Average Weather in Lafayette Alabama, United States
In Lafayette, the summers are long, hot, and muggy; the winters are short, cold, and wet; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 36°F to 89°F and is rarely below 23°F or above 95°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.9 months, from May 24 to September 21, with an average daily high temperature above 82°F. The hottest day of the year is July 22, with an average high of 89°F and low of 71°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 29 to February 24, with an average daily high temperature below 62°F. The coldest day of the year is January 24, with an average low of 36°F and high of 55°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
In Lafayette, 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 Lafayette begins around July 28 and lasts for 4.0 months, ending around November 27. On October 8, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 67% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 33% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 27 and lasts for 8.0 months, ending around July 28. On January 3, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 53% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 47% of the time.
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Lafayette varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 6.3 months, from February 19 to August 29, with a greater than 32% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 47% on July 9.
The drier season lasts 5.7 months, from August 29 to February 19. The smallest chance of a wet day is 18% on October 15.
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 47% on July 9.
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. Lafayette experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Lafayette. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 28, with an average total accumulation of 5.0 inches.
The least rain falls around October 18, with an average total accumulation of 2.6 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Lafayette does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 0.1 inches of 0.1 inches throughout.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Lafayette varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 59 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 19 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:32 AM on June 11, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 30 minutes later at 7:02 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:34 PM on December 4, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 19 minutes later at 7:54 PM on June 29.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Lafayette during 2017, 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
Lafayette experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.7 months, from May 14 to October 6, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 24% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 24, with muggy conditions 93% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 16, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Lafayette varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 2.5 months, from March 12 to May 28, with a peak percentage of 35% on April 18. The wind is most often from the east for 3.0 months, from August 12 to November 13, with a peak percentage of 47% on September 9. The wind is most often from the north for 4.0 months, from November 13 to March 12, with a peak percentage of 31% on January 1.
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 4.4 months, from April 9 to August 22, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.9 kWh. The brightest day of the year is May 20, with an average of 6.7 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.6 months, from November 14 to February 4, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.5 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 2.6 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Lafayette are 32.900 deg latitude, -85.401 deg longitude, and 764 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Lafayette contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 203 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 778 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (338 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (2,251 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Lafayette is covered by trees (57%) and cropland (36%), within 10 miles by trees (86%) and cropland (14%), and within 50 miles by trees (81%) and cropland (12%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Lafayette, 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
There are 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Lafayette.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Lafayette according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Lafayette is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Lafayette and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Auburn-Opelika Robert G Pitts Airport (39%, 32 kilometers, south); La Grange, Callaway Airport (35%, 34 kilometers, northeast); Thomas C Russell Field (18%, 53 kilometers, west); and Anniston Metropolitan Airport (8%, 87 kilometers, northwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .