Average Weather in Chibombo Zambia
In Chibombo, the wet season is muggy and overcast, the dry season is windy and mostly clear, and it is warm year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 47°F to 89°F and is rarely below 43°F or above 95°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Chibombo for hot-weather activities is from early September to early November.
The hot season lasts for 2.2 months, from September 14 to November 19, with an average daily high temperature above 86°F. The hottest day of the year is October 22, with an average high of 89°F and low of 65°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.3 months, from May 25 to August 1, with an average daily high temperature below 76°F. The coldest day of the year is June 28, with an average low of 47°F and high of 73°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
In Chibombo, 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 Chibombo begins around April 3 and lasts for 7.0 months, ending around November 3. On June 25, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 92% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 8% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 3 and lasts for 5.0 months, ending around April 3. On January 10, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 84% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 16% 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 Chibombo varies very significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.1 months, from November 21 to March 23, with a greater than 37% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 74% on January 28.
The drier season lasts 7.9 months, from March 23 to November 21. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on June 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 74% on January 28.
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. Chibombo experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.5 months, from October 13 to April 30, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around January 23, with an average total accumulation of 8.1 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.5 months, from April 30 to October 13. The least rain falls around July 10, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Chibombo varies over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is June 21, with 11 hours, 16 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 13 hours, 0 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:28 AM on November 21, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 6 minutes later at 6:33 AM on July 10. The earliest sunset is at 5:44 PM on June 1, and the latest sunset is 59 minutes later at 6:44 PM on January 20.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Chibombo 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
Chibombo experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 5.4 months, from November 8 to April 20, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 20% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is January 30, with muggy conditions 79% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is August 13, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Chibombo experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.9 months, from June 21 to November 19, with average wind speeds of more than 9.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is October 4, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.9 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.1 months, from November 19 to June 21. The calmest day of the year is January 23, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Chibombo is from the east throughout the year.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Chibombo 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 Chibombo for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid April to late September, with a peak score in the third 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 Chibombo for hot-weather activities is from early September to early November, with a peak score in the first 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.
Temperatures in Chibombo 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
Growing Degree Days
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 September 15 to November 10, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.1 kWh. The brightest day of the year is October 17, with an average of 7.5 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.3 months, from May 17 to July 28, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 5.9 kWh. The darkest day of the year is June 22, with an average of 5.5 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Chibombo are -14.657 deg latitude, 28.071 deg longitude, and 3,793 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Chibombo contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 128 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 3,788 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (725 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (2,405 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Chibombo is covered by shrubs (57%), grassland (25%), and trees (10%), within 10 miles by grassland (38%) and trees (33%), and within 50 miles by trees (28%) and shrubs (27%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Chibombo, 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, Lusaka International Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Chibombo.
At a distance of 86 kilometers from Chibombo, 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 Chibombo 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.
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .