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The weather guide for Costa Rica (San Jose) shows long term weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia) & today's weather forecast provided by meteoblue. Find out more about our data sources.
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Costa Rica weather overview
Costa Rica is a small mountainous country between Nicaragua and Panama and shares many elements of its climate with the latter. Temperatures are high throughout the year, especially on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts which experience some rain all year and get very wet and sticky indeed during the May to November rainy season.
If you prefer more temperate conditions, head for the hills where the air is crisper and the nights are cooler.
What to pack for Costa Rica weather
Pack light clothing with warmer clothes for the chilly highland nights and a light raincoat for the rainy season.
Which is the hottest month in Costa Rica?
The hottest time of year in San Jose, Costa Rica is normally May. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 25°C with low heat and humidity.
Which month has the most rain in Costa Rica?
In terms of rainfall, September is usually the wettest month in San Jose, Costa Rica with 372mm on average. There are normally 24 days in September with some rain.
When is it sunniest in Costa Rica?
The sunniest time of year in San Jose, Costa Rica is normally March with bright sunshine on average for 60% of daylight hours; that's 7 hours of sunshine per day.
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