Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Christmas Island Christmas Island
In Christmas Island, the wet season is overcast; the dry season is partly cloudy; and it is warm, oppressive, and windy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 75°F to 84°F and is rarely below 73°F or above 86°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Christmas Island for hot-weather activities is from mid May to late October.
Climate in Christmas Island
The temperature in Christmas Island varies so little throughout the year that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss hot and cold seasons.
Average High and Low Temperature in Christmas Island
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 in Christmas Island
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In Christmas Island, 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 Christmas Island begins around May 8 and lasts for 4.3 months, ending around September 18.
The clearest month of the year in Christmas Island is July, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 44% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around September 18 and lasts for 7.7 months, ending around May 8.
The cloudiest month of the year in Christmas Island is February, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 74% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories in Christmas Island
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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 in Christmas Island varies very significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.4 months, from November 28 to May 8, with a greater than 29% chance of a given day being a wet day. The month with the most wet days in Christmas Island is February, with an average of 14.4 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
The drier season lasts 6.6 months, from May 8 to November 28. The month with the fewest wet days in Christmas Island is September, with an average of 1.3 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. The month with the most days of rain alone in Christmas Island is February, with an average of 14.4 days. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 55% on February 4.
Daily Chance of Precipitation in Christmas Island
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. Christmas Island experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 10 months, from September 29 to August 5, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The month with the most rain in Christmas Island is February, with an average rainfall of 6.7 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 1.8 months, from August 5 to September 29. The month with the least rain in Christmas Island is September, with an average rainfall of 0.3 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in Christmas Island
The length of the day in Christmas Island does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 44 minutes of 12 hours throughout. In 2023, the shortest day is June 21, with 11 hours, 31 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 22, with 12 hours, 45 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Christmas Island
The earliest sunrise is at 5:24 AM on November 19, and the latest sunrise is 52 minutes later at 6:16 AM on July 13. The earliest sunset is at 5:41 PM on May 29, and the latest sunset is 46 minutes later at 6:27 PM on January 26.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Christmas Island during 2023.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Christmas Island
The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.
Solar Elevation and Azimuth in Christmas Island
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2023. 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 in Christmas Island
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 Christmas Island, 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 98% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels in Christmas Island
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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 in Christmas Island experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.7 months, from April 25 to November 16, with average wind speeds of more than 13.6 miles per hour. The windiest month of the year in Christmas Island is August, with an average hourly wind speed of 17.3 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.3 months, from November 16 to April 25. The calmest month of the year in Christmas Island is January, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in Christmas Island
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Christmas Island varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 1.7 months, from January 15 to March 7, with a peak percentage of 50% on February 8. The wind is most often from the east for 8.4 months, from March 7 to November 19, with a peak percentage of 96% on August 8. The wind is most often from the south for 1.9 months, from November 19 to January 15, with a peak percentage of 52% on January 1.
Wind Direction in Christmas Island
Christmas Island 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 4.6 months, from January 7 to May 27, with an average temperature above 83°F. The month of the year in Christmas Island with the warmest water is April, with an average temperature of 84°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 2.8 months, from July 28 to October 22, with an average temperature below 80°F. The month of the year in Christmas Island with the coolest water is September, with an average temperature of 79°F.
Average Water Temperature in Christmas Island
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Christmas Island 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 Christmas Island for general outdoor tourist activities is from early July to mid October, with a peak score in the second week of August.
Tourism Score in Christmas Island
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 Christmas Island for hot-weather activities is from mid May to late October, with a peak score in the second week of August.
Beach/Pool Score in Christmas Island
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 in Christmas Island 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 in Christmas Island
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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 in Christmas Island
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 3.9 months, from September 9 to January 6, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.3 kWh. The brightest month of the year in Christmas Island is October, with an average of 6.6 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.6 months, from April 30 to July 18, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 5.2 kWh. The darkest month of the year in Christmas Island is June, with an average of 5.0 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Christmas Island
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Christmas Island are -10.500 deg latitude, 105.667 deg longitude, and 0 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Christmas Island is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 0 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 0 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (0 feet). Within 50 miles is also essentially flat (0 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Christmas Island is covered by trees (57%) and water (30%), within 10 miles by water (87%) and trees (10%), and within 50 miles by water (99%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Christmas Island, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
The details of the data sources used for this report can be found on the Christmas Island Aerodrome page.
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