Average Weather at Mbeya Airport Tanzania
At Mbeya Airport, the wet season is overcast, the dry season is mostly clear, and it is comfortable year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 45°F to 79°F and is rarely below 40°F or above 83°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Mbeya Airport for warm-weather activities is from late July to late October.
The warm season lasts for 2.1 months, from September 20 to November 23, with an average daily high temperature above 77°F. The hottest day of the year is October 17, with an average high of 79°F and low of 58°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from May 10 to August 7, with an average daily high temperature below 72°F. The coldest day of the year is July 5, with an average low of 45°F and high of 70°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
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 Mbeya Airport, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year at Mbeya Airport begins around April 25 and lasts for 6.0 months, ending around October 24. On July 24, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 81% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 19% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 24 and lasts for 6.0 months, ending around April 25. On January 15, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 90% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 9% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
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 Mbeya Airport varies very significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.7 months, from November 27 to April 19, with a greater than 35% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 70% on January 13.
The drier season lasts 7.3 months, from April 19 to November 27. The smallest chance of a wet day is 1% on August 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 throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 70% on January 13.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
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. Mbeya Airport experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 7.1 months, from October 16 to May 20, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around January 1, with an average total accumulation of 9.0 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.9 months, from May 20 to October 16. The least rain falls around August 25, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day at Mbeya Airport does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 38 minutes of 12 hours throughout. In 2018, the shortest day is June 21, with 11 hours, 36 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 22, with 12 hours, 39 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:15 AM on November 16, and the latest sunrise is 48 minutes later at 7:02 AM on July 14. The earliest sunset is at 6:32 PM on May 26, and the latest sunset is 42 minutes later at 7:14 PM on January 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed at Mbeya Airport during 2018.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
The perceived humidity level at Mbeya 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, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed at Mbeya Airport experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from April 18 to November 29, with average wind speeds of more than 6.0 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is September 28, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.0 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.7 months, from November 29 to April 18. The calmest day of the year is February 20, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.0 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Mbeya Airport varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 2.0 months, from May 22 to July 21, with a peak percentage of 59% on June 18. The wind is most often from the east for 10 months, from July 21 to May 22, with a peak percentage of 44% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Mbeya 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 Mbeya Airport for general outdoor tourist activities is from late July to late October, with a peak score in the second week of September.
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 Mbeya Airport for hot-weather activities is from mid September to mid November, with a peak score in the second week of October.
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.
Temperatures at Mbeya 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
Growing Degree Days
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 2.5 months, from August 22 to November 7, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.9 kWh. The brightest day of the year is September 30, with an average of 7.4 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.6 months, from December 19 to March 5, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 5.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is January 13, with an average of 4.8 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Mbeya Airport are -8.919 deg latitude, 33.463 deg longitude, and 5,650 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Mbeya Airport contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 696 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 5,627 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (4,800 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (8,130 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Mbeya Airport is covered by cropland (51%), artificial surfaces (31%), and grassland (11%), within 10 miles by trees (35%) and cropland (35%), and within 50 miles by cropland (28%) and trees (27%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Mbeya 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
Mbeya 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.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .