Average Weather in Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur France
In Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur, the summers are comfortable, the winters are freezing, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 22°F to 73°F and is rarely below 12°F or above 81°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur for warm-weather activities is from late June to late August.
The warm season lasts for 3.0 months, from June 13 to September 11, with an average daily high temperature above 66°F. The hottest day of the year is August 5, with an average high of 73°F and low of 53°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.7 months, from November 18 to March 8, with an average daily high temperature below 43°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of 22°F and high of 36°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 Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur, 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 Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur begins around June 18 and lasts for 2.9 months, ending around September 14. On July 21, 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 14 and lasts for 9.1 months, ending around June 18. On May 8, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 54% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 46% 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 Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 9.0 months, from September 18 to June 18, with a greater than 22% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 28% on May 7.
The drier season lasts 3.0 months, from June 18 to September 18. The smallest chance of a wet day is 16% on July 6.
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 28% on May 7.
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. Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around October 21, with an average total accumulation of 2.7 inches.
The least rain falls around January 31, with an average total accumulation of 0.9 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.9 months, from November 7 to April 3, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 19, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.6 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.1 months, from April 3 to November 7. The least snow falls around July 31, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 48 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 35 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:49 AM on June 15, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 23 minutes later at 8:12 AM on January 2. The earliest sunset is at 4:55 PM on December 10, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 30 minutes later at 9:25 PM on June 26.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur during 2018, starting in the spring on March 25, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 28.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
The perceived humidity level in Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur, 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
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 8.1 months, from January 27 to September 29 and for 1.9 weeks, from December 18 to December 31, with a peak percentage of 41% on March 16. The wind is most often from the east for 2.6 months, from September 29 to December 18 and for 3.9 weeks, from December 31 to January 27, with a peak percentage of 39% on November 30.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur 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 Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the first week of August.
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 Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the last 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 Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur typically lasts for 5.9 months (180 days), from around April 25 to around October 22, rarely starting before April 6 or after May 17, and rarely ending before October 5 or after November 10.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur should appear around May 16, only rarely appearing before May 4 or after June 1.
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 3.1 months, from May 13 to August 18, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 6, with an average of 7.6 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from October 27 to February 9, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.9 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 19, with an average of 1.7 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur are 44.683 deg latitude, 6.083 deg longitude, and 3,819 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,844 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 3,679 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (7,976 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (12,717 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur is covered by cropland (60%) and trees (24%), within 10 miles by trees (30%) and grassland (22%), and within 50 miles by trees (45%) and grassland (18%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur, 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 7 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur 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 Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban Airport (23%, 69 kilometers, south); Grenoble-Isère Airport (17%, 96 kilometers, northwest); Chambéry Airport (13%, 107 kilometers, north); Montélimar-Ancône (12%, 108 kilometers, west); Orange-Caritat (11%, 114 kilometers, southwest); Cuneo International Airport (13%, 123 kilometers, east); and Turin Caselle Airport (11%, 136 kilometers, northeast).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .