Average Weather in Port Angeles Washington, United States
In Port Angeles, the summers are short, comfortable, dry, and partly cloudy and the winters are long, very cold, wet, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 35°F to 71°F and is rarely below 26°F or above 83°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Port Angeles for warm-weather activities is from mid July to late August.
The warm season lasts for 2.9 months, from June 23 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 66°F. The hottest day of the year is August 2, with an average high of 71°F and low of 53°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.8 months, from November 13 to March 5, with an average daily high temperature below 50°F. The coldest day of the year is December 29, with an average low of 35°F and high of 45°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 Port Angeles, 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 Port Angeles begins around June 10 and lasts for 3.7 months, ending around September 30. On August 2, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 75% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 25% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around September 30 and lasts for 8.3 months, ending around June 10. On January 20, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 71% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 29% 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 Port Angeles varies very significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 6.6 months, from October 9 to April 27, with a greater than 35% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 61% on November 17.
The drier season lasts 5.5 months, from April 27 to October 9. The smallest chance of a wet day is 8% on July 31.
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 60% on November 17.
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. Port Angeles experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Port Angeles. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around November 21, with an average total accumulation of 8.8 inches.
The least rain falls around July 29, with an average total accumulation of 0.6 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Port Angeles does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 0.1 inches of 0.1 inches throughout.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Port Angeles varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2020, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 21 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 16 hours, 4 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:13 AM on June 15, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 51 minutes later at 8:04 AM on December 31. The earliest sunset is at 4:19 PM on December 10, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 58 minutes later at 9:17 PM on June 24.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Port Angeles during 2020, starting in the spring on March 8, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 1.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
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 Port Angeles, 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
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 Port Angeles experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.8 months, from October 20 to April 13, with average wind speeds of more than 4.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is December 3, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.3 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.2 months, from April 13 to October 20. The calmest day of the year is August 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.5 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Port Angeles varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 6.0 months, from April 5 to October 6, with a peak percentage of 69% on July 17. The wind is most often from the south for 6.0 months, from October 6 to April 5, with a peak percentage of 41% on January 1.
Port Angeles 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 3.0 months, from June 19 to September 19, with an average temperature above 52°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 6, with an average temperature of 54°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.9 months, from December 7 to April 4, with an average temperature below 48°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is January 30, with an average temperature of 46°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Port Angeles 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 Port Angeles for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid July 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 Port Angeles for hot-weather activities is from late July to mid August, with a peak score in the first week of August.
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 Port Angeles typically lasts for 8.0 months (243 days), from around March 16 to around November 15, rarely starting before February 16 or after April 16, and rarely ending before October 24 or after December 10.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and 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.
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Port Angeles should appear around May 7, only rarely appearing before April 22 or after May 29.
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 3.3 months, from May 11 to August 20, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.8 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 16, with an average of 7.0 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.9 months, from October 22 to February 19, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.1 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 25, with an average of 0.9 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Port Angeles are 48.118 deg latitude, -123.431 deg longitude, and 125 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Port Angeles contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 551 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 132 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (6,342 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (7,848 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Port Angeles is covered by artificial surfaces (55%) and water (39%), within 10 miles by water (45%) and trees (40%), and within 50 miles by trees (53%) and water (32%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Port Angeles, 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 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Port Angeles.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Port Angeles 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 Port Angeles is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Port Angeles and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: William R Fairchild International Airport (94%, 5.0 kilometers, west); AJ Eisenberg Airport (3.9%, 59 kilometers, east); and Bremerton National Airport (2.1%, 86 kilometers, southeast).
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.
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.