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Weather conditions are a key consideration with all location shoots, and researching the climate is often one of the first tasks in selecting a shortlist of suitable locations.

When planning a location shoot film-makers are usually concerned about what the weather may be like at the time of year they plan to be filming. There is no such thing as an accurate long term weather forecast; however recurring weather patterns do exist and these can be identified from years of historical weather records.

Shootingonlocation.com has assembled these records as climate guides for thousands of places around the world based on the latest 30 years of weather averages. The guides are freely available online for all film-makers.

Each Climate Guide shows what sort of weather you are likely to find in any month of the year for any given location. The information is presented as easy-to-read graphics that give you an instant snap-shot of average weather conditions and enable you to compare different destinations easily.

Maximum Daytime Temperature

Average Maximum Daytime Temperature gives a good indication of the highest temperatures to expect at the warmest time of the day for each month. Because the figures show the temperature of the air they are always recorded in the shade. In direct sun it will generally be warmer, sometimes by as much as 15 to 20C (27 to 36F). This is because the sun also emits infrared radiation. For tropical and some sub-tropical destinations you should also always check Heat and Humidity, because high temperatures alone do not necessarily indicate how hot it 'feels'.

Minimum Night-time Temperature

Average Minimum Night-time Temperature gives a good indication of the lowest temperatures to expect during the night for each month. In some places it can become relatively cold at night for example at high elevations, and in desert areas. The Chance of Frost indicator will also help to show whether ground frost may occur during the month.

Sunshine Hours

Average Hours of Sunshine shows the average number of hours of bright sunshine per day for each month, rounded to the nearest hour. A further indication of good weather is the percentage of Daylight Hours with bright sunshine. This can be found by clicking on or hovering your mouse over the hours of sunshine bar for a particular month. The higher the percentage, the greater part of the day is usually sunny.

Days with some Rainfall

Average Number of Days with some Rainfall shows the average number of days for each month when a measurable amount (defined as 0.1mm) of rain falls. This includes precipitation that may fall as snow in areas where it is cold enough. This statistic does not imply that it rains throughout the day; it merely shows the number of days in the month when some rain is recorded - a useful indicator of the frequency of rainfall. In conjunction with Average Monthly Rainfall amount, you can build up an idea of both the frequency and amount of rainfall.

Monthly Rainfall

Average Monthly Rainfall shows the average monthly rainfall in millimetres and inches for each month. High levels of rainfall do not necessarily indicate poor weather conditions. Many places in the tropics have high levels of rainfall and lots of sunshine as well. The Maldives, for example, has more than twice the rainfall of Manchester in the UK but also has more than twice the amount of sunshine.

Heat & Humidity

Heat and Humidity gives an indication of average levels of discomfort caused by high temperatures combined with high humidity. High temperatures alone do not necessarily indicate how hot it 'feels', because high levels of humidity in the air also play a role. As the air temperature approaches body temperature (37C / 98F) in humid conditions, the body's ability to cool itself by perspiring becomes impaired. The result is a feeling of discomfort. The higher the level of heat and humidity the more uncomfortable you are likely to feel. Heat and Humidity is not an issue at temperatures below about 24C (75F), no matter how high the humidity.

Chance of Ground Frost

Chance of Ground Frost gives an indication of the likelihood of ground frost, which usually occurs overnight. The figures are based on historically low temperatures rather than averages and indicate whether ground frost has ever been recorded or if it is usually recorded every day.

UV Index (Maximum)

UV Index (Maximum) gives an indication of how strong UV radiation may be under clear sky conditions around midday. This shows the potential for skin damage through exposure to the sun at the most dangerous time of the day. The UV Index is measured on the Global Solar UV Index (UVI) scale. The World Health Organisation recommends protective measures be taken for all UV values over 2.

Sea Temperature

Average Sea Temperature shows average monthly sea-surface temperatures for each month rounded to the nearest degree. Because the sun also emits infra-red radiation, swimming in the sea in direct sun can help to improve the sensation of the cooler water temperatures.

Daylight Hours

Hours of Daylight shows the number of daylight hours to the nearest hour for the middle day of each month. Because the earth is tilted on its axis, the further one travels away from the equator the more variable day length can become. Within the Arctic and Antarctic circles this extends to days with no daylight or permanent daylight depending on the time of year.

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