Average Weather in Downpatrick United Kingdom
In Downpatrick, the summers are cool and windy; the winters are long, very cold, wet, and extremely windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 38°F to 64°F and is rarely below 31°F or above 70°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Downpatrick for warm-weather activities is from late June to late August.
The warm season lasts for 3.1 months, from June 12 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 60°F. The hottest day of the year is July 31, with an average high of 64°F and low of 54°F.
The cool season lasts for 4.2 months, from November 21 to March 28, with an average daily high temperature below 49°F. The coldest day of the year is February 17, with an average low of 38°F and high of 46°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
In Downpatrick, 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 Downpatrick begins around April 4 and lasts for 6.3 months, ending around October 13. On July 15, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 50% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 50% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 13 and lasts for 5.7 months, ending around April 4. On January 27, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 67% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 33% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Downpatrick varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.0 months, from October 8 to February 7, with a greater than 36% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 44% on January 3.
The drier season lasts 8.0 months, from February 7 to October 8. The smallest chance of a wet day is 27% on April 21.
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 44% on January 3.
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. Downpatrick experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Downpatrick. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around October 25, with an average total accumulation of 3.3 inches.
The least rain falls around May 2, with an average total accumulation of 1.7 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Downpatrick varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 7 hours, 18 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 17 hours, 13 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 4:47 AM on June 18, and the latest sunrise is 3 hours, 56 minutes later at 8:43 AM on December 29. The earliest sunset is at 3:58 PM on December 14, and the latest sunset is 6 hours, 3 minutes later at 10:01 PM on June 24.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Downpatrick during 2021, starting in the spring on March 28, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 31.
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
The perceived humidity level in Downpatrick, 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
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Downpatrick experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.8 months, from October 4 to March 28, with average wind speeds of more than 14.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 3, with an average hourly wind speed of 18.4 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.2 months, from March 28 to October 4. The calmest day of the year is July 24, with an average hourly wind speed of 11.0 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Downpatrick varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 1.9 months, from April 10 to June 7 and for 1.9 weeks, from October 2 to October 15, with a peak percentage of 36% on October 12. The wind is most often from the west for 3.8 months, from June 7 to October 2 and for 5.8 months, from October 15 to April 10, with a peak percentage of 39% on August 22.
Downpatrick 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 3.7 months, from July 3 to October 26, with an average temperature above 55°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 21, with an average temperature of 58°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.5 months, from January 15 to April 29, with an average temperature below 48°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is March 11, with an average temperature of 45°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Downpatrick 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 Downpatrick for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the last week of July.
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 Downpatrick for hot-weather activities is from mid July to early August, with a peak score in the third week of July.
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.
The growing season in Downpatrick typically lasts for 8.1 months (248 days), from around March 28 to around November 30, rarely starting before February 23 or after April 22, and rarely ending before November 3 or after December 29.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Downpatrick should appear around May 22, only rarely appearing before May 11 or after June 7.
Growing Degree Days
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 3.5 months, from April 29 to August 12, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 4.8 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 14, with an average of 5.9 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from October 23 to February 22, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.5 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 22, with an average of 0.5 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Downpatrick are 54.328 deg latitude, -5.715 deg longitude, and 36 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Downpatrick contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 295 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 79 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,394 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,785 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Downpatrick is covered by cropland (35%), grassland (34%), artificial surfaces (16%), and trees (12%), within 10 miles by grassland (52%) and water (27%), and within 50 miles by water (58%) and grassland (32%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Downpatrick, 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 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Downpatrick.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Downpatrick 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 Downpatrick is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Downpatrick and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Belfast International Airport (42%, 49 kilometers, northwest); Isle Of Man / Ronaldsway Airport (22%, 76 kilometers, east); West Freugh (22%, 76 kilometers, northeast); and Dublin Airport (13%, 107 kilometers, south).
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.
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .