Coming in at number one, with an overall average wind speed of 22.7 mph, was Wellington, the capital of New Zealand.
Thanks in large part to its coastal location and exposure to a consistent westerly wind, residents of Wellington likely already know how stormy the weather can get over the year, but high points include January and February, with both months seeing a powerful average wind speed of 22.65 mph.
Following on from Wellington we have Rio Gallegos, the largest city in the Argentinian province of Patagonia. Here, residents can experience an average wind speed of 21.1 mph over the course of the year.
Of course, that’s not to say Rio Gallegos is windy all the time. As our data shows, May, June, and July are fairly quiet months, with winds reaching just 12.661 mph on average. However, care should be taken in January, where the average windspeeds can reach as high as 25.67 mph – the highest average monthly windspeed recorded on our list!
Moving to the third windiest city, residents of St Johns, Canada, likely get a similar wind experience to those living in Rio Gallego, experiencing the same average wind speed of 21.1 mph.
The windspeeds around St Johns are fairly consistent around the year, sitting between 13.812 mph in the summer before rising to 17.265 mph by winter. But the one month to watch out for is February. Here winds can reach a speed of 25.67 mph, matching the average January wind speeds found in Rio Gallego.
In fourth place is Baku, Azerbaijan. Sat right on Azerbaijan’s peninsular, Baku is perfectly positioned to experience consistently windy weather throughout the year.
Like our other top five cities, both January and February continue to be the windiest months for the city, with winds reaching an average of 16.61 and 18.12 mph respectively, which is just higher than the average overall windspeed for the city, which sits at 18.1 mph.
Finally, for our fifth windiest city, we land on Dodge City in Kansas, USA. Famed for its Wild West history, Dodge City also has a well-earned reputation for windy weather, as shown by its average windspeed of 18.1 mph, putting it on par with Baku.
Interestingly, while February is certainly a windy month for Dodge City, with winds reaching an average of 19.63 mph, residents also get to experience consistently low windspeeds from August to December, where they range from lows of just 11.51 to 13.812 mph.
A list of global cities was collated to be analysed. The figures were taken from the nearest weather station for each city according to windfinder.com. The average wind speed in knots per second (KPS) was then converted to miles per hour (MPH) for each city on the list. These were then ranked accordingly based on the highest wind speed.
The average wind speed for each month was also collated to determine the windiest month for each city on the list, as well as the average wind gusts per city.
Average wind speeds and gusts (Knots Per Second) – https://www.windfinder.com/windstatistics/