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Average Weather in Houndé Burkina Faso

In Houndé, the wet season is hot, oppressive, and mostly cloudy and the dry season is sweltering and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 65°F to 101°F and is rarely below 60°F or above 105°F.

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

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The hot season lasts for 2.5 months, from February 24 to May 7, with an average daily high temperature above 97°F. The hottest day of the year is March 30, with an average high of 101°F and low of 80°F.

The cool season lasts for 2.4 months, from July 5 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature below 88°F. The coldest day of the year is January 1, with an average low of 65°F and high of 90°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

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

Average Hourly Temperature in HoundéJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMNowNowcomfortablecomfortablewarmwarmhothotswelteringhot
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.

Kalyān, India (5,103 miles away); Tharyarwady, Myanmar (Burma) (6,584 miles); and Thap Khlo, Thailand (6,918 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Houndé (view comparison).

Clouds

In Houndé, 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 Houndé begins around October 25 and lasts for 4.4 months, ending around March 5. On January 2, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 67% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 33% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around March 5 and lasts for 7.6 months, ending around October 25. On August 14, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 71% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 28% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in HoundéclearerclearercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jan 267%Jan 267%Aug 1428%Aug 1428%Oct 2547%Oct 2547%Mar 548%Mar 548%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 Houndé varies very significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 4.7 months, from May 12 to October 2, with a greater than 44% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 88% on August 18.

The drier season lasts 7.3 months, from October 2 to May 12. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on December 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 throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 88% on August 18.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in HoundéwetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Aug 1888%Aug 1888%Dec 40%Dec 40%May 1244%May 1244%Oct 244%Oct 244%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. Houndé experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 7.1 months, from March 27 to October 31, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around August 17, with an average total accumulation of 7.9 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.9 months, from October 31 to March 27. The least rain falls around December 18, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

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 Houndé does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 48 minutes of 12 hours throughout. In 2020, the shortest day is December 21, with 11 hours, 27 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 12 hours, 48 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

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 5:49 AM on May 30, and the latest sunrise is 49 minutes later at 6:38 AM on January 26. The earliest sunset is at 5:46 PM on November 18, and the latest sunset is 56 minutes later at 6:42 PM on July 10.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Houndé during 2020.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in HoundéJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMMay 305:49 AMMay 305:49 AM6:42 PMJul 106:42 PMJul 10Nov 185:46 PMNov 185:46 PM6:38 AMJan 266:38 AMJan 26daynightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2020. 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.

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.

Houndé experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 7.4 months, from March 27 to November 10, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 25% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 26, with muggy conditions 100% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is December 29, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in HoundémuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Dec 290%Dec 290%100%Aug 26100%Aug 26Mar 2725%Mar 2725%Nov 1025%Nov 1025%NowNowoppressiveoppressivemuggymuggydrydryhumidhumidmiserablemiserable
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 Houndé experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 6.7 months, from November 30 to June 22, with average wind speeds of more than 7.1 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 24, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.3 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 5.3 months, from June 22 to November 30. The calmest day of the year is September 21, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.9 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

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 Houndé varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 7.1 months, from March 27 to October 29, with a peak percentage of 75% on June 9. The wind is most often from the east for 4.9 months, from October 29 to March 27, with a peak percentage of 60% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in HoundéESEJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwestsoutheastnorth
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 Houndé 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 Houndé for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid December to late January, with a peak score in the first week of January.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in HoundéJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468107.17.12.32.33.23.2NowNow precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstourism 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 Houndé for hot-weather activities is from mid November to late February, with a peak score in the third week of December.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Houndébest timebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468107.97.93.93.95.35.34.84.8NowNow precipitationprecipitationtemperaturetemperaturebeach/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 Houndé 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

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in HoundéJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%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 2100%Jul 2NowNowcomfortablewarmhotswelteringcool
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

Growing Degree Days in HoundéJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F2,000°F4,000°F6,000°F8,000°F10,000°FJan 490°FJan 490°FDec 3111,117°FDec 3111,117°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 2.4 months, from February 4 to April 16, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is March 4, with an average of 6.3 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.0 months, from July 13 to September 13, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 5.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is August 14, with an average of 4.9 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in HoundébrightdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWhMar 46.3 kWhMar 46.3 kWhAug 144.9 kWhAug 144.9 kWhApr 166.0 kWhApr 166.0 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 Houndé are 11.500 deg latitude, -3.517 deg longitude, and 1,109 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Houndé contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 223 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,135 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (653 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,109 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Houndé is covered by cropland (38%), grassland (23%), trees (20%), and shrubs (19%), within 10 miles by cropland (29%) and shrubs (25%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (32%) and cropland (29%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Houndé, 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 Houndé.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Boromo Airport (40%, 69 kilometers, northeast); Bobo Dioulasso Airport (24%, 97 kilometers, southwest); Dedougou Airport (21%, 108 kilometers, north); and Gaoua Airport (15%, 135 kilometers, south).

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 aiports 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.