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Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Nkhotakota Malawi

In Nkhotakota, the wet season is oppressive and overcast, the dry season is windy and mostly clear, and it is hot year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 67°F to 91°F and is rarely below 63°F or above 95°F.

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

Climate in Nkhotakota

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

The hot season lasts for 2.1 months, from September 24 to November 27, with an average daily high temperature above 89°F. The hottest month of the year in Nkhotakota is November, with an average high of 90°F and low of 80°F.

The cool season lasts for 2.5 months, from May 28 to August 13, with an average daily high temperature below 84°F. The coldest month of the year in Nkhotakota is July, with an average low of 67°F and high of 82°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in Nkhotakota

Average High and Low Temperature in NkhotakotahotcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FJul 482°FJul 482°FOct 2791°FOct 2791°F67°F67°F79°F79°FSep 2489°FSep 2489°FMay 2884°FMay 2884°FAug 1384°FAug 1384°F76°F76°F80°F80°F70°F70°F69°F69°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.
AverageJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High 85°F85°F86°F86°F84°F83°F82°F84°F88°F90°F90°F87°F
Temp. 81°F82°F82°F81°F78°F75°F74°F76°F81°F84°F85°F83°F
Low 78°F78°F78°F76°F72°F68°F67°F70°F74°F78°F80°F79°F

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 Nkhotakota

Average Hourly Temperature in NkhotakotaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowcomfortablewarmhothothotcomfortable
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.

Corozal, Belize (8,629 miles away); Parādīp Garh, Odisha, India (4,236 miles); and Bangui, Philippines (6,282 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Nkhotakota (view comparison).

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In Nkhotakota, 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 Nkhotakota begins around April 3 and lasts for 7.3 months, ending around November 12.

The clearest month of the year in Nkhotakota is July, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 90% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around November 12 and lasts for 4.7 months, ending around April 3.

The cloudiest month of the year in Nkhotakota is January, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 84% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories in Nkhotakota

Cloud Cover Categories in NkhotakotaclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 1690%Jul 1690%Jan 1715%Jan 1715%Apr 353%Apr 353%Nov 1253%Nov 1253%NowNowclearovercastmostly clear
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.
FractionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Cloudier 84%78%63%37%22%12%10%12%17%30%50%74%
Clearer 16%22%37%63%78%88%90%88%83%70%50%26%

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

The wetter season lasts 4.2 months, from November 25 to April 1, with a greater than 39% chance of a given day being a wet day. The month with the most wet days in Nkhotakota is January, with an average of 23.4 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.

The drier season lasts 7.8 months, from April 1 to November 25. The month with the fewest wet days in Nkhotakota is August, with an average of 0.1 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. The month with the most days of rain alone in Nkhotakota is January, with an average of 23.4 days. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 78% on January 17.

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Nkhotakota

Daily Chance of Precipitation in NkhotakotawetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jan 1778%Jan 1778%Jul 300%Jul 300%Nov 2539%Nov 2539%Apr 139%Apr 139%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).
Days ofJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Rain 23.4d19.9d16.7d6.1d1.0d0.2d0.1d0.1d0.2d1.9d8.6d19.5d

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. Nkhotakota experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.4 months, from October 19 to May 1, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The month with the most rain in Nkhotakota is January, with an average rainfall of 9.0 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.6 months, from May 1 to October 19. The month with the least rain in Nkhotakota is July, with an average rainfall of 0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in Nkhotakota

Average Monthly Rainfall in NkhotakotarainrainJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in5 in5 in10 in10 in15 in15 inJan 139.1 inJan 139.1 inJul 250.0 inJul 250.0 inOct 190.5 inOct 190.5 inMay 10.5 inMay 10.5 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 snowfall.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Rainfall 9.0″7.6″5.5″1.7″0.2″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.4″2.2″6.8″

The length of the day in Nkhotakota does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 53 minutes of 12 hours throughout. In 2024, the shortest day is June 20, with 11 hours, 22 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 12 hours, 53 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Nkhotakota

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in NkhotakotaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 7 minSep 2212 hr, 7 minSep 2212 hr, 53 minDec 2112 hr, 53 minDec 2112 hr, 7 minMar 2012 hr, 7 minMar 2011 hr, 22 minJun 2011 hr, 22 minJun 20daydaynightNowNow
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.
Hours ofJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Daylight 12.8h12.5h12.2h11.8h11.5h11.4h11.4h11.7h12.0h12.4h12.7h12.9h

The earliest sunrise is at 5:05 AM on November 21, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 0 minutes later at 6:06 AM on July 9. The earliest sunset is at 5:22 PM on May 30, and the latest sunset is 54 minutes later at 6:16 PM on January 24.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Nkhotakota during 2024.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Nkhotakota

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in NkhotakotaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PMNov 215:05 AMNov 215:05 AM6:16 PMJan 246:16 PMJan 24May 305:22 PMMay 305:22 PM6:06 AMJul 96:06 AMJul 9daySolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2024. 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.

The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in Nkhotakota

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in NkhotakotaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AM00001010101020202020303030304040404050505050606060707000001010101020202020303030304040404050505050606060707080805490NowNow
northeastsouthwest
Solar elevation and azimuth over the course of the year 2024. The black lines are lines of constant solar elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon, in degrees). The background color fills indicate the azimuth (the compass bearing) of the sun. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries of the cardinal compass points indicate the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2024. 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 Nkhotakota

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.

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.

Nkhotakota experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 6.4 months, from October 26 to May 8, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 25% of the time. The month with the most muggy days in Nkhotakota is January, with 30.4 days that are muggy or worse.

The month with the fewest muggy days in Nkhotakota is July, with 0.1 days that are muggy or worse.

Humidity Comfort Levels in Nkhotakota

Humidity Comfort Levels in NkhotakotamuggymuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jul 150%Jul 150%98%Jan 1298%Jan 12Oct 2625%Oct 2625%May 825%May 825%NowNowoppressiveoppressivemuggymuggyhumidhumidcomfortablecomfortabledrydry
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.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Muggy days 30.4d28.0d28.6d18.2d5.1d0.5d0.1d0.2d0.8d4.9d16.7d28.0d

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

The windier part of the year lasts for 8.3 months, from March 27 to December 3, with average wind speeds of more than 9.4 miles per hour. The windiest month of the year in Nkhotakota is October, with an average hourly wind speed of 11.2 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 3.7 months, from December 3 to March 27. The calmest month of the year in Nkhotakota is February, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.5 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in Nkhotakota

Average Wind Speed in NkhotakotawindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mph16 mph16 mph18 mph18 mphOct 1911.4 mphOct 1911.4 mphFeb 167.4 mphFeb 167.4 mphMar 279.4 mphMar 279.4 mphDec 39.4 mphDec 39.4 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Wind Speed (mph) 7.57.58.610.310.09.910.19.710.111.210.68.5

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

The wind is most often from the south for 5.8 months, from February 25 to August 20, with a peak percentage of 70% on June 25. The wind is most often from the east for 3.5 months, from August 20 to December 5, with a peak percentage of 54% on October 17. The wind is most often from the north for 2.7 months, from December 5 to February 25, with a peak percentage of 45% on January 1.

Wind Direction in Nkhotakota

Wind Direction in NkhotakotaNSENJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowsoutheastnorthwest
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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).

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Nkhotakota 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 Nkhotakota for general outdoor tourist activities is from late May to late August, with a peak score in the first week of July.

Tourism Score in Nkhotakota

Tourism Score in Nkhotakotabest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810109.19.12.72.7NowNowtemperaturetemperature cloudscloudsprecipitationprecipitationtourism 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 Nkhotakota for hot-weather activities is from late April to mid October, with a peak score in the last week of August.

Beach/Pool Score in Nkhotakota

Beach/Pool Score in Nkhotakotabest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810109.19.14.34.38.88.8NowNow cloudscloudsprecipitationprecipitationbeach/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.

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 Nkhotakota 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 Nkhotakota

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in NkhotakotaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%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 2100%Jul 2NowNowcomfortablewarmhotcool
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 Nkhotakota

Growing Degree Days in NkhotakotaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F2,000°F2,000°F4,000°F4,000°F6,000°F6,000°F8,000°F8,000°F10,000°F10,000°FJul 590°FJul 590°FAug 7900°FAug 7900°FJun 3010,843°FJun 3010,843°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

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 September 11 to November 19, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.0 kWh. The brightest month of the year in Nkhotakota is October, with an average of 7.4 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.6 months, from December 19 to March 6, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 5.4 kWh. The darkest month of the year in Nkhotakota is January, with an average of 5.0 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Nkhotakota

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in NkhotakotabrightdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhOct 217.5 kWhOct 217.5 kWhJan 164.9 kWhJan 164.9 kWhSep 117.0 kWhSep 117.0 kWhDec 195.4 kWhDec 195.4 kWhMar 65.4 kWhMar 65.4 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.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Solar Energy (kWh) 5.05.15.76.25.95.65.76.37.07.47.05.6

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Nkhotakota are -12.927 deg latitude, 34.296 deg longitude, and 1,631 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Nkhotakota contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 190 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,611 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (617 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (4,108 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Nkhotakota is covered by cropland (46%) and water (43%), within 10 miles by water (50%) and cropland (25%), and within 50 miles by water (44%) and cropland (22%).

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

At a distance of 111 kilometers from Nkhotakota, 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 Nkhotakota 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 © OpenStreetMap contributors.

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