Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Haiti Haiti
The climate in Haiti is hot, muggy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 73°F to 94°F and is rarely below 70°F or above 97°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Haiti for hot-weather activities is from early December to mid April.
Climate in Haiti
The temperature in Haiti varies so little throughout the year that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss hot and cold seasons.
Average High and Low Temperature in Haiti
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 Haiti
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In Haiti, 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 in Haiti begins around November 18 and lasts for 5.5 months, ending around May 2.
The clearest month of the year in Haiti is January, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 79% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around May 2 and lasts for 6.5 months, ending around November 18.
The cloudiest month of the year in Haiti is September, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 74% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories in Haiti
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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 Haiti varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 6.7 months, from April 21 to November 12, with a greater than 11% chance of a given day being a wet day. The month with the most wet days in Haiti is May, with an average of 5.1 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
The drier season lasts 5.3 months, from November 12 to April 21. The month with the fewest wet days in Haiti is February, with an average of 1.4 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 Haiti is May, with an average of 5.1 days. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 18% on May 19.
Daily Chance of Precipitation in Haiti
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. Haiti experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 9.9 months, from February 24 to December 20, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The month with the most rain in Haiti is May, with an average rainfall of 2.1 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.1 months, from December 20 to February 24. The month with the least rain in Haiti is January, with an average rainfall of 0.4 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in Haiti
The length of the day in Haiti varies over the course of the year. In 2023, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 59 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 13 hours, 17 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Haiti
The earliest sunrise is at 5:51 AM on November 5, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 9 minutes later at 7:00 AM on March 12. The earliest sunset is at 5:09 PM on November 25, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 21 minutes later at 7:31 PM on July 5.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Haiti during 2023, starting in the spring on March 12, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 5.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Haiti
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 Haiti
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 Haiti
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.
Haiti experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 9.2 months, from March 24 to December 31, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 57% of the time. The month with the most muggy days in Haiti is October, with 29.9 days that are muggy or worse.
The month with the fewest muggy days in Haiti is February, with 12.6 days that are muggy or worse.
Humidity Comfort Levels in Haiti
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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 Haiti experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 2.8 months, from May 28 to August 20, with average wind speeds of more than 5.7 miles per hour. The windiest month of the year in Haiti is June, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.4 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 9.2 months, from August 20 to May 28. The calmest month of the year in Haiti is October, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in Haiti
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Haiti is from the east throughout the year.
Wind Direction in Haiti
Haiti 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 3.7 months, from July 23 to November 12, with an average temperature above 84°F. The month of the year in Haiti with the warmest water is September, with an average temperature of 85°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.0 months, from January 12 to April 13, with an average temperature below 81°F. The month of the year in Haiti with the coolest water is February, with an average temperature of 81°F.
Average Water Temperature in Haiti
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Haiti 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 Haiti for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid December to mid March, with a peak score in the third week of January.
Tourism Score in Haiti
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 Haiti for hot-weather activities is from early December to mid April, with a peak score in the third week of January.
Beach/Pool Score in Haiti
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 Haiti 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 Haiti
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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 Haiti
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 2.1 months, from March 3 to May 5, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.4 kWh. The brightest month of the year in Haiti is April, with an average of 6.8 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from September 14 to January 3, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 5.0 kWh. The darkest month of the year in Haiti is October, with an average of 4.6 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Haiti
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Haiti are 19.076 deg latitude, -72.296 deg longitude, and 0 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Haiti 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 Haiti is covered by trees (31%), grassland (31%), cropland (27%), and shrubs (11%), within 10 miles by cropland (55%) and grassland (22%), and within 50 miles by cropland (35%) and water (21%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Haiti, 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-au-Prince page.
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