1. WeatherSpark.com
  2. Zambia
  3. Luapula

Average Weather in Mansa Zambia

In Mansa, the wet season is humid 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 51°F to 93°F and is rarely below 47°F or above 97°F.

Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Mansa for hot-weather activities is from early September to late October.

Climate Summary

warmhotwarmJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNowNow87%87%14%14%clearovercastprecipitation: 8.4 inprecipitation: 8.4 in0.0 in0.0 inmuggy: 49%muggy: 49%0%0%drydrybeach/pool score: 7.6beach/pool score: 7.63.53.5
Click on each chart for more information.

Temperature

The hot season lasts for 1.9 months, from September 14 to November 10, with an average daily high temperature above 89°F. The hottest day of the year is October 17, with an average high of 93°F and low of 67°F.

The cool season lasts for 7.4 months, from December 17 to July 30, with an average daily high temperature below 80°F. The coldest day of the year is July 4, with an average low of 51°F and high of 77°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

Average High and Low Temperature in MansahotcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FJul 477°FJul 477°FOct 1793°FOct 1793°F51°F51°F67°F67°FSep 1489°FSep 1489°FDec 1780°FDec 1780°FJul 3080°FJul 3080°F61°F61°F65°F65°F52°F52°FNowNow
The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

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

Average Hourly Temperature in MansaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowcoldcoolcoolcomfortablecomfortablecomfortablewarmhotcool
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
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Unidad Habitacional Mariano Matamoros, Mexico (8,932 miles away) and Mudgere, India (3,623 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Mansa (view comparison).

Clouds

In Mansa, 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 Mansa begins around April 19 and lasts for 6.0 months, ending around October 18. On June 26, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 87% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 13% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 18 and lasts for 6.0 months, ending around April 19. On January 18, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 86% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 14% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in MansaclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jun 2687%Jun 2687%Jan 1814%Jan 1814%Apr 1950%Apr 1950%Oct 1851%Oct 1851%NowNowclearovercastpartly cloudy
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Mansa varies very significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 4.7 months, from November 14 to April 4, with a greater than 40% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 81% on January 16.

The drier season lasts 7.3 months, from April 4 to November 14. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on June 21.

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 81% on January 16.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in MansawetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jan 1681%Jan 1681%Jun 210%Jun 210%Jan 178%Jan 178%Nov 1440%Nov 1440%Apr 440%Apr 440%NowNowrain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

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. Mansa experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.8 months, from October 10 to May 3, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around December 21, with an average total accumulation of 8.4 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.2 months, from May 3 to October 10. The least rain falls around July 6, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

Average Monthly Rainfall in MansarainrainJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in2 in2 in4 in4 in6 in6 in8 in8 in10 in10 in12 in12 in14 in14 inDec 218.4 inDec 218.4 inJul 60.0 inJul 60.0 inOct 100.5 inOct 100.5 inMay 30.5 inMay 30.5 inNowNow
The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Mansa does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 47 minutes of 12 hours throughout. In 2021, the shortest day is June 21, with 11 hours, 28 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 12 hours, 47 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 5:30 AM on November 18, and the latest sunrise is 55 minutes later at 6:24 AM on July 12. The earliest sunset is at 5:47 PM on May 29, and the latest sunset is 48 minutes later at 6:35 PM on January 25.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Mansa during 2021.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in MansaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMNov 185:30 AMNov 185:30 AM6:35 PMJan 256:35 PMJan 25May 295:47 PMMay 295:47 PM6:24 AMJul 126:24 AMJul 12daySolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2021. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.

Moon

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

The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Humidity

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.

Mansa experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 5.1 months, from November 17 to April 21, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 12% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is March 14, with muggy conditions 49% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is July 27, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in MansamuggymuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jul 270%Jul 270%Mar 1449%Mar 1449%Nov 1712%Nov 1712%Apr 2112%Apr 2112%muggymuggyhumidhumiddrydrycomfortablecomfortable
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

Wind

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 Mansa experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 7.0 months, from April 10 to November 10, with average wind speeds of more than 8.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is September 9, with an average hourly wind speed of 11.5 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 5.0 months, from November 10 to April 10. The calmest day of the year is February 20, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.4 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in MansawindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mph16 mph16 mphSep 911.5 mphSep 911.5 mphFeb 205.4 mphFeb 205.4 mphApr 108.4 mphApr 108.4 mphNov 108.4 mphNov 108.4 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Mansa varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the north for 1.3 weeks, from January 5 to January 14, with a peak percentage of 32% on January 12. The wind is most often from the west for 4.1 weeks, from January 14 to February 12, with a peak percentage of 34% on January 29. The wind is most often from the east for 11 months, from February 12 to January 5, with a peak percentage of 35% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in MansaWEJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwesteastnorth
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Mansa 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 Mansa for general outdoor tourist activities is from early May to mid September, with a peak score in the second week of August.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Mansabest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810108.48.44.34.3NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

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 Mansa for hot-weather activities is from early September to late October, with a peak score in the last week of September.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Mansabest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810107.67.63.53.55.45.44.24.2NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature beach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

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.

Growing Season

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 Mansa 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

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in MansaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%100%Jan 1100%Jan 1100%Jul 3100%Jul 3NowNowcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhotsweltering
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
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

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

Growing Degree Days in MansaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F1,000°F1,000°F2,000°F2,000°F3,000°F3,000°F4,000°F4,000°F5,000°F5,000°F6,000°F6,000°F7,000°F7,000°FJul 890°FJul 890°FAug 28900°FAug 28900°FOct 41,800°FOct 41,800°FJun 307,333°FJun 307,333°FNowNow
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

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 2.5 months, from August 24 to November 7, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.7 kWh. The brightest day of the year is October 16, with an average of 7.1 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.6 months, from December 9 to February 28, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 5.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is January 12, with an average of 4.9 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in MansabrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhOct 167.1 kWhOct 167.1 kWhJan 124.9 kWhJan 124.9 kWhAug 246.7 kWhAug 246.7 kWhDec 95.4 kWhDec 95.4 kWhFeb 285.4 kWhFeb 285.4 kWhNowNow
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Mansa are -11.200 deg latitude, 28.894 deg longitude, and 3,990 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Mansa contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 210 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 3,969 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (528 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,542 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Mansa is covered by cropland (85%) and grassland (15%), within 10 miles by cropland (43%) and shrubs (39%), and within 50 miles by trees (73%) and shrubs (21%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Mansa, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Mansa 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 Mansa, 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.

Disclaimer

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.