Average Weather in I-n-Salah Algeria
In I-n-Salah, the summers are sweltering, arid, and clear; the winters are cool, dry, and mostly clear; and it is windy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 42°F to 113°F and is rarely below 37°F or above 117°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best times of year to visit I-n-Salah for hot-weather activities are from late March to late May and from late September to early November.
The hot season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 27 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 104°F. The hottest day of the year is July 8, with an average high of 113°F and low of 84°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 23 to February 24, with an average daily high temperature below 78°F. The coldest day of the year is January 12, with an average low of 42°F and high of 69°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
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
In I-n-Salah, 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 I-n-Salah begins around June 10 and lasts for 3.1 months, ending around September 13. On July 16, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 98% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 2% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around September 13 and lasts for 8.9 months, ending around June 10. On October 20, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 31% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 69% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
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I-n-Salah does not experience significant seasonal variation in the frequency of wet days (i.e., those with greater than 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation). The frequency ranges from 0% to 2%, with an average value of 1%.
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 2% on March 16.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
The sliding 31-day quantity of rainfall in I-n-Salah does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 0.1 inches of 0.1 inches throughout.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in I-n-Salah varies over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 26 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 13 hours, 51 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:54 AM on June 10, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 46 minutes later at 7:41 AM on January 11. The earliest sunset is at 5:55 PM on November 30, and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 53 minutes later at 7:48 PM on July 1.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in I-n-Salah 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.
The perceived humidity level in I-n-Salah, 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
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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 I-n-Salah experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 2.2 months, from June 29 to September 3, with average wind speeds of more than 11.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is July 30, with an average hourly wind speed of 13.4 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 9.8 months, from September 3 to June 29. The calmest day of the year is November 18, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in I-n-Salah is from the east throughout the year.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in I-n-Salah 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 I-n-Salah for general outdoor tourist activities are from mid February to early April and from late October to late November, with a peak score in the second week of March.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit I-n-Salah for hot-weather activities are from late March to late May and from late September to early November, with a peak score in the second week of October.
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 I-n-Salah 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 experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 4.4 months, from April 15 to August 27, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.2 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 10, with an average of 7.9 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from November 2 to February 1, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.8 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 13, with an average of 4.0 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of I-n-Salah are 27.194 deg latitude, 2.461 deg longitude, and 896 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of I-n-Salah contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 135 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 906 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (548 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,729 feet).
The area within 2 miles of I-n-Salah is covered by bare soil (87%), within 10 miles by bare soil (99%), and within 50 miles by bare soil (100%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in I-n-Salah, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
I-n-Salah is further than 200 kilometers from the nearest reliable weather station, so the weather-related data on this page were taken entirely from NASA's MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis . 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.
The temperature and dew point estimates are corrected for the difference between the reference elevation of the MERRA-2 grid cell and the elevation of I-n-Salah, according to the International Standard Atmosphere .
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.
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.