Climate in West Afghanistan

Average daytime and nighttime temperatures

All climate diagrams on this page come from the collected data of the official weather station in West Afghanistan in a height of 964m above sea level. All data correspond to the average monthly values of the last 20 years.

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West Afghanistan is one of the coldest regions in Afghanistan with an average daily high temperature of only 24 degrees. For several months of the year, it is warm to hot at temperatures continuously above 25 degrees, sometimes up to 38 degrees. Due to the warmer temperatures, the best time for traveling is from May to September. Less attractive are the cold months from November to March.
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Sunshine hours per day
The number of hours of sunshine refers to the time when the sun is actually visible. That is, without any obstruction of visibility by clouds, fog or mountains. With 13 hours per day, July is the sunniest month in the region of West Afghanistan. In December, the sun shines the least.
Relative humidity in %
Warm air can absorb more moisture than cold air. The relative humidity indicates how much moisture can be physically contained in the air. At high humidity, a person feels uncomfortable and perceives this as oppressive. In general, a relative humidity of 40-60% feels pleasant. With humidity averaging 72%, January is the most uncomfortable. In August, on the other hand, it is easier to endure.
Absolute humidity in g/m³
In warm months, there is also a higher absolute humidity almost everywhere. At a temperature of 25°C, air can absorb up to 23 grams of water per cubic meter. At 20°C, it is only 17.3 grams. A relative humidity of 40% at 25°C thus corresponds to an absolute humidity of 9.2 grams of water. From a proportion of approx. 13.5 grams, humans perceive the air as muggy.
The "Humidex" (humidity index) is an index of well-being in warmer areas, calculated from the air temperature, relative humidity and dew point. The index corresponds approximately to the temperature felt. At high temperatures, the body transports heat away by sweating. At high humidity, the ambient air can only absorb a small amount of sweat and thus one feels uncomfortable. An index of 20-29 is considered comfortable. Up to 39, people perceive the air as slightly uncomfortable, and above 40, as very uncomfortable. Values above 45 are dangerous in the long run and often lead to heat stroke.
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Map of West Afghanistan

Most important cities in the region »West Afghanistan«

The region has a west-east extension of about 620 km and over 370 km from north to south.

It consists of the five provinces Badghis, Bamiyan, Farah, Ghowr and Herat.

CityPopulationGeo position
Herat272,80634° 20' 53"N62° 11' 59"E
Bamyan61,86334° 49' 18"N67° 49' 38"E
Cool urhajo58,52534° 15' 56"N67° 20' 43"E
Farah43,56132° 22' 28"N62° 6' 59"E
Ghormach30,00035° 43' 50"N63° 46' 58"E
Shindand29,26433° 18' 11"N62° 8' 51"E
Kafir Qala18,08634° 40' 0"N61° 4' 0"E
Karukh17,48434° 28' 52"N62° 35' 11"E
Kushk16,95233° 17' 44"N61° 57' 8"E
Shahrak15,96734° 6' 27"N64° 18' 19"E
Fayroz Koh15,00034° 31' 10"N65° 15' 3"E
Panjab13,47134° 23' 17"N67° 1' 24"E
Qarah Bagh12,41234° 56' 25"N61° 46' 33"E
Kuhsan12,08734° 39' 14"N61° 11' 52"E
Chahar Burj11,93534° 14' 41"N62° 11' 30"E
Zindah Jan10,10434° 20' 34"N61° 44' 48"E
Anar Darah10,02332° 45' 31"N61° 39' 14"E
Qala i Naw9,00034° 59' 14"N63° 7' 44"E
Tir Pul6,97934° 35' 40"N61° 16' 8"E

Data basis: German Weather Service, individual values averaged and supplemented by own elements. Data on cities and inhabitants:, United Nations Statistics Division and own research.
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