Average Weather in Huaraz Peru
The climate in Huaraz is comfortable and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 39°F to 69°F and is rarely below 35°F or above 73°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Huaraz for warm-weather activities is from mid May to late September.
The temperature in Huaraz varies so little throughout the year that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss hot and cold seasons.
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
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Mission Hills, California, United States (4,151 miles away); Molo, Kenya (7,808 miles); and Ooty, India (10,693 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Huaraz (view comparison).
In Huaraz, 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 Huaraz begins around April 26 and lasts for 5.2 months, ending around October 1. On August 3, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 71% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 29% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 1 and lasts for 6.8 months, ending around April 26. On March 1, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 84% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 16% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
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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 Huaraz varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 6.2 months, from October 16 to April 24, with a greater than 13% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 25% on March 8.
The drier season lasts 5.8 months, from April 24 to October 16. The smallest chance of a wet day is 2% on August 2.
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 25% on March 8.
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. Huaraz experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 7.4 months, from September 29 to May 11, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around March 2, with an average total accumulation of 1.7 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.6 months, from May 11 to September 29. The least rain falls around August 5, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Huaraz does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 41 minutes of 12 hours throughout. In 2019, the shortest day is June 21, with 11 hours, 34 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 12 hours, 41 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:38 AM on November 17, and the latest sunrise is 49 minutes later at 6:27 AM on July 13. The earliest sunset is at 5:55 PM on May 27, and the latest sunset is 43 minutes later at 6:39 PM on January 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Huaraz during 2019.
Sunrise & Sunset with 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 Huaraz, 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
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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 Huaraz experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 3.7 months, from June 11 to October 2, with average wind speeds of more than 5.1 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is August 2, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.8 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 8.3 months, from October 2 to June 11. The calmest day of the year is March 31, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.4 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Huaraz varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the east for 8.0 months, from March 21 to November 22, with a peak percentage of 69% on August 1. The wind is most often from the west for 4.0 months, from November 22 to March 21, with a peak percentage of 42% on January 1.
Huaraz 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 2.5 months, from January 18 to April 3, with an average temperature above 69°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is February 28, with an average temperature of 71°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.8 months, from July 28 to November 21, with an average temperature below 64°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is October 1, with an average temperature of 62°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Huaraz 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 Huaraz for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid May to late 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 Huaraz for hot-weather activities is from late August to mid October, with a peak score in the last week of September.
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 Huaraz 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
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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
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 2.0 months, from August 7 to October 8, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.7 kWh. The brightest day of the year is September 5, with an average of 6.9 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from January 31 to May 1, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 6.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is March 18, with an average of 5.8 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Huaraz are -9.528 deg latitude, -77.528 deg longitude, and 10,810 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Huaraz contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,880 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 10,478 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (9,354 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (22,014 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Huaraz is covered by shrubs (62%) and cropland (22%), within 10 miles by shrubs (46%) and grassland (28%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (36%) and grassland (25%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Huaraz, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Huaraz is further than 200 kilometers from the nearest reliable weather station, so the weather-related data on this page were taken entirely from NASA's MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
The temperature and dew point estimates are corrected for the difference between the reference elevation of the MERRA-2 grid cell and the elevation of Huaraz, according to the International Standard Atmosphere .
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
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.