Average Weather in Nchelenge Zambia
In Nchelenge, the wet season is warm, muggy, and overcast and the dry season is hot, windy, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 59°F to 91°F and is rarely below 56°F or above 94°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best times of year to visit Nchelenge for hot-weather activities are from mid to late May and from mid July to late September.
The hot season lasts for 1.8 months, from September 2 to October 28, with an average daily high temperature above 89°F. The hottest day of the year is October 1, with an average high of 91°F and low of 72°F.
The cool season lasts for 4.0 months, from December 9 to April 7, with an average daily high temperature below 82°F. The coldest day of the year is July 3, with an average low of 59°F and high of 82°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 Nchelenge, 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 Nchelenge begins around April 30 and lasts for 4.9 months, ending around September 26. On July 17, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 82% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 18% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around September 26 and lasts for 7.1 months, ending around April 30. On January 1, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 85% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 15% 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 Nchelenge varies very significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.4 months, from October 30 to April 13, with a greater than 38% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 75% on December 7.
The drier season lasts 6.5 months, from April 13 to October 30. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on June 22.
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 December 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. Nchelenge experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from September 26 to May 4, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around December 18, with an average total accumulation of 6.7 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.7 months, from May 4 to September 26. The least rain falls around July 7, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Nchelenge does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 40 minutes of 12 hours throughout. In 2021, the shortest day is June 21, with 11 hours, 35 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 12 hours, 40 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:33 AM on November 16, and the latest sunrise is 49 minutes later at 6:22 AM on July 14. The earliest sunset is at 5:51 PM on May 27, and the latest sunset is 43 minutes later at 6:33 PM on January 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Nchelenge 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
Nchelenge experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 6.6 months, from October 21 to May 8, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 22% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is March 25, with muggy conditions 89% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is July 21, 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 Nchelenge experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.5 months, from April 8 to October 23, with average wind speeds of more than 8.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is July 16, with an average hourly wind speed of 11.1 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.5 months, from October 23 to April 8. The calmest day of the year is February 17, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.6 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Nchelenge varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the east for 8.1 months, from February 28 to November 1, with a peak percentage of 80% on August 31. The wind is most often from the north for 4.0 months, from November 1 to February 28, with a peak percentage of 47% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Nchelenge 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 Nchelenge for general outdoor tourist activities is from late May 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 times of year to visit Nchelenge for hot-weather activities are from mid to late May and from mid July to late September, with a peak score in the third week of August.
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 Nchelenge 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 2.5 months, from August 3 to October 19, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.3 kWh. The brightest day of the year is September 10, with an average of 6.7 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.6 months, from November 30 to February 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 5.1 kWh. The darkest day of the year is January 8, with an average of 4.7 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Nchelenge are -9.345 deg latitude, 28.734 deg longitude, and 3,061 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Nchelenge contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 213 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 3,095 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (528 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (2,500 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Nchelenge is covered by water (71%), shrubs (11%), and trees (10%), within 10 miles by water (62%) and cropland (24%), and within 50 miles by trees (32%) and water (31%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Nchelenge, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Nchelenge 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 Nchelenge, according to the International Standard Atmosphere .
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .