The Dominican Republic


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The Dominican Republic Weather

The Dominican Republic: the Island of the Everlasting Summer

...warm and pleasant temperatures year around...

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The Dominican Republic weather is warm and pleasant, no matter the time of the year. The climate in the Dominican Republic is tropical, so the island enjoys temperatures around 28-33 degrees C, (86-90 degrees F) all year round. High humidity levels also characterize this area, but the ever present breeze reduces temperatures and humidity, so the weather in the Dominican Republic is never unbearable. The sun shines for about 12 hours every day, and only in the rainy season there are some chances of seeing it disappear in the clouds during the day.

The friendly sun lures tourists to stay on the beaches for long hours, getting that beautiful Caribbean tan. Many of them underestimate the strength of the Dominican sun and end up going to see a doctor because of their sunburns. Staying too much in the sun, especially during the periods of the day when the sun is strong, could lead to severe sunburn, which usually implies serious symptoms. To make sure nothing ruins your vacation, don't expose yourself to the sun for too long, wear appropriate clothes and protect your head with a hat all the time.


When to go on a vacation to the Dominican Republic

...choosing the best period...

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Because the Dominican Republic weather is never cold, tourists can visit the island whenever they prefer. However, because the Dominican Republic climate is a tropical one, visitors might decide the time of their vacation there depending on a series of factors, like the amount of rainfall, the temperature of the water, or the chances of a hurricane striking the area. If rainfall is a decision factor, then you should know that the months with the least rainfall are February, March and April. During these months, temperatures rise to an average of 28-33 °C (86-90 °F) during the day, and to 18-22 °C (65-72 °F) at night. Rainfall depends on the area of the Dominican Republic. For example, Puerto Plata enjoys the most rain from November to February, and in May. However, rain might fall in every season. In the rainy season, it does not rain all the time. Usually, heavy raining falls only one or two days per week. Short showers are expected in all the other day.


The rainy season in the Dominican Republic

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Although the Dominican Republic weather is usually sunny, in some periods of the year, heavy rainfall is expected. This rainy season differs depending on the region. In the south and east, the rainy months are September, October and May. Some regions are drier than others. For example, during the dry season in Samana (on the northern coast), precipitations are similar to those that characterize the rainy season in Bayahibe or La Romana. Saona Island, which is very close to Bayahibe, has even less rainfall. This island, as well as other areas, has very specific weather systems.

The rainfall statistics on the Dominican Republic weather you can find on weather.com show that the driest area is La Romana, with 840 mm of rainfall per year. La Romana's resort area, Bayahibe, is even drier.

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Other areas receive more rainfall. 2103 mm of rain falls yearly in Samana, 1025 in Punta Cana, and 1769 in Puerto Plata. This is very general information on the Dominican Republic weather. Each destination has its own micro climate, but make sure to check the Dominican Republic weather forecast before going on vacation to any of those destinations.


About the Dominican Republic hurricanes

...hurricane season is from June to October...

The balance of the Dominican Republic weather might be, sometimes, shaken by the passage of hurricanes. The hurricane season lasts from June to November, but the highest chance of hurricane strike is in September. In fact, the word hurricane comes from the name of the ancient god of evil of the Lesser Antiles people, Huracan. The hurricanes that strike the Caribbean area form on the west coast of Africa and cross the Atlantic Oceans before hitting the Dominican Republic. Hurricanes receive names in order to be easy to identify. There are different names for the hurricanes of the Atlantic and those in the Pacific. The names can be found in alphabetical order on hurricane lists. These names rotate every 6 years, and the names of the retired storms are replaced.

Hurricane history in the Dominican Republic

...past hurricanes and tropical storms...

In 1979, hurricane David hit the Dominican Republic. It was followed by Georges, in 1988, and Jeanne, in 2004. The latter hurricane caused severe flooding and damage, interrupting many vacations. All the three above mentioned hurricane names have been retired from the naming system because of the damage they caused and their serious impact.


When hurricane strikes .....

...follow the instructions of the hotel management...

Visitors who come to enjoy the fine Dominican Republic weather should be prepared in case a hurricane hits the area, especially in September. However, the chances of a direct hurricane hit are very small in the Dominican Republic. Passing storms might affect the sunny Dominican Republic weather, causing heavy rainfall for one or two days, powerful winds and high ocean waves. Flooding might also occur. In case of danger, follow the instructions of the hotel management. They will ensure you will be evacuated safely to another area or out of the country. However, this will only happen in crisis situations, so you should know it is for your own good. Remember that hurricane chances are very low in the area, so you do not have much to worry about. If you want to find out more on the Dominican Republic weather or the storms and hurricanes in the area, visit the National Hurricane Center website.

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