Average Weather in Grytviken South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands
In Grytviken, the summers are short and very cold; the winters are long, freezing, and dry; and it is extremely windy and overcast year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 26°F to 40°F and is rarely below 19°F or above 43°F.
The warm season lasts for 3.0 months, from December 29 to March 28, with an average daily high temperature above 38°F. The hottest day of the year is February 24, with an average high of 40°F and low of 36°F.
The cold season lasts for 4.2 months, from June 3 to October 11, with an average daily high temperature below 33°F. The coldest day of the year is July 23, with an average low of 26°F and high of 31°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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In Grytviken, 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 Grytviken begins around September 30 and lasts for 6.1 months, ending around April 2. On December 15, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 37% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 63% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around April 2 and lasts for 5.9 months, ending around September 30. On June 20, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 79% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 21% 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 Grytviken varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.9 months, from November 15 to May 13, with a greater than 33% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 44% on January 26.
The drier season lasts 6.1 months, from May 13 to November 15. The smallest chance of a wet day is 21% on October 4.
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 in Grytviken changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 10 months, from August 21 to August 27 and from September 20 to July 25. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 44% on January 26.
Mixed snow and rain is the most common for 1.5 months, from July 25 to August 21 and from September 2 to September 20. The highest chance of a day with mixed snow and rain is 10% on July 29.
Snow alone is the most common for 6.0 days, from August 27 to September 2. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 10% on August 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. Grytviken experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Grytviken. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 7, with an average total accumulation of 2.9 inches.
The least rain falls around August 3, with an average total accumulation of 0.7 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. Grytviken experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from April 21 to November 29, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around September 9, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.6 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 4.7 months, from November 29 to April 21. The least snow falls around February 8, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Grytviken varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2020, the shortest day is June 20, with 7 hours, 19 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 17 hours, 13 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 3:46 AM on December 14, and the latest sunrise is 5 hours, 3 minutes later at 8:48 AM on June 24. The earliest sunset is at 4:06 PM on June 16, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 56 minutes later at 9:02 PM on December 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Grytviken during 2020.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2020. 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.
The perceived humidity level in Grytviken, 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 Grytviken experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.7 months, from June 12 to November 4, with average wind speeds of more than 18.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is August 28, with an average hourly wind speed of 20.3 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.3 months, from November 4 to June 12. The calmest day of the year is December 21, with an average hourly wind speed of 17.0 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Grytviken is from the west throughout the year.
Grytviken 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 3.1 months, from January 10 to April 14, with an average temperature above 37°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is March 2, with an average temperature of 38°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.1 months, from June 30 to November 3, with an average temperature below 34°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is September 7, with an average temperature of 32°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Grytviken throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F.
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 Grytviken typically lasts for 2.6 months (76 days), from around December 30 to around March 17, rarely starting before December 2, or ending after April 20.
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 extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 2.6 months, from November 10 to January 29, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 4.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is December 20, with an average of 5.4 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 4.4 months, from April 13 to August 26, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is June 20, with an average of 0.4 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Grytviken are -54.281 deg latitude, -36.509 deg longitude, and 13 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Grytviken contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,926 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 570 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (7,513 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (9,669 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Grytviken is covered by snow and glaciers (51%), water (24%), and shrubs (11%), within 10 miles by snow and glaciers (52%) and water (43%), and within 50 miles by water (83%) and snow and glaciers (16%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Grytviken, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Grytviken 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 Grytviken, 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.