Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Bubaque Guinea-Bissau
In Bubaque, the wet season is oppressive and overcast, the dry season is muggy and partly cloudy, and it is hot year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 72°F to 90°F and is rarely below 69°F or above 96°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Bubaque for hot-weather activities is from late November to mid May.
Climate in Bubaque
Average Temperature in Bubaque
The temperature in Bubaque varies so little throughout the year that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss hot and cold seasons.
Average High and Low Temperature in Bubaque
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 Bubaque
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In Bubaque, 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 Bubaque begins around November 13 and lasts for 6.7 months, ending around June 2. On March 2, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 63% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 37% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around June 2 and lasts for 5.3 months, ending around November 13. On August 20, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 85% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 15% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories in Bubaque
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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 Bubaque varies very significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.0 months, from June 16 to October 15, with a greater than 44% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 87% on August 20.
The drier season lasts 8.0 months, from October 15 to June 16. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on February 23.
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 87% on August 20.
Daily Chance of Precipitation in Bubaque
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. Bubaque experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.0 months, from May 14 to November 14, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around August 16, with an average total accumulation of 17.7 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 6.0 months, from November 14 to May 14. The least rain falls around February 27, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in Bubaque
The length of the day in Bubaque does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 47 minutes of 12 hours throughout. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 11 hours, 28 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 12 hours, 47 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Bubaque
The earliest sunrise is at 6:38 AM on May 30, and the latest sunrise is 49 minutes later at 7:27 AM on January 26. The earliest sunset is at 6:36 PM on November 17, and the latest sunset is 55 minutes later at 7:31 PM on July 10.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Bubaque during 2021.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Bubaque
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 Bubaque
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.
Bubaque experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 10 months, from February 11 to December 17, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 41% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is September 23, with muggy conditions 100% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 9, with muggy conditions 21% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in Bubaque
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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 Bubaque experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 2.8 months, from June 22 to September 15, with average wind speeds of more than 8.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is August 8, with an average hourly wind speed of 11.5 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 9.2 months, from September 15 to June 22. The calmest day of the year is October 28, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in Bubaque
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Bubaque varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 8.2 months, from February 24 to October 30, with a peak percentage of 84% on May 22. The wind is most often from the north for 3.9 months, from October 30 to February 24, with a peak percentage of 66% on January 1.
Wind Direction in Bubaque
Bubaque 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 2.2 months, from September 26 to December 1, with an average temperature above 83°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is November 3, with an average temperature of 84°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.3 months, from January 3 to April 13, with an average temperature below 78°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is January 27, with an average temperature of 76°F.
Average Water Temperature in Bubaque
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Bubaque 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 Bubaque for general outdoor tourist activities is from late December to early May, with a peak score in the third week of January.
Tourism Score in Bubaque
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 Bubaque for hot-weather activities is from late November to mid May, with a peak score in the last week of February.
Beach/Pool Score in Bubaque
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 Bubaque 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 in Bubaque
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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 in Bubaque
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 2.8 months, from February 21 to May 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.3 kWh. The brightest day of the year is April 9, with an average of 6.9 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 4.6 months, from June 19 to November 6, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is July 16, with an average of 3.8 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Bubaque
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Bubaque are 11.283 deg latitude, -15.833 deg longitude, and 85 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Bubaque contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 135 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 32 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (164 feet). Within 50 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (256 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Bubaque is covered by water (47%), trees (20%), and mangroves (12%), within 10 miles by water (78%), and within 50 miles by water (80%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Bubaque, 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, Bissau Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Bubaque.
At a distance of 71 kilometers from Bubaque, 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 Bubaque 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 .
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.