Weather in Punta Cana

Weather in Punta Cana

The weather in Punta Cana is tropically warm all year round with an annual average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius and precipitation. During the dry period from December to April it rains less – only 6 to 7 days per month. Most of the time, however, it remains dry. In the rainy season between May and October, precipitation falls on an average of 11 days, with more rain falling in the autumn months than in summer. The temperatures are constant all year round. They move between 29 and 31 degrees Celsius during the day and 19 to 23 degrees Celsius at night. The high humidity over 80 percent during the rainy season, however, means that the temperatures are perceived as much warmer than they are. This can be a bit uncomfortable for some. In addition, cyclones can occur in Punta Cana during the rainy season. More on this in the next sections. The months December to April offer less rain, temperatures between 29 and 30 degrees Celsius and a more tolerable humidity level below 80 percent. Find out below what the current weather in Punta Cana is , during the rainy season, during the hurricane season and in an annual overview. So you will certainly travel to the Dominican Republic at the optimal travel time.

Live weather Punta Cana

An overview of the current weather in Punta Cana and a weather forecast for the next three days can be found here. You can see the highest and lowest expected daily temperature, the humidity in percent and the wind speed in kilometers per hour. In addition, the icons show you whether the weather will be sunny or rainy. For more information on live weather in Punta Cana click the weather widget.

Punta Cana weather during the rainy season

Punta Cana weather during the rainy season

According to Thenailmythology, the rainy season in Punta Cana is from June to October. During this time, a higher probability of rain must be expected. There is also a high humidity of over 80 percent. While the weather in the summer months of June, July and August is tropical and warm with over 31 degrees Celsius, you can expect just as high temperatures in September and October, but an even greater probability of rain. The wettest month is October. In general, the weather on the south coast is drier than on the north coast. Do you plan your Punta Cana vacation during the rainy season? Don’t worry that it will rain all the time. As a rule, the showers come in violent bursts and are over after one to two hours. After the tropical rain shower, the sun shows up again against a cloudless sky. It is unlikely that it will rain continuously for several days at a time. So you don’t have to worry and you can take your bargain vacation in the rainy season – preferably in the summer months. That is the big advantage of this time of year: The prices for a Punta Cana vacation are falling. Nevertheless, I advise you not to take a vacation during the rainy season in September . This is the time when hurricanes are at greatest risk . Learn more about this in the next section.

Weather in Punta Cana during hurricane season

Weather in Punta Cana during hurricane season

During the rainy season, Punta Cana has hurricane season as well . It is advertised for the months May to November . During this time, hurricanes can rock the weather in Punta Cana. The greatest likelihood of a cyclone is in September. The hurricanes form on the west coast of Africa, cross the Atlantic and pass the Caribbean Sea. In most cases, the hurricanes do not reach the coast. Only a stormy wind rages on the Caribbean islands, storm clouds gather and it rains in heavy torrents. The sea rages in high waves, so it is not suitable for swimming. If the cyclones are strong, they can also reach the country.

A strong cyclone that reached the Caribbean islands last occurred in September 2017 . Hurricane Maria hit the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico in particular, causing many floods, damage and deaths. The Dominican Republic was also hit by Hurricane Maria, albeit not as badly as Puerto Rico. In the Dom Rep there were floods and in some cases around 350,000 people were without electricity . A state of emergency was declared on the Caribbean island for a few days. The airport in Punta Cana was closed and people sought refuge inland, as far away from the coast as possible. Hurricane Maria reached a wind speed of around 195 kilometers per hour in the Dominican Republic.

What does this mean for your vacation in Punta Cana?

If you can, it makes sense to avoid the month of September for a vacation in Punta Cana . This is the most vulnerable month for cyclones. On the other hand, Hurricane Maria in September 2017 showed that civil protection in the Dominican Republicis practiced. Despite the strong cyclone, no one was harmed. The power outages were fixed and just a few days after the hurricane, the Dominican Republic looked the same as before: tidy, clean and inviting for a vacation. I was able to find out for myself when I traveled to Punta Cana just one day after the tourism authorities gave the all-clear. I have to say that Punta Cana and the entire Dominican Republic were lucky with Hurricane Maria that they weren’t too badly hit. Of course, this can also turn out very differently. Hence, the hurricane threat should not be in the Caribbean taken lightly. Please consider carefully whether you should plan your vacation at a different time than during the hurricane season. Before planning your vacation, pay attention to the weather forecast for the Dominican Republic and the information from the German Foreign Office on natural disasters. In the event of an emergency, it is important that you follow the advice of the authorities and hotel workers. They have been trained for such situations by civil protection and know how to help you best. If you want to find out how to behave in a hurricane before you arrive, take a look at the information on hurricanes abroad that the Federal Foreign Office has put together.