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Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Falkland Islands Falkland Islands

In Falkland Islands, the summers are cold, the winters are very cold, and it is extremely windy and mostly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 36°F to 56°F and is rarely below 32°F or above 61°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Falkland Islands for warm-weather activities is from early January to mid February.

Climate in Falkland Islands

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Falkland Islands weather by month. Click on each chart for more information.

The warm season lasts for 3.3 months, from December 6 to March 15, with an average daily high temperature above 53°F. The hottest month of the year in Falkland Islands is January, with an average high of 56°F and low of 47°F.

The cool season lasts for 3.6 months, from May 20 to September 7, with an average daily high temperature below 43°F. The coldest month of the year in Falkland Islands is July, with an average low of 36°F and high of 40°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in Falkland Islands

Average High and Low Temperature in Falkland IslandswarmcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FJul 1840°FJul 1840°FJan 1756°FJan 1756°F36°F36°F47°F47°FDec 653°FDec 653°FMar 1553°FMar 1553°FMay 2043°FMay 2043°FSep 743°FSep 743°F45°F45°F45°F45°F38°F38°F37°F37°FNowNow
The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.
AverageJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High56°F55°F52°F48°F44°F40°F40°F42°F44°F48°F51°F54°F
Temp.51°F51°F49°F45°F41°F38°F38°F39°F41°F43°F47°F49°F
Low47°F47°F45°F42°F38°F36°F36°F36°F38°F40°F43°F46°F

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 Falkland Islands

Average Hourly Temperature in Falkland IslandsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowvery coldcoldcoldcool
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.
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In Falkland Islands, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Falkland Islands begins around September 7 and lasts for 7.0 months, ending around April 7.

The clearest month of the year in Falkland Islands is February, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 46% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around April 7 and lasts for 5.0 months, ending around September 7.

The cloudiest month of the year in Falkland Islands is July, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 67% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories in Falkland Islands

Cloud Cover Categories in Falkland IslandsclearerclearercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Feb 1247%Feb 1247%Jun 2732%Jun 2732%Sep 739%Sep 739%Apr 740%Apr 740%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.
FractionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Cloudier54%54%57%61%65%67%67%63%60%59%55%55%
Clearer46%46%43%39%35%33%33%37%40%41%45%45%

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Falkland Islands varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 5.2 months, from November 21 to April 28, with a greater than 27% chance of a given day being a wet day. The month with the most wet days in Falkland Islands is March, with an average of 9.7 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.

The drier season lasts 6.8 months, from April 28 to November 21. The month with the fewest wet days in Falkland Islands is October, with an average of 6.6 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 Falkland Islands is March, with an average of 9.7 days. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 34% on March 20.

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Falkland Islands

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Falkland IslandswetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Mar 2034%Mar 2034%Oct 720%Oct 720%Jan 128%Jan 128%Apr 2827%Apr 2827%NowNowrain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).
Days ofJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Rain9.1d8.1d9.7d9.0d7.7d7.2d7.2d7.1d6.5d6.6d7.6d8.7d

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. Falkland Islands experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Falkland Islands. The month with the most rain in Falkland Islands is March, with an average rainfall of 1.8 inches.

The month with the least rain in Falkland Islands is October, with an average rainfall of 1.1 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in Falkland Islands

Average Monthly Rainfall in Falkland IslandsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.0 in0.5 in0.5 in1.0 in1.0 in1.5 in1.5 in2.0 in2.0 in2.5 in2.5 in3.0 in3.0 in3.5 in3.5 inMar 281.9 inMar 281.9 inOct 71.0 inOct 71.0 inFeb 41.7 inFeb 41.7 inJul 221.3 inJul 221.3 inSep 11.3 inSep 11.3 inNowNow
The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average snowfall.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Rainfall1.7″1.7″1.8″1.7″1.4″1.3″1.3″1.2″1.2″1.1″1.2″1.5″

The length of the day in Falkland Islands varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is June 21, with 7 hours, 47 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 16 hours, 41 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Falkland Islands

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Falkland IslandsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 10 minSep 2212 hr, 10 minSep 2216 hr, 41 minDec 2116 hr, 41 minDec 2112 hr, 14 minMar 2012 hr, 14 minMar 207 hr, 47 minJun 217 hr, 47 minJun 21daydaynightNowNow
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.
Hours ofJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Daylight16.0h14.3h12.4h10.4h8.7h7.9h8.4h9.9h11.8h13.8h15.6h16.6h

The earliest sunrise is at 4:32 AM on December 13, and the latest sunrise is 4 hours, 33 minutes later at 9:05 AM on June 25. The earliest sunset is at 4:51 PM on June 16, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 26 minutes later at 9:17 PM on December 29.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Falkland Islands during 2021.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Falkland Islands

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Falkland IslandsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMDec 134:32 AMDec 134:32 AM9:17 PMDec 299:17 PMDec 29Jun 164:51 PMJun 164:51 PM9:05 AMJun 259:05 AMJun 25daynightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2021. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.

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 in Falkland Islands

The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

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 Falkland Islands, 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 in Falkland Islands

Humidity Comfort Levels in Falkland IslandsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jul 30%Jul 30%NowNowdrydry
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Muggy days0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d

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 Falkland Islands experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 3.9 months, from May 29 to September 26, with average wind speeds of more than 18.9 miles per hour. The windiest month of the year in Falkland Islands is August, with an average hourly wind speed of 19.9 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 8.1 months, from September 26 to May 29. The calmest month of the year in Falkland Islands is February, with an average hourly wind speed of 18.1 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in Falkland Islands

Average Wind Speed in Falkland IslandswindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph5 mph5 mph10 mph10 mph15 mph15 mph20 mph20 mph25 mph25 mph30 mph30 mphAug 2720.1 mphAug 2720.1 mphDec 2317.8 mphDec 2317.8 mphMay 2918.9 mphMay 2918.9 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Wind Speed (mph)18.218.118.619.018.819.519.719.919.318.918.718.1

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Falkland Islands is from the west throughout the year.

Wind Direction in Falkland Islands

Wind Direction in Falkland IslandsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwestnorthsoutheast
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Falkland Islands 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 December 29 to March 31, with an average temperature above 48°F. The month of the year in Falkland Islands with the warmest water is February, with an average temperature of 49°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.0 months, from June 22 to October 24, with an average temperature below 43°F. The month of the year in Falkland Islands with the coolest water is August, with an average temperature of 41°F.

Average Water Temperature in Falkland Islands

Average Water Temperature in Falkland IslandswarmcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec40°F40°F42°F42°F44°F44°F46°F46°F48°F48°F50°F50°F52°F52°FFeb 649°FFeb 649°F41°FAug 2841°FAug 28Dec 2948°FDec 2948°FMar 3148°FMar 3148°FJun 2243°FJun 2243°FOct 2443°FOct 2443°FNowNow
The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
WaterJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temperature49°F49°F48°F47°F45°F43°F42°F41°F41°F42°F44°F47°F

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Falkland Islands 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 Falkland Islands for general outdoor tourist activities is from early January to mid February, with a peak score in the third week of January.

Tourism Score in Falkland Islands

Tourism Score in Falkland Islandsbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810102.62.60.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

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 Falkland Islands for hot-weather activities is from early to mid January.

Beach/Pool Score in Falkland Islands

Beach/Pool Score in Falkland IslandsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810100.00.00.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

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 in Falkland Islands typically lasts for 9.7 months (294 days), from around August 21 to around June 12, rarely starting after September 25, or ending before May 14.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Falkland Islands

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Falkland Islandsgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Aug 2150%Aug 2150%Jun 1250%Jun 1290%Sep 2590%Sep 2590%May 1490%May 1415%Jul 1615%Jul 16Mar 10100%Mar 10100%NowNowvery coldcoldcoolfreezing
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

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 Falkland Islands

Growing Degree Days in Falkland IslandsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F50°F50°F100°F100°F150°F150°F200°F200°F250°F250°F300°F300°FJun 30238°FJun 30238°FNowNow
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

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 3.2 months, from November 4 to February 10, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.3 kWh. The brightest month of the year in Falkland Islands is December, with an average of 6.4 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from April 19 to August 27, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.8 kWh. The darkest month of the year in Falkland Islands is June, with an average of 0.6 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Falkland Islands

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Falkland IslandsbrightbrightdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhDec 266.5 kWhDec 266.5 kWhJun 250.6 kWhJun 250.6 kWhNov 45.3 kWhNov 45.3 kWhFeb 105.3 kWhFeb 105.3 kWhApr 191.8 kWhApr 191.8 kWhAug 271.8 kWhAug 271.8 kWhNowNow
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Solar Energy (kWh)6.25.13.41.90.90.60.71.42.74.35.86.4

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Falkland Islands are -51.750 deg latitude, -59.167 deg longitude, and 0 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Falkland Islands 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 Falkland Islands is covered by shrubs (43%), trees (27%), and grassland (26%), within 10 miles by water (56%) and shrubs (25%), and within 50 miles by water (66%) and shrubs (19%).

This report illustrates the typical weather in Falkland Islands, 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 Port Stanley Airport page.

Disclaimer

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.

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