsk National Airport contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 177 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 669 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (331 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (719 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Minsk National Airport is covered by trees (51%) and cropland (29%), within 10 miles by trees (45%) and cropland (36%), and within 50 miles by trees (51%) and cropland (31%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Minsk National 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
Minsk National 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.
In the case of missing or erroneous measurements from this station, we fall back on records from nearby stations, adjusted according to typical seasonal and diurnal intra-station differences. For a given day of the year and hour of the day, the fallback station is selected to minimize the prediction error over the years for which there are measurements for both stations.
In this case, the only station close and reliable enough to use as a fallback is Loshitsa / Minsk International 1.
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.