Country Overview For Benin
The climate in Benin is typically tropical; hot, humid in south; semiarid in north. The terrain: mostly flat to undulating plain; some hills and low mountains. For Porto-Novo in January the daily average maximum temperatures is 31°C with the average minimum 24°C, while in June the average maximum is 30°C with a minimum of 24°C. The wettest month for Porto-Novo is June with an average of 278.0mm of precipitation falling while the driest month is January with 17.2mm falling.
HISTORICAL MONTHLY AVERAGES FOR MARCH
The information presented below gives detailed historical monthly average weather conditions along with exceptional weather occurrences. To maintain relevance to current weather trends the displayed information has been calculated using data collected over the past two decades. The climate profile is taken from closest available data source to Ouidah.
Throughout the month of March daytime temperatures will generally reach highs of around 32°C that's about 89°F. At night the average minimum temperature drops down to around 26°C, that's 79°F.
In recent times the highest recorded temperature in March has been 39°C that's 102°F, with the lowest recorded temperature 17°C, about 63°F.
The average daily relative humidity for March is around 80%.
The Heat Index is a measure of how hot it feels when relative humidity is added to actual air temperature. From this a comfort level is calculated providing categories on how heat conditions might adversely affect someone.
Comfort Levels: Given average maximum temperatures and humidity levels you can expect dangerous heat conditions. Sunstroke, muscle cramps and heat exhaustion are likely. Heatstroke is possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity (see heat index for more information).
The average monthly amount of precipitation has been recorded at around 51 mm, that's 2 inches. Throughout the month you can expect to see rain or drizzle falling on 5 days of the month.
Estimated Hours of Sunshine per Day
We calculate sunshine hours per day using our past forecast data. For March expect the sun to shine for an average of 10 hours per day. This represents the average number of hours in the daytime that the sun is visible and not obscured by cloud e.g. the average number of hours the sun is actually out and shining. Note we calculate hours of sunshine per day using our past forecast data, not observation data, thus it is an estimate and not actual.
The average daily wind speed in March has been around 16 km/h, that’s the equivalent to about 10 mph, or 9 knots. In recent years the maximum sustained wind speed has reached 93 km/h, that’s the equivalent of around 58 mph, or 50 knots.
On average the month of March is not affected by foggy conditions.
SWIMMING AND WATER TEMPERATURE
The temperature of water an individual will feel comfortable in is very much personal preference. What feels unbearably cold to one person for a swim might be fine for another. We have created our own Swimming Water Temperature Index offering a guide to water temperature and comfort levels for swimming;
In March, for the nearest coastal location, the temperature of the sea averages around 29°C, that's 84° Fahrenheit. Our index indicates for swimming in this is considered very warm and would be enjoyed by all. With this temperature you can stay active in the water for extended periods of time without feeling uncomfortable.
YEARLY TRENDS: WEATHER AVERAGES & EXTREMES
The following charts show yearly weather trends with information on monthly weather averages and extremes.
The chart below plots the average high and low temperature for each month of the year. It also shows the maximum and minimum recorded temperatures.
The chart below plots the average monthly precipitation amount.
The chart below plots the average number of days in any month that you can expect to see rain falling.
The chart below plots the average daily wind speed you can expect for any month. It also shows the maximum recorded sustained wind speed for each month.