Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Luwingu Zambia
In Luwingu, the wet season is 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 49°F to 90°F and is rarely below 46°F or above 95°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Luwingu for warm-weather activities is from early May to mid September.
Climate in Luwingu
Average Temperature in Luwingu
The hot season lasts for 1.9 months, from September 13 to November 8, with an average daily high temperature above 88°F. The hottest day of the year is October 17, with an average high of 90°F and low of 64°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.8 months, from December 13 to April 7, with an average daily high temperature below 79°F. The coldest day of the year is July 11, with an average low of 49°F and high of 77°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in Luwingu
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 Luwingu
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In Luwingu, 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 Luwingu begins around April 22 and lasts for 5.6 months, ending around October 10. On July 17, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 85% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 15% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 10 and lasts for 6.4 months, ending around April 22. On January 9, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 88% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 12% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories in Luwingu
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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 Luwingu varies very significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.9 months, from November 11 to April 8, with a greater than 41% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 82% on December 23.
The drier season lasts 7.1 months, from April 8 to November 11. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on July 14.
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 82% on December 23.
Daily Chance of Precipitation in Luwingu
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. Luwingu experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 7.2 months, from September 28 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 22, with an average total accumulation of 9.3 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.8 months, from May 4 to September 28. The least rain falls around July 7, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in Luwingu
The length of the day in Luwingu does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 43 minutes of 12 hours throughout. In 2021, the shortest day is June 21, with 11 hours, 31 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 12 hours, 44 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Luwingu
The earliest sunrise is at 5:27 AM on November 17, and the latest sunrise is 52 minutes later at 6:19 AM on July 13. The earliest sunset is at 5:44 PM on May 28, and the latest sunset is 46 minutes later at 6:30 PM on January 26.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Luwingu during 2021.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Luwingu
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 Luwingu
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.
Luwingu experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 5.0 months, from November 16 to April 17, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 5% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is March 17, with muggy conditions 21% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is July 18, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels in Luwingu
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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 Luwingu experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.0 months, from April 7 to November 7, with average wind speeds of more than 8.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is September 9, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.0 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.0 months, from November 7 to April 7. The calmest day of the year is February 20, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in Luwingu
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Luwingu varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 1.4 months, from January 4 to February 14, with a peak percentage of 35% on January 29. The wind is most often from the east for 11 months, from February 14 to January 4, with a peak percentage of 34% on January 1.
Wind Direction in Luwingu
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Luwingu 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 Luwingu for general outdoor tourist activities is from early May to mid September, with a peak score in the second week of August.
Tourism Score in Luwingu
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 Luwingu for hot-weather activities is from early September to late October, with a peak score in the last week of September.
Beach/Pool Score in Luwingu
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 Luwingu 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 Luwingu
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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 Luwingu
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 2.8 months, from August 12 to November 5, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.6 kWh. The brightest day of the year is September 26, with an average of 7.0 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.4 months, from December 12 to February 24, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 5.3 kWh. The darkest day of the year is January 13, with an average of 4.9 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Luwingu
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Luwingu are -10.262 deg latitude, 29.927 deg longitude, and 4,531 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Luwingu contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 545 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 4,578 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (922 feet). Within 50 miles also contains very significant variations in elevation (1,706 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Luwingu is covered by shrubs (49%), grassland (20%), trees (17%), and cropland (14%), within 10 miles by trees (83%) and cropland (10%), and within 50 miles by trees (75%) and shrubs (17%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Luwingu, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Luwingu 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 Luwingu, 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.