Dominican Republic Climate

   
 
 

The Dominican Republic Climate Guide is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine. The climate guide shown below is for Punta Cana.

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Max Daytime Temperature (°C) 28°C (82°F) Max Daytime Temperature in January in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 28°C (82°F) Max Daytime Temperature in February in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 29°C (84°F) Max Daytime Temperature in March in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 30°C (86°F) Max Daytime Temperature in April in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 30°C (86°F) Max Daytime Temperature in May in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 31°C (88°F) Max Daytime Temperature in June in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 32°C (90°F) Max Daytime Temperature in July in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 32°C (90°F) Max Daytime Temperature in August in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 32°C (90°F) Max Daytime Temperature in September in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 31°C (88°F) Max Daytime Temperature in October in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 30°C (86°F) Max Daytime Temperature in November in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 29°C (84°F) Max Daytime Temperature in December in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana)
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) 21°C (70°F) Min Night-time Temperature in January in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 21°C (70°F) Min Night-time Temperature in February in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 21°C (70°F) Min Night-time Temperature in March in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 22°C (72°F) Min Night-time Temperature in April in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 23°C (73°F) Min Night-time Temperature in May in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 23°C (73°F) Min Night-time Temperature in June in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 24°C (75°F) Min Night-time Temperature in July in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 24°C (75°F) Min Night-time Temperature in August in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 24°C (75°F) Min Night-time Temperature in September in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 23°C (73°F) Min Night-time Temperature in October in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 22°C (72°F) Min Night-time Temperature in November in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 22°C (72°F) Min Night-time Temperature in December in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana)
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 8 Hours of Bright Sunshine per day (73% of Daylight Hours) in January in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 9 Hours of Bright Sunshine per day (74% of Daylight Hours) in February in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 9 Hours of Bright Sunshine per day (74% of Daylight Hours) in March in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 9 Hours of Bright Sunshine per day (69% of Daylight Hours) in April in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 8 Hours of Bright Sunshine per day (61% of Daylight Hours) in May in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 8 Hours of Bright Sunshine per day (64% of Daylight Hours) in June in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 9 Hours of Bright Sunshine per day (65% of Daylight Hours) in July in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 9 Hours of Bright Sunshine per day (68% of Daylight Hours) in August in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 8 Hours of Bright Sunshine per day (65% of Daylight Hours) in September in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 8 Hours of Bright Sunshine per day (66% of Daylight Hours) in October in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 8 Hours of Bright Sunshine per day (69% of Daylight Hours) in November in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 7 Hours of Bright Sunshine per day (67% of Daylight Hours) in December in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana)
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 11 Hours of Daylight in January in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 12 Hours of Daylight in February in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 12 Hours of Daylight in March in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 13 Hours of Daylight in April in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 13 Hours of Daylight in May in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 13 Hours of Daylight in June in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 13 Hours of Daylight in July in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 13 Hours of Daylight in August in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 12 Hours of Daylight in September in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 12 Hours of Daylight in October in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 11 Hours of Daylight in November in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 11 Hours of Daylight in December in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana)
Heat and Humidity Discomfort Moderate heat & humidity in January in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) Moderate heat & humidity in February in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) High heat & humidity in March in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) High heat & humidity in April in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) High heat & humidity in May in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) Very high heat & humidity in June in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) Very high heat & humidity in July in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) Very high heat & humidity in August in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) Very high heat & humidity in September in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) Very high heat & humidity in October in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) High heat & humidity in November in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) Moderate heat & humidity in December in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana)
Days with some Rainfall 16 Days with some Rainfall in January in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 12 Days with some Rainfall in February in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 12 Days with some Rainfall in March in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 11 Days with some Rainfall in April in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 13 Days with some Rainfall in May in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 14 Days with some Rainfall in June in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 16 Days with some Rainfall in July in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 16 Days with some Rainfall in August in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 15 Days with some Rainfall in September in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 16 Days with some Rainfall in October in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 16 Days with some Rainfall in November in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 17 Days with some Rainfall in December in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana)
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 67 mm (2.6 inches) Monthly Rainfall in January in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 55 mm (2.2 inches) Monthly Rainfall in February in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 53 mm (2.1 inches) Monthly Rainfall in March in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 73 mm (2.9 inches) Monthly Rainfall in April in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 131 mm (5.2 inches) Monthly Rainfall in May in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 112 mm (4.4 inches) Monthly Rainfall in June in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 92 mm (3.6 inches) Monthly Rainfall in July in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 101 mm (4.0 inches) Monthly Rainfall in August in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 109 mm (4.3 inches) Monthly Rainfall in September in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 142 mm (5.6 inches) Monthly Rainfall in October in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 119 mm (4.7 inches) Monthly Rainfall in November in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 89 mm (3.5 inches) Monthly Rainfall in December in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana)
UV Index (Maximum) UV (Maximum) Index 8 (Very High) in January in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) UV (Maximum) Index 10 (Very High) in February in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) UV (Maximum) Index 11+ (Extreme) in March in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) UV (Maximum) Index 11+ (Extreme) in April in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) UV (Maximum) Index 11+ (Extreme) in May in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) UV (Maximum) Index 11+ (Extreme) in June in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) UV (Maximum) Index 11+ (Extreme) in July in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) UV (Maximum) Index 11+ (Extreme) in August in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) UV (Maximum) Index 11+ (Extreme) in September in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) UV (Maximum) Index 10 (Very High) in October in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) UV (Maximum) Index 8 (Very High) in November in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) UV (Maximum) Index 7 (High) in December in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana)
Sea Temperature (°C) 27°C (81°F) Sea Temperature in January in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 26°C (79°F) Sea Temperature in February in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 26°C (79°F) Sea Temperature in March in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 27°C (81°F) Sea Temperature in April in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 27°C (81°F) Sea Temperature in May in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 28°C (82°F) Sea Temperature in June in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 28°C (82°F) Sea Temperature in July in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 29°C (84°F) Sea Temperature in August in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 29°C (84°F) Sea Temperature in September in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 29°C (84°F) Sea Temperature in October in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 28°C (82°F) Sea Temperature in November in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) 27°C (81°F) Sea Temperature in December in Dominican Republic (Punta Cana)
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The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two thirds of the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean which it shares with Haiti. Its capital, Santo Domingo, is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas, and was the first seat of Spanish colonial government in the New World.

The island is rugged and mountainous and, when Columbus first arrived, was covered in thick forest. Today most of this has been cleared but some pockets do remain particularly in the north-east and on the mountain ranges that run from west to east.

The Dominican Republic is home to some of the finest beaches in the Caribbean, notably on the north coast around Puerto Plata where there is a mixture of resorts and miles of unspoilt shoreline. Scuba diving, kite-surfing and whale watching are popular pastimes around these shores. There are also some very fine golf courses.

The tropical climate of the Dominican Republic is dominated by the north-east trade winds that blow almost continuously year round. Over most of the country, excluding the north coast, there is a rainy season that lasts from May to November. This generally peaks during October when rain comes late in the afternoon in the form of heavy and thundery downpours.

A winter dry season follows, running from December to March. In these months both temperature and humidity are reduced, with 7 to 8 hours of sunshine a day, broken only by a few clouds and occasional showers over the hills and mountains.

The north coast has slightly different weather patterns from the rest of the country because of its direct contact with the trade winds. Most rain occurs later in the year, from October to January, and sunnier, drier conditions prevail during the hotter summer months from May to September. However during this time heat and humidity is generally very high.

Throughout the country daytime temperatures show little seasonal variation from month to month and, even in the rainy season, there is still a considerable amount of sunshine. However because of the high heat and humidity during this time overall probably January to March is the most pleasant time to visit the Dominican Republic. This is also the time for whale watching in the north, particularly in the waters off Nagua.

Hurricanes can strike the island any time between June and November but the chances of this happening are greatest from mid-September to mid-November.

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