Samana, Dominican Republic Island of Hispañola
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Weather in the Dominican Republic
varies very slightly throughout the year. The Dominican Republic
enjoys a year round privileged maritime climate. Sea breezes refresh
the insular territory evening out temperatures to average 23° C in the early
mornings and 32° C at noon, all year round. The lowest temperatures
occur in the mountain areas near Constanza and the Cordillera Central
mountain range (Valle Nuevo and Pico Durarte), where temperatures below
freezing point have been registered, though record highs have been
registered at the frontier with Haiti at 39°C in the summer. But even
in the mountain cities, like Jarabacoa and Constanza, the average
temperature ranges from 18°-28°C (66°-84°F).
Average year round temperatures on the coasts range from 25°-34°C (77°-93°F). August and September are also the two hottest months of the year, with temperatures peaking at 32°-34°C (90°-94°F).
December through April are the "cooler" months, when the temperatures may descend to 18°C (66°F) on February mornings. Noon temperatures on those same days are usually up to 28°C (83°F). March through April are the breezy months - time for flying kites!
Take note that most of the rain occurs at sunrise or at night. Unless there is a cold front in the area, the average teperatures island-wide will be around 80° - 82°F (26°-27°C), and the weather changes only slightly from season to season in the Dominican Republic.
Unless there is a rare tropical wave or storm in the vicinity, the 300+ day forecast for the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean, in general, is "partly sunny or partly cloudy with a posibility of a brief shower," with temperatures around 26°-27°C (80°-84°F) all year.
It rains more frequently on the North Coast than in the South, and the East Coast is the driest. Only very occasionally will a storm be passing by that will bring more than an afternoon of rain.
November: the wettest month of the year in
Samana. However on beaches on the outlying parts of the Pensinsula, rain
seldom lasts more than a few minutes at a time. Then the sun is out again!
Rainstorms in the Caribbean are not like rainstorms in northern latitudes.
In the Caribbean, they usually last less than five minutes and then the sun
shines again. While many Dominican pedestrians have their umbrellas,
Dominicans do not own raincoats; they just step under an overhang, and wait
for the rain to pass.
The hurricane season: August - September peak months. Hurricanes are rare events. Caribbean hurricanes in June and July are rare because the waters are not warm enough to generate the appropriate conditions for strong storms to develop. Historically, big hurricanes have been widely spaced out through the years, and for the most part have hit the less populated southwestern and western coasts of the Dominican Republic. USA Today mentions the Dominican Republic as having a lower possibilty of being affected by a hurricane than Antigua, Jamaida, Bahamas, U.S. Virigin Islands or Puerto Rico.
The likelihood of being caught in a hurricane in the Dominican Republic is statistically very low. The last hurricane to hit the island was in 1998, and before that in 1979. Historically, the only hurricane to affect the Dominican Republic in August was Hurricane David, a category 5 storm, precisely on the last day of the month, 31 August in 1979. September is usually the month to watch for hurricanes in the DR.
DR1 has compiled a weather page
and a hurricane page to equip Dominicans and visitors alike with background
information, what to expect in a hurricane, and links to pages with weather
information as it relates to the Dominican Republic for following online.
Updated January 2016