Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Bangui Central African Republic
In Bangui, the summers are short, hot, and muggy; the winters are long, warm, oppressive, and wet; and it is overcast year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 65°F to 94°F and is rarely below 59°F or above 100°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best times of year to visit Bangui for hot-weather activities are from mid June to mid July and from mid November to mid February.
Climate in Bangui
Average Temperature in Bangui
The hot season lasts for 1.8 months, from January 31 to March 26, with an average daily high temperature above 92°F. The hottest day of the year is February 26, with an average high of 94°F and low of 71°F.
The cool season lasts for 4.3 months, from June 18 to October 29, with an average daily high temperature below 86°F. The coldest day of the year is January 5, with an average low of 65°F and high of 89°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in Bangui
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 Bangui
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In Bangui, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Bangui begins around May 18 and lasts for 2.7 months, ending around August 8. On June 20, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 34% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 66% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around August 8 and lasts for 9.3 months, ending around May 18. On April 17, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 80% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 20% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories in Bangui
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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 Bangui varies very significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 8.0 months, from March 12 to November 14, with a greater than 41% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 75% on August 17.
The drier season lasts 4.0 months, from November 14 to March 12. The smallest chance of a wet day is 7% on January 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 75% on August 17.
Daily Chance of Precipitation in Bangui
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. Bangui experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 11 months, from January 13 to December 26, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around August 17, with an average total accumulation of 7.0 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.5 weeks, from December 26 to January 13. The least rain falls around January 3, with an average total accumulation of 0.4 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in Bangui
The length of the day in Bangui does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 22 minutes of 12 hours throughout. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 11 hours, 52 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 12 hours, 23 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Bangui
The earliest sunrise is at 5:30 AM on October 25, and the latest sunrise is 31 minutes later at 6:01 AM on February 4. The earliest sunset is at 5:27 PM on November 9, and the latest sunset is 35 minutes later at 6:02 PM on July 17.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Bangui during 2021.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Bangui
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 in Bangui
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.
Bangui experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 10 months, from February 8 to December 24, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 66% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 31, with muggy conditions 100% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 11, with muggy conditions 55% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in Bangui
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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 Bangui experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.0 months, from December 13 to June 11, with average wind speeds of more than 3.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 28, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.8 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.0 months, from June 11 to December 13. The calmest day of the year is September 24, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in Bangui
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Bangui varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the east for 1.4 weeks, from January 12 to January 22 and for 1.5 months, from November 17 to January 2, with a peak percentage of 30% on January 21. The wind is most often from the south for 7.3 months, from January 22 to August 30 and for 2.2 months, from September 11 to November 17, with a peak percentage of 78% on April 16. The wind is most often from the west for 1.7 weeks, from August 30 to September 11, with a peak percentage of 38% on September 2.
Wind Direction in Bangui
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Bangui 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 Bangui for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid December to late January, with a peak score in the first week of January.
Tourism Score in Bangui
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 Bangui for hot-weather activities are from mid June to mid July and from mid November to mid February, with a peak score in the first week of January.
Beach/Pool Score in Bangui
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 Bangui 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 in Bangui
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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 in Bangui
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 0.5 kilowatt-hours of 5.0 kilowatt-hours throughout.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Bangui
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Bangui are 4.361 deg latitude, 18.555 deg longitude, and 1,152 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Bangui contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 528 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,165 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,096 feet). Within 50 miles also contains very significant variations in elevation (1,276 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Bangui is covered by artificial surfaces (28%), trees (22%), cropland (18%), and water (12%), within 10 miles by cropland (31%) and trees (30%), and within 50 miles by trees (51%) and shrubs (27%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Bangui, 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 is only a single weather station, Bangui Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Bangui.
At a distance of 6 kilometers from Bangui, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.
The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Bangui according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.
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.