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Average Weather in Cuamba Mozambique

In Cuamba, the wet season is hot, oppressive, and overcast and the dry season is warm and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 55°F to 95°F and is rarely below 51°F or above 101°F.

Climate Summary

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

Temperature

The hot season lasts for 2.1 months, from September 24 to November 28, with an average daily high temperature above 92°F. The hottest day of the year is October 31, with an average high of 95°F and low of 69°F.

The cool season lasts for 3.0 months, from May 6 to August 5, with an average daily high temperature below 81°F. The coldest day of the year is July 12, with an average low of 55°F and high of 78°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

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 CuambaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMcoolcoolcomfortablecomfortablewarmhotwarmcomfortable
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: 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 shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

San Juan Zapotitlán, Mexico (9,341 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Cuamba (view comparison).

Clouds

In Cuamba, 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 Cuamba begins around April 2 and lasts for 7.5 months, ending around November 18. On July 10, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 92% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 8% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around November 18 and lasts for 4.5 months, ending around April 2. On January 15, 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

Cloud Cover Categories in CuambaclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 1092%Jul 1092%Jan 1515%Jan 1515%Apr 252%Apr 252%Nov 1854%Nov 1854%clearmostly clearovercastpartly cloudymostly cloudy
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

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

The wetter season lasts 4.0 months, from November 26 to March 25, with a greater than 41% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 82% on January 20.

The drier season lasts 8.0 months, from March 25 to November 26. The smallest chance of a wet day is 1% on June 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 January 20.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in CuambawetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jan 2082%Jan 2082%Jun 141%Jun 141%Jan 175%Jan 175%Nov 2641%Nov 2641%Mar 2541%Mar 2541%rain
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. Cuamba experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.6 months, from October 14 to May 2, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around January 17, with an average total accumulation of 11.9 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.4 months, from May 2 to October 14. The least rain falls around June 21, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

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 Cuamba varies over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is June 21, with 11 hours, 15 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 22, with 13 hours, 1 minute 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 4:53 AM on November 22, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 6 minutes later at 6:00 AM on July 9. The earliest sunset is at 5:10 PM on June 1, and the latest sunset is 60 minutes later at 6:10 PM on January 23.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Cuamba during 2018.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in CuambaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PMNov 224:53 AMNov 224:53 AM6:10 PMJan 236:10 PMJan 23Jun 15:10 PMJun 15:10 PM6:00 AMJul 96:00 AMJul 9daynightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2018. 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.

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.

Cuamba experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 5.7 months, from November 14 to May 3, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 24% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is January 26, with muggy conditions 96% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is July 31, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in CuambamuggymuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jul 310%Jul 310%96%Jan 2696%Jan 26Nov 1424%Nov 1424%May 324%May 324%oppressiveoppressivemuggymuggycomfortablecomfortabledrydryhumidhumid
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

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

The windier part of the year lasts for 3.8 months, from August 4 to November 29, with average wind speeds of more than 7.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is October 13, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.0 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 8.2 months, from November 29 to August 4. The calmest day of the year is February 16, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.6 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

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 Cuamba varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the north for 1.1 months, from January 1 to February 5, with a peak percentage of 36% on January 22. The wind is most often from the south for 5.8 months, from February 5 to July 29, with a peak percentage of 63% on May 10. The wind is most often from the east for 5.1 months, from July 29 to January 1, with a peak percentage of 69% on September 21.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in CuambaNSEJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%southeastnorthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 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 Cuamba 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 Cuamba for general outdoor tourist activities is from late April to mid September, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Cuambabest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468108.58.53.33.3 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism 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 Cuamba 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 Cuambabest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468108.28.23.93.96.66.64.74.7 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/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 Cuamba 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 CuambaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%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 3coldcoolcomfortablewarmhotsweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: 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 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 CuambaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F1,000°F2,000°F3,000°F4,000°F5,000°F6,000°F7,000°F8,000°FJul 790°FJul 790°FAug 23900°FAug 23900°FSep 301,800°FSep 301,800°FJun 308,402°FJun 308,402°F
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 2.1 months, from September 17 to November 22, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is October 22, with an average of 7.4 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.4 months, from May 18 to July 30, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 5.6 kWh. The darkest day of the year is June 25, with an average of 5.2 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in CuambabrightdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhOct 227.4 kWhOct 227.4 kWhJun 255.2 kWhJun 255.2 kWhSep 177.0 kWhSep 177.0 kWhMay 185.6 kWhMay 185.6 kWhJul 305.6 kWhJul 305.6 kWh
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 Cuamba are -14.803 deg latitude, 36.537 deg longitude, and 1,906 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Cuamba contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 108 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,891 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (3,320 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (5,394 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Cuamba is covered by cropland (55%) and grassland (38%), within 10 miles by cropland (45%) and grassland (27%), and within 50 miles by trees (41%) and cropland (19%).

Data Sources

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

Cuamba 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 Cuamba, 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 Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , 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 aiports 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.