Average Weather in Dessalines Haiti
In Dessalines, the summers are short, sweltering, oppressive, and overcast; the winters are warm, muggy, and mostly clear; and it is dry year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 70°F to 96°F and is rarely below 67°F or above 100°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Dessalines for hot-weather activities is from late November to mid April.
The hot season lasts for 2.5 months, from June 21 to September 4, with an average daily high temperature above 94°F. The hottest day of the year is August 6, with an average high of 96°F and low of 79°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 10 to February 13, with an average daily high temperature below 90°F. The coldest day of the year is January 21, with an average low of 70°F and high of 88°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
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Garissa, Kenya (7,679 miles away); Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka (9,843 miles); and Esperanza, Philippines (10,155 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Dessalines (view comparison).
In Dessalines, 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 Dessalines begins around November 16 and lasts for 5.7 months, ending around May 5. On January 30, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 82% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 18% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around May 5 and lasts for 6.3 months, ending around November 16. On June 3, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 80% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 20% 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 Dessalines varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 7.0 months, from April 21 to November 20, with a greater than 13% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 20% on October 9.
The drier season lasts 5.0 months, from November 20 to April 21. The smallest chance of a wet day is 7% on February 16.
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 20% on October 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. Dessalines experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Dessalines. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 21, with an average total accumulation of 1.9 inches.
The least rain falls around February 4, with an average total accumulation of 0.5 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Dessalines varies over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 58 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 13 hours, 18 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:53 AM on November 7, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 5 minutes later at 6:58 AM on March 14. The earliest sunset is at 5:10 PM on November 25, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 22 minutes later at 7:32 PM on July 4.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Dessalines 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
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
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.
Dessalines experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 9.2 months, from April 2 to January 10, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 57% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is October 11, with muggy conditions 96% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 28, with muggy conditions 45% of the time.
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 Dessalines experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.3 months, from November 1 to May 10, with average wind speeds of more than 7.0 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is December 18, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.6 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.7 months, from May 10 to November 1. The calmest day of the year is September 30, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.4 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Dessalines is from the east throughout the year.
Dessalines 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 3.6 months, from July 18 to November 6, with an average temperature above 84°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is September 9, with an average temperature of 85°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.4 months, from January 6 to April 19, with an average temperature below 81°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 23, with an average temperature of 80°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Dessalines 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 Dessalines for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid December to early March, with a peak score in the second week of January.
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 Dessalines for hot-weather activities is from late November to mid April, with a peak score in the second week of January.
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 Dessalines 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 March 4 to May 4, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is April 12, with an average of 6.8 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from September 6 to January 7, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 5.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is October 10, with an average of 4.5 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Dessalines are 19.262 deg latitude, -72.513 deg longitude, and 98 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Dessalines contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,909 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 515 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,816 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (5,896 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Dessalines is covered by cropland (52%), grassland (29%), and trees (11%), within 10 miles by cropland (50%) and grassland (28%), and within 50 miles by water (35%) and cropland (31%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Dessalines, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Dessalines 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 Dessalines, 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 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.