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Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Denton Gambia

In Denton, the wet season is hot, oppressive, and overcast and the dry season is sweltering and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 63°F to 105°F and is rarely below 57°F or above 108°F.

Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Denton for hot-weather activities is from late November to mid March.

Climate in Denton

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Denton weather by month. Click on each chart for more information.

Average Temperature in Denton

The hot season lasts for 3.0 months, from March 6 to June 6, with an average daily high temperature above 101°F. The hottest day of the year is April 30, with an average high of 105°F and low of 77°F.

The cool season lasts for 2.5 months, from July 17 to October 1, with an average daily high temperature below 92°F. The coldest day of the year is December 26, with an average low of 63°F and high of 94°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in Denton

Average High and Low Temperature in DentonhotcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°F110°F110°FDec 2694°FDec 2694°FApr 30105°FApr 30105°F63°F63°F77°F77°FMar 6101°FMar 6101°FJun 6101°FJun 6101°FJul 1792°FJul 1792°FOct 192°FOct 192°F72°F72°F79°F79°F77°F77°F75°F75°FNowNow
The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

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 Denton

Average Hourly Temperature in DentonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowcomfortablecomfortablewarmwarmhothotswelteringcoolwarmcoolsweltering
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Ad Dindar, Sudan (3,299 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Denton (view comparison).

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Clouds

In Denton, 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 Denton begins around November 15 and lasts for 7.2 months, ending around June 23. On March 18, 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 23 and lasts for 4.8 months, ending around November 15. On August 31, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 77% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 23% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories in Denton

Cloud Cover Categories in DentonclearerclearercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Mar 1863%Mar 1863%Aug 3123%Aug 3123%Nov 1543%Nov 1543%Jun 2344%Jun 2344%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Denton varies very significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 3.4 months, from June 24 to October 5, with a greater than 43% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 87% on August 24.

The drier season lasts 8.6 months, from October 5 to June 24. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on January 27.

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 24.

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Denton

Daily Chance of Precipitation in DentonwetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Aug 2487%Aug 2487%Jan 270%Jan 270%Jan 11%Jan 11%Jun 2443%Jun 2443%Oct 543%Oct 543%NowNowrain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

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. Denton experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 5.4 months, from May 20 to November 1, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around August 22, with an average total accumulation of 9.4 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 6.6 months, from November 1 to May 20. The least rain falls around February 26, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in Denton

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Denton varies over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 11 hours, 20 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 12 hours, 55 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Denton

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in DentonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 6 minMar 2012 hr, 6 minMar 2012 hr, 55 minJun 2112 hr, 55 minJun 2112 hr, 7 minSep 2212 hr, 7 minSep 2211 hr, 20 minDec 2111 hr, 20 minDec 21nightnightdayNowNow
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 6:31 AM on June 1, and the latest sunrise is 56 minutes later at 7:27 AM on January 22. The earliest sunset is at 6:29 PM on November 19, and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 2 minutes later at 7:31 PM on July 8.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Denton during 2021.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Denton

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in DentonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 16:31 AMJun 16:31 AM7:31 PMJul 87:31 PMJul 8Nov 196:29 PMNov 196:29 PM7:27 AMJan 227:27 AMJan 22daynightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2021. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.

Moon

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 Denton

The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Humidity

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.

Denton experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 6.4 months, from May 8 to November 20, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 25% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is September 1, with muggy conditions 100% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is January 12, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels in Denton

Humidity Comfort Levels in DentonmuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jan 120%Jan 120%100%Sep 1100%Sep 1May 825%May 825%Nov 2025%Nov 2025%NowNowmiserablemiserableoppressiveoppressivedrydrymuggymuggyhumidhumid
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

Wind

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 Denton experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from December 4 to July 12, with average wind speeds of more than 7.6 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 31, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.1 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 4.7 months, from July 12 to December 4. The calmest day of the year is October 14, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.1 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in Denton

Average Wind Speed in DentonwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mphJan 3110.1 mphJan 3110.1 mphOct 145.1 mphOct 145.1 mphDec 47.6 mphDec 47.6 mphJul 127.6 mphJul 127.6 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Denton varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the north for 3.6 months, from January 13 to May 1, with a peak percentage of 64% on March 7. The wind is most often from the west for 6.0 months, from May 1 to November 1, with a peak percentage of 68% on June 18. The wind is most often from the east for 2.4 months, from November 1 to January 13, with a peak percentage of 55% on January 1.

Wind Direction in Denton

Wind Direction in DentonENWEJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwesteastnorthsouth
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Denton 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 Denton for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid December to early February, with a peak score in the second week of January.

Tourism Score in Denton

Tourism Score in DentonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810105.65.62.12.1NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature tourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

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 Denton for hot-weather activities is from late November to mid March, with a peak score in the last week of January.

Beach/Pool Score in Denton

Beach/Pool Score in Dentonbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810107.07.03.33.3NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature beach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

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.

Growing Season

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 Denton 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 Denton

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in DentonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%100%Jan 1100%Jan 1100%Jul 3100%Jul 3NowNowcoolwarmhotswelteringcomfortable
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

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 Denton

Growing Degree Days in DentonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F2,000°F2,000°F4,000°F4,000°F6,000°F6,000°F8,000°F8,000°F10,000°F10,000°FJan 390°FJan 390°FDec 3111,369°FDec 3111,369°FNowNow
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

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 2.5 months, from March 7 to May 24, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.6 kWh. The brightest day of the year is April 12, with an average of 7.1 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 5.7 months, from July 15 to January 5, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 5.1 kWh. The darkest day of the year is August 23, with an average of 4.6 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Denton

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in DentonbrightdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWhApr 127.1 kWhApr 127.1 kWhAug 234.6 kWhAug 234.6 kWhMay 246.6 kWhMay 246.6 kWhJul 155.1 kWhJul 155.1 kWhJan 55.1 kWhJan 55.1 kWhNowNow
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Denton are 13.500 deg latitude, -14.933 deg longitude, and 59 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Denton contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 118 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 75 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (194 feet). Within 50 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (315 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Denton is covered by cropland (73%) and grassland (11%), within 10 miles by cropland (43%) and shrubs (24%), and within 50 miles by cropland (37%) and trees (32%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Denton, 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 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Denton.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Denton 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 Denton is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Denton and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Kolda North Airport (GOGK, 75%, 69 kilometers, south) and Tambacounda (GOTT, 25%, 141 kilometers, east).

Other Data

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.

Disclaimer

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.