Climate and Average Weather Year Round in La Paz Bolivia
The climate in La Paz is cool and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 28°F to 60°F and is rarely below 23°F or above 65°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit La Paz for warm-weather activities are from late April to late May and from late August to early December.
Average Temperature in La Paz
The temperature in La Paz varies so little throughout the year that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss hot and cold seasons.
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.
Cerro La Calera, Mexico (3,276 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to La Paz (view comparison).
In La Paz, 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 La Paz begins around April 26 and lasts for 4.9 months, ending around September 23.
The clearest month of the year in La Paz is July, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 61% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around September 23 and lasts for 7.1 months, ending around April 26.
The cloudiest month of the year in La Paz is January, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 86% 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 La Paz varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 3.5 months, from December 9 to March 26, with a greater than 26% chance of a given day being a wet day. The month with the most wet days in La Paz is January, with an average of 14.8 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
The drier season lasts 8.5 months, from March 26 to December 9. The month with the fewest wet days in La Paz is July, with an average of 0.9 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. The month with the most days of rain alone in La Paz is January, with an average of 14.8 days. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 50% on January 9.
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. La Paz experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 7.4 months, from September 14 to April 26, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The month with the most rain in La Paz is January, with an average rainfall of 3.5 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.6 months, from April 26 to September 14. The month with the least rain in La Paz is June, with an average rainfall of 0.1 inches.
The length of the day in La Paz varies over the course of the year. In 2023, the shortest day is June 21, with 11 hours, 9 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 13 hours, 7 minutes of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 5:49 AM on November 23, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 12 minutes later at 7:02 AM on July 8. The earliest sunset is at 6:06 PM on June 2, and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 6 minutes later at 7:12 PM on January 19.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in La Paz during 2023.
The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2023. 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.
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 La Paz, 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.
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 La Paz experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.5 months, from August 22 to April 6, with average wind speeds of more than 7.0 miles per hour. The windiest month of the year in La Paz is January, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.0 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.5 months, from April 6 to August 22. The calmest month of the year in La Paz is May, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.0 miles per hour.
The predominant average hourly wind direction in La Paz varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the east for 1.4 weeks, from January 9 to January 19 and for 2.0 weeks, from March 2 to March 16, with a peak percentage of 46% on March 4. The wind is most often from the north for 1.5 months, from January 19 to March 2 and for 9.8 months, from March 16 to January 9, with a peak percentage of 48% on February 19.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in La Paz 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 La Paz for general outdoor tourist activities are from late April to late May and from late August to early December, with a peak score in the first week of November.
Tourism Score in La Paz
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F.
Beach/Pool Score in La Paz
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 La Paz typically lasts for 6.2 months (189 days), from around October 17 to around April 23, rarely starting before September 16 or after November 26, and rarely ending before April 1 or after May 14.
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 La Paz should appear around September 2, only rarely appearing before August 15 or after September 21.
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 1.9 months, from October 6 to December 4, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.6 kWh. The brightest month of the year in La Paz is November, with an average of 6.8 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.0 months, from May 19 to July 18, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 5.6 kWh. The darkest month of the year in La Paz is June, with an average of 5.4 kWh.
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of La Paz are -16.500 deg latitude, -68.150 deg longitude, and 12,408 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of La Paz contains large variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 2,126 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 12,733 feet. Within 10 miles contains large variations in elevation (7,297 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (18,947 feet).
The area within 2 miles of La Paz is covered by artificial surfaces (100%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (39%) and grassland (23%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (25%) and grassland (25%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in La Paz, 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 is only a single weather station, El Alto International Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of La Paz.
At a distance of 5 kilometers from La Paz, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.
The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and La Paz according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.
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 .
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