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Caribbean weather conditions of the  Dominican Republic

Weather in the Dominican Republic

One of the major attractions of the Domincan Republic is its fantastic climate.  The weather remains tropical year round, with slight variations dividing it into basically two seasons, summer and winter. The wonderful sunny climate encourages the purchase of vacation homes and  makes the beaches a must, but the climate is also highly favoured by golfers.  Being in a tropical zone brings humidity, but on the coast the sea breezes make it feel less hot and more comfortable, perfect for golf, watersports and relaxing.  

Temperatures average 23°C in the early mornings to 32°C at mid-day. There is little difference between winter and summer temperatures with July averaging at 82ºF (28ºC) and January at 76ºF (23ºC).  
The months of May and November-December are regarded as the rainy season. The hurricane season** lasts from June through November, with August-September being the peak months. 

The Dominican Republic weather – Cool Season

The “cool season” is from November to April, with what is considered pleasantly warm weather, relatively low humidity and low precipitation. The temperature hovers fairly constantly around 27°C (80°F) during the day and drops to around a comfortable 20°C (68°F) at night. November and December are the months to expect rain and it can be heavy although brief.

The Dominican Republic weather – Hot Season 

This is approximately from May to October. Average temperatures rise to 31°C (87°F) during the daytime and drop to about 22°C (72°F) at night. At the height of summer, expect the temperature to rise above 30°C (90°-100°F) There is high humidity, which means there is more chance of rain from May to August, but usually the 30-minute tropical (sometimes heavy) showers are overnight.

The Dominican Republic weather – Hurricanes? 

The Caribbean hurricane season lasts from June to end November. August and September are the months when most hurricanes have hit and these affect the south and east coast primarily. In the rare instance when a hurricane comes over the island, because the north coast is sheltered by two mountain ranges, it is usually downgraded to a tropical storm, only resuming hurricane strength when it reaches the open seas.  Statistics show that the Dominican Republic has historically fared better than many other Caribbean islands or coast of the USA.

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