Average Weather in Kétou Benin
In Kétou, the wet season is overcast, the dry season is partly cloudy, and it is hot and oppressive year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 72°F to 95°F and is rarely below 66°F or above 98°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Kétou for hot-weather activities is from early December to late January.
The hot season lasts for 2.6 months, from January 16 to April 5, with an average daily high temperature above 92°F. The hottest day of the year is February 21, with an average high of 95°F and low of 76°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from June 26 to September 21, with an average daily high temperature below 86°F. The coldest day of the year is December 30, with an average low of 72°F and high of 92°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
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In Kétou, 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 Kétou begins around November 4 and lasts for 3.2 months, ending around February 11. On December 26, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 59% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 41% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around February 11 and lasts for 8.8 months, ending around November 4. On April 24, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 83% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 17% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
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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 Kétou varies very significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 6.5 months, from April 11 to October 26, with a greater than 45% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 86% on September 22.
The drier season lasts 5.5 months, from October 26 to April 11. The smallest chance of a wet day is 4% on December 29.
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 86% on September 22.
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. Kétou experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 9.5 months, from February 6 to November 22, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around September 12, with an average total accumulation of 7.6 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.4 months, from November 22 to February 6. The least rain falls around January 3, with an average total accumulation of 0.2 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Kétou does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 33 minutes of 12 hours throughout. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 11 hours, 42 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 12 hours, 33 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:31 AM on May 26, and the latest sunrise is 37 minutes later at 7:08 AM on January 30. The earliest sunset is at 6:27 PM on November 12, and the latest sunset is 43 minutes later at 7:10 PM on July 14.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Kétou during 2021.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
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
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.
Kétou experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 11 months, from January 30 to December 21, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 76% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 15, with muggy conditions 100% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 10, with muggy conditions 68% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels
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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 Kétou experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.0 months, from February 17 to September 17, with average wind speeds of more than 5.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is August 2, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.5 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.0 months, from September 17 to February 17. The calmest day of the year is November 20, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Kétou varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 12 months, from January 1 to December 23, with a peak percentage of 82% on April 22. The wind is most often from the east for 1.3 weeks, from December 23 to January 1, with a peak percentage of 34% on December 28.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Kétou 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 times of year to visit Kétou for general outdoor tourist activities are from mid July to late August and from mid December to mid January, with a peak score in the last week of December.
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 Kétou for hot-weather activities is from early December to late January, with a peak score in the last week of December.
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 Kétou 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
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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
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 per square meter does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining within 0.4 kilowatt-hours of 4.7 kilowatt-hours throughout.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Kétou are 7.363 deg latitude, 2.600 deg longitude, and 338 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Kétou contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 279 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 359 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (840 feet). Within 50 miles also contains very significant variations in elevation (1,654 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Kétou is covered by cropland (36%), trees (28%), shrubs (24%), and grassland (12%), within 10 miles by cropland (33%) and shrubs (32%), and within 50 miles by cropland (40%) and trees (25%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Kétou, 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 Kétou.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Kétou 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 Kétou is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Kétou and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Cana Airport (39%, 63 kilometers, west); Save Airport (29%, 76 kilometers, north); Cotonou Airport (16%, 115 kilometers, south); and Murtala Mohammed International Airport (15%, 118 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 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.