Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Bethany Beach Delaware, United States
In Bethany Beach, the summers are warm and muggy, the winters are very cold and windy, and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 29°F to 83°F and is rarely below 17°F or above 90°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Bethany Beach for warm-weather activities are from early June to early July and from mid August to early October.
Climate in Bethany Beach
Average Temperature in Bethany Beach
The warm season lasts for 3.5 months, from June 4 to September 18, with an average daily high temperature above 75°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 83°F and low of 71°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.2 months, from December 7 to March 14, with an average daily high temperature below 51°F. The coldest day of the year is January 31, with an average low of 29°F and high of 43°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in Bethany Beach
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 Bethany Beach
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In Bethany Beach, 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 Bethany Beach begins around July 17 and lasts for 3.9 months, ending around November 14. On October 12, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 64% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 36% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 14 and lasts for 8.1 months, ending around July 17. On January 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 51% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 49% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories in Bethany Beach
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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 Bethany Beach varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 3.2 months, from May 20 to August 25, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 39% on August 7.
The drier season lasts 8.8 months, from August 25 to May 20. The smallest chance of a wet day is 21% on October 20.
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 39% on August 7.
Daily Chance of Precipitation in Bethany Beach
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. Bethany Beach experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Bethany Beach. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around August 12, with an average total accumulation of 3.9 inches.
The least rain falls around February 3, with an average total accumulation of 2.7 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in Bethany Beach
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. Bethany Beach experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 2.7 months, from December 20 to March 12, 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 11, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.3 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 9.3 months, from March 12 to December 20. The least snow falls around July 25, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in Bethany Beach
The length of the day in Bethany Beach varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 28 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 52 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Bethany Beach
The earliest sunrise is at 5:35 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 57 minutes later at 7:32 AM on November 6. The earliest sunset is at 4:38 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 50 minutes later at 8:28 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Bethany Beach during 2021, starting in the spring on March 14, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 7.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Bethany Beach
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 Bethany Beach
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.
Bethany Beach experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from May 27 to October 4, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 19% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 2, with muggy conditions 78% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 10, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels in Bethany Beach
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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 Bethany Beach experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.0 months, from October 1 to May 2, with average wind speeds of more than 12.1 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 13, with an average hourly wind speed of 15.0 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.0 months, from May 2 to October 1. The calmest day of the year is July 26, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in Bethany Beach
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Bethany Beach varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 1.7 months, from February 7 to March 28 and for 1.2 months, from October 9 to November 15, with a peak percentage of 34% on February 12. The wind is most often from the south for 6.4 months, from March 28 to October 9, with a peak percentage of 43% on July 14. The wind is most often from the west for 2.7 months, from November 15 to February 7, with a peak percentage of 37% on January 1.
Wind Direction in Bethany Beach
Bethany Beach 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 significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.5 months, from June 20 to October 4, with an average temperature above 68°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 7, with an average temperature of 75°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.6 months, from December 24 to April 12, with an average temperature below 47°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 20, with an average temperature of 40°F.
Average Water Temperature in Bethany Beach
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Bethany Beach 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 times of year to visit Bethany Beach for general outdoor tourist activities are from early June to early July and from mid August to early October, with a peak score in the first week of September.
Tourism Score in Bethany Beach
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 Bethany Beach for hot-weather activities is from late June to early September, with a peak score in the third week of July.
Beach/Pool Score in Bethany Beach
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 Bethany Beach typically lasts for 7.7 months (235 days), from around March 27 to around November 17, rarely starting before March 10 or after April 12, and rarely ending before November 1 or after December 4.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Bethany Beach
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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.
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Bethany Beach should appear around March 27, only rarely appearing before March 10 or after April 16.
Growing Degree Days in Bethany Beach
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 significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.8 months, from April 24 to August 18, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 23, with an average of 6.9 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from November 6 to February 10, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 2.0 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Bethany Beach
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Bethany Beach are 38.540 deg latitude, -75.055 deg longitude, and 7 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Bethany Beach is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 13 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (39 feet). Within 50 miles is essentially flat (128 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Bethany Beach is covered by water (48%), artificial surfaces (31%), and herbaceous vegetation (10%), within 10 miles by water (66%) and cropland (16%), and within 50 miles by water (61%) and cropland (19%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Bethany Beach, 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 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Bethany Beach.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Bethany Beach 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 Bethany Beach is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Bethany Beach and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Ocean City Municipal Airport (KOXB, 47%, 26 kilometers, south); Sussex County Airport (KGED, 36%, 32 kilometers, northwest); and Cape May County Airport (KWWD, 16%, 54 kilometers, north).
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.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . 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.
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 airports 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.