Average Weather in Dunkirk Indiana, United States
In Dunkirk, the summers are long, warm, and humid; the winters are freezing and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 20°F to 83°F and is rarely below 2°F or above 91°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Dunkirk for warm-weather activities is from mid June to mid September.
The warm season lasts for 4.1 months, from May 20 to September 23, with an average daily high temperature above 73°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 83°F and low of 65°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from December 2 to March 2, with an average daily high temperature below 43°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 20°F and high of 33°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 Dunkirk, 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 Dunkirk begins around June 12 and lasts for 4.6 months, ending around October 31. On August 23, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 69% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 31% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 31 and lasts for 7.4 months, ending around June 12. On January 2, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 62% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 38% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Dunkirk varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.2 months, from March 24 to August 30, with a greater than 29% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 41% on May 28.
The drier season lasts 6.8 months, from August 30 to March 24. The smallest chance of a wet day is 18% on February 8.
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 41% on May 28.
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. Dunkirk experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Dunkirk. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 9, with an average total accumulation of 3.9 inches.
The least rain falls around February 4, with an average total accumulation of 1.3 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Dunkirk experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.2 months, from November 25 to April 2, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around February 1, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.4 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.8 months, from April 2 to November 25. The least snow falls around July 18, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Dunkirk varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 17 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 3 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:10 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 4 minutes later at 8:14 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 5:14 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 1 minute later at 9:15 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Dunkirk 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
Dunkirk experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from May 30 to September 18, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 12% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 23, with muggy conditions 49% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is December 10, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Dunkirk experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.4 months, from October 10 to May 22, with average wind speeds of more than 9.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 15, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.7 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.6 months, from May 22 to October 10. The calmest day of the year is August 4, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Dunkirk varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 1.7 months, from April 21 to June 13 and for 2.9 months, from August 22 to November 19, with a peak percentage of 37% on November 14. The wind is most often from the west for 2.3 months, from June 13 to August 22 and for 5.1 months, from November 19 to April 21, with a peak percentage of 38% on July 20.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Dunkirk 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 Dunkirk for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid June to mid September, with a peak score in the second week of August.
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 Dunkirk for hot-weather activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the third week of July.
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.
The growing season in Dunkirk typically lasts for 6.0 months (184 days), from around April 17 to around October 18, rarely starting before April 1 or after May 5, and rarely ending before September 29 or after November 6.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Dunkirk should appear around April 6, only rarely appearing before March 21 or after April 22.
Growing Degree Days
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 3.9 months, from May 1 to August 29, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.8 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 2, with an average of 6.9 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from November 5 to February 11, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.7 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 1.7 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Dunkirk are 40.375 deg latitude, -85.209 deg longitude, and 942 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Dunkirk is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 66 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 942 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (200 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (620 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Dunkirk is covered by cropland (95%), within 10 miles by cropland (98%), and within 50 miles by cropland (93%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Dunkirk, 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 Dunkirk.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Dunkirk 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 Dunkirk is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Dunkirk and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Delaware County Regional Airport (56%, 22 kilometers, southwest); Marion Municipal Airport (21%, 42 kilometers, west); Darke County Airport (12%, 61 kilometers, east); and Fort Wayne International Airport (11%, 66 kilometers, north).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .