Climate and Average Weather Year Round at Richard Bay Airport South Africa
At Richard Bay Airport, the summers are warm and muggy; the winters are short, comfortable, and dry; and it is windy and mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 58°F to 83°F and is rarely below 54°F or above 89°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Richard Bay Airport for hot-weather activities is from mid December to mid April.
Climate at Richard Bay Airport
Average Temperature at Richard Bay Airport
The warm season lasts for 3.7 months, from December 10 to April 2, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F. The hottest day of the year is January 1, with an average high of 83°F and low of 71°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.6 months, from June 2 to August 22, with an average daily high temperature below 75°F. The coldest day of the year is July 4, with an average low of 58°F and high of 73°F.
Average High and Low Temperature at Richard Bay 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 Richard Bay Airport
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At Richard Bay 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 Richard Bay Airport begins around February 8 and lasts for 7.6 months, ending around September 25. On July 24, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 88% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 12% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around September 25 and lasts for 4.4 months, ending around February 8. On November 14, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 40% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 60% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories at Richard Bay 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 Richard Bay Airport varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 6.1 months, from October 4 to April 7, with a greater than 23% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 39% on November 24.
The drier season lasts 5.9 months, from April 7 to October 4. The smallest chance of a wet day is 7% on July 6.
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 39% on November 24.
Daily Chance of Precipitation at Richard Bay 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. Richard Bay Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year at Richard Bay Airport. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 5, with an average total accumulation of 3.3 inches.
The least rain falls around June 25, with an average total accumulation of 0.6 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall at Richard Bay Airport
The length of the day at Richard Bay Airport varies over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is June 21, with 10 hours, 19 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 13 hours, 59 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Richard Bay Airport
The earliest sunrise is at 4:45 AM on December 3, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 0 minutes later at 6:45 AM on July 2. The earliest sunset is at 5:01 PM on June 10, and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 53 minutes later at 6:54 PM on January 9.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed at Richard Bay Airport during 2021.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight at Richard Bay 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 Richard Bay 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.
Richard Bay Airport experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 6.4 months, from October 25 to May 6, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 21% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is February 15, with muggy conditions 82% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is August 4, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels at Richard Bay 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 Richard Bay Airport experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.6 months, from August 4 to December 23, with average wind speeds of more than 13.2 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is October 3, with an average hourly wind speed of 14.9 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.4 months, from December 23 to August 4. The calmest day of the year is May 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 11.5 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed at Richard Bay Airport
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Richard Bay Airport varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 1.9 months, from January 11 to March 8; for 2.6 weeks, from November 7 to November 25; and for 6.0 days, from December 1 to December 7, with a peak percentage of 38% on November 13. The wind is most often from the north for 8.0 months, from March 8 to November 7; for 6.0 days, from November 25 to December 1; and for 1.1 months, from December 7 to January 11, with a peak percentage of 45% on August 15.
Wind Direction at Richard Bay Airport
Richard Bay 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 3.3 months, from January 5 to April 14, with an average temperature above 78°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is February 15, with an average temperature of 80°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.8 months, from June 25 to October 20, with an average temperature below 72°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is August 15, with an average temperature of 71°F.
Average Water Temperature at Richard Bay Airport
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Richard Bay 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 Richard Bay Airport for general outdoor tourist activities is from early April to early October, with a peak score in the second week of August.
Tourism Score at Richard Bay 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 Richard Bay Airport for hot-weather activities is from mid December to mid April, with a peak score in the first week of March.
Beach/Pool Score at Richard Bay 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 Richard Bay 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 Richard Bay 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 Richard Bay 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 3.7 months, from November 3 to February 24, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.6 kWh. The brightest day of the year is January 1, with an average of 7.4 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from May 5 to August 9, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is June 24, with an average of 3.4 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Richard Bay Airport
This report illustrates the typical weather at Richard Bay 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
Richard Bay 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 King Shaka International Airport.
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.
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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.