Average Weather in Matadi Congo - Kinshasa
In Matadi, the wet season is oppressive and overcast, the dry season is muggy and partly cloudy, and it is hot year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 66°F to 92°F and is rarely below 62°F or above 96°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Matadi for hot-weather activities is from early June to mid September.
The temperature in Matadi varies so little throughout the year that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss hot and cold seasons.
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 Matadi, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Matadi begins around May 24 and lasts for 4.4 months, ending around October 4. On July 9, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 68% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 32% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 4 and lasts for 7.6 months, ending around May 24. On April 18, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 82% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 18% 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 Matadi varies very significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 7.1 months, from October 16 to May 20, with a greater than 33% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 66% on November 26.
The drier season lasts 4.9 months, from May 20 to October 16. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on July 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 66% on November 26.
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. Matadi experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.7 months, from September 23 to June 14, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around November 16, with an average total accumulation of 6.2 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from June 14 to September 23. The least rain falls around July 14, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Matadi does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 27 minutes of 12 hours throughout. In 2021, the shortest day is June 21, with 11 hours, 47 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 12 hours, 28 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:39 AM on November 12, and the latest sunrise is 39 minutes later at 6:17 AM on July 17. The earliest sunset is at 5:57 PM on May 22, and the latest sunset is 33 minutes later at 6:30 PM on January 31.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Matadi 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.
Matadi experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 10 months, from September 1 to July 9, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 49% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is April 26, with muggy conditions 100% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is July 31, with muggy conditions 32% 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 Matadi experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from July 24 to October 25, with average wind speeds of more than 3.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is September 12, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.9 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 9.0 months, from October 25 to July 24. The calmest day of the year is May 5, with an average hourly wind speed of 2.4 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Matadi varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 3.7 months, from March 4 to June 25, with a peak percentage of 53% on May 29. The wind is most often from the west for 8.3 months, from June 25 to March 4, with a peak percentage of 55% on January 1.
Matadi 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 3.2 months, from January 19 to April 26, with an average temperature above 81°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is March 14, with an average temperature of 83°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 2.4 months, from June 29 to September 10, with an average temperature below 73°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is August 2, with an average temperature of 71°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Matadi 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 Matadi for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid June to mid August, with a peak score in the second 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 Matadi for hot-weather activities is from early June to mid September, with a peak score in the last week of June.
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 Matadi 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 some seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 1.8 months, from August 20 to October 15, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.5 kWh. The brightest day of the year is September 23, with an average of 5.9 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 1.0 months, from April 8 to May 10, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.6 kWh. The darkest day of the year is April 24, with an average of 4.3 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Matadi are -5.839 deg latitude, 13.463 deg longitude, and 600 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Matadi contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,647 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 629 feet. Within 10 miles also contains very significant variations in elevation (1,772 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,316 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Matadi is covered by herbaceous vegetation (80%) and shrubs (11%), within 10 miles by shrubs (67%) and trees (17%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (53%) and trees (31%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Matadi, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Matadi 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 Matadi, 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.