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Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Nzega Rwanda

The climate in Nzega is comfortable and overcast. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 56°F to 77°F and is rarely below 53°F or above 81°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Nzega for warm-weather activities is from mid June to early September.

Climate in Nzega

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Nzega weather by month. Click on each chart for more information.

Average Temperature in Nzega

The temperature in Nzega varies so little throughout the year that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss hot and cold seasons.

Average High and Low Temperature in Nzega

Average High and Low Temperature in NzegaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FJul 674°FJul 674°FSep 177°FSep 177°F56°F56°F58°F58°FOct 176°FOct 176°FMar 2673°FMar 2673°FJun 173°FJun 173°F57°F57°F58°F58°F58°F58°F57°F57°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 in Nzega

Average Hourly Temperature in NzegaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowcoolcoolcomfortablewarm
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.

Tanah Rata, Malaysia (4,987 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Nzega (view comparison).

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Clouds

In Nzega, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Nzega begins around June 4 and lasts for 3.3 months, ending around September 14. On July 28, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 59% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 41% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around September 14 and lasts for 8.7 months, ending around June 4. On April 11, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 83% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 17% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories in Nzega

Cloud Cover Categories in NzegaclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 2859%Jul 2859%Apr 1117%Apr 1117%Jun 438%Jun 438%Sep 1438%Sep 1438%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
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 Nzega varies very significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 7.9 months, from September 24 to May 21, with a greater than 34% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 64% on April 12.

The drier season lasts 4.1 months, from May 21 to September 24. The smallest chance of a wet day is 4% on July 4.

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 64% on April 12.

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Nzega

Daily Chance of Precipitation in NzegawetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Apr 1264%Apr 1264%Jul 44%Jul 44%Jan 145%Jan 145%Sep 2434%Sep 2434%May 2134%May 2134%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. Nzega experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Nzega. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around April 8, with an average total accumulation of 5.5 inches.

The least rain falls around June 28, with an average total accumulation of 0.6 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in Nzega

Average Monthly Rainfall in NzegaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in2 in2 in4 in4 in6 in6 in8 in8 in10 in10 inApr 85.5 inApr 85.5 inJun 280.6 inJun 280.6 inNov 204.8 inNov 204.8 inJan 273.3 inJan 273.3 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 Nzega does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 16 minutes of 12 hours throughout. In 2021, the shortest day is June 21, with 11 hours, 59 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 12 hours, 16 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Nzega

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 5:39 AM on November 7, and the latest sunrise is 31 minutes later at 6:10 AM on February 17. The earliest sunset is at 5:51 PM on October 29, and the latest sunset is 31 minutes later at 6:22 PM on February 6.

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

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Nzega

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in NzegaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMNov 75:39 AMNov 75:39 AM6:22 PMFeb 66:22 PMFeb 6Oct 295:51 PMOct 295:51 PM6:10 AMFeb 176:10 AMFeb 17daynightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
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 in Nzega

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.

The perceived humidity level in Nzega, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 2% of 2% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels in Nzega

Humidity Comfort Levels in NzegaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jul 290%Jul 290%Jan 75%Jan 75%NowNowhumidhumidcomfortablecomfortabledrydry
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 Nzega experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 6.8 months, from April 14 to November 8, with average wind speeds of more than 5.5 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is August 11, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.8 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 5.2 months, from November 8 to April 14. The calmest day of the year is January 24, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.2 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in Nzega

Average Wind Speed in NzegawindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mphAug 116.8 mphAug 116.8 mphJan 244.2 mphJan 244.2 mphApr 145.5 mphApr 145.5 mphNov 85.5 mphNov 85.5 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 Nzega varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 2.1 months, from June 13 to August 17, with a peak percentage of 59% on July 23. The wind is most often from the east for 9.9 months, from August 17 to June 13, with a peak percentage of 51% on January 1.

Wind Direction in Nzega

Wind Direction in NzegaESEJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowsoutheastnorthwest
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 Nzega 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 Nzega for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid June to early September, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Tourism Score in Nzega

Tourism Score in Nzegabest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810107.67.64.84.85.05.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature tourism 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 Nzega for hot-weather activities is from late July to early September, with a peak score in the second week of August.

Beach/Pool Score in Nzega

Beach/Pool Score in Nzegabest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810104.94.92.12.12.32.3NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature 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 Nzega 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 Nzega

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in NzegaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%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 3NowNowcoolcomfortablewarmcold
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 in Nzega

Growing Degree Days in NzegaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°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°FJul 790°FJul 790°FAug 26900°FAug 26900°FOct 191,800°FOct 191,800°FJun 305,634°FJun 305,634°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 2.3 months, from July 5 to September 13, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.2 kWh. The brightest day of the year is August 14, with an average of 6.4 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 1.8 months, from October 24 to December 18, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 5.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is November 17, with an average of 5.2 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Nzega

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in NzegabrightdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWhAug 146.4 kWhAug 146.4 kWhNov 175.2 kWhNov 175.2 kWhJul 56.2 kWhJul 56.2 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 Nzega are -2.479 deg latitude, 29.556 deg longitude, and 6,539 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Nzega contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,867 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 6,356 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (3,278 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (7,077 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Nzega is covered by cropland (87%), within 10 miles by cropland (79%) and trees (10%), and within 50 miles by cropland (65%) and trees (10%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Nzega, 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, Kigali International Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Nzega.

At a distance of 86 kilometers from Nzega, 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 Nzega 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.

Other Data

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.

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.