Dominican Republic climate guide: monthly weather averages

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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 Dominican Republic climate guide shown below is for Punta Cana. Read more about the climate in Dominican Republic.

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Hours of Sunshine (daily)

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Days with some Rainfall

Min Night Temperature (°C)

Hours of Daylight (daily)

Heat & Humidity index

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  • Note: 0 = None, L = Low, M = Moderate, H = High, VH = Very high, E = Extreme

Monthly Rainfall (mm)

UV index (maximum)

Sea Temperature (°C)

Metric (°C / mm)  |  Imperial (°F / inches)

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Dominican Republic sunrise & sunset times for ClimateGuides 2017

Browse the sunrise & sunset times for Dominican Republic in ClimateGuides 2017. Select a month to view Dominican Republic sunrise & sunset times for the next twelve months. The Dominican Republic sunrise & sunset times shown below are for Punta Cana.

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Date Sunrise times Sunset times
Thursday, 1st December 2016 06:50 17:56
Friday, 2nd December 2016 06:51 17:56
Saturday, 3rd December 2016 06:52 17:56
Sunday, 4th December 2016 06:52 17:56
Monday, 5th December 2016 06:53 17:57
Tuesday, 6th December 2016 06:53 17:57
Wednesday, 7th December 2016 06:54 17:57
Thursday, 8th December 2016 06:55 17:57
Friday, 9th December 2016 06:55 17:58
Saturday, 10th December 2016 06:56 17:58
Sunday, 11th December 2016 06:56 17:58
Monday, 12th December 2016 06:57 17:59
Tuesday, 13th December 2016 06:58 17:59
Wednesday, 14th December 2016 06:58 18:00
Thursday, 15th December 2016 06:59 18:00
Friday, 16th December 2016 06:59 18:01
Saturday, 17th December 2016 07:00 18:01
Sunday, 18th December 2016 07:00 18:01
Monday, 19th December 2016 07:01 18:02
Tuesday, 20th December 2016 07:01 18:02
Wednesday, 21st December 2016 07:02 18:03
Thursday, 22nd December 2016 07:02 18:03
Friday, 23rd December 2016 07:03 18:04
Saturday, 24th December 2016 07:03 18:05
Sunday, 25th December 2016 07:04 18:05
Monday, 26th December 2016 07:04 18:06
Tuesday, 27th December 2016 07:04 18:06
Wednesday, 28th December 2016 07:05 18:07
Thursday, 29th December 2016 07:05 18:07
Friday, 30th December 2016 07:06 18:08
Saturday, 31st December 2016 07:06 18:09
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Dominican Republic climate overview

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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