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The climate of Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)
Punta Cana is a region in the eastern part of the Dominican Republic. It was named after the many Cana Palm trees that grow here. Punta Cana hardly has any villages or inhabitants the entire area exclusively consists of palm trees, beautiful beaches and luxurious resorts where tourists allow themselves to be pampered. The nearest town is Higüey, about 100,000 people live here. This city doesn’t offer any romance and has no wealth. This is the only place that is at a reasonably distance from Punta Cana and can be visited by public transportation. A bus will take you to Higüey in an hour and is a true adventure. The town is not in anyway tourist oriented so don’t expect any shopping malls or luxurious restaurants. This is an average Dominican town with a standard of life far below ours.
Whoever travels from Punta Cana’s pleasant international airport to their hotel will be duly impressed by the picture postcard white beaches and the impressive blue sea.
Punta Cana has a pleasant tropical savannah climate. Almost every day you can enjoy pleasant temperatures and many hours of sunshine. Punta Cana doesn’t get much rainfall. Rainfall is usually short-lived. From the pool you can watch the clouds move further inland. Just like the entire area there are chances of hurricanes in Punta Cana. However, these chances are smaller than in the western part. This is caused by other islands, especially Puerto Rico that acts as a buffer and protects this area from hurricane activity which usually comes from the east. Whoever wants to get married here or wants to go on their honeymoon here without having chances of hurricanes best travels during the period from December to April. Hurricanes don’t occur during this period and chances of rainfall are a little smaller.
The sea water has pleasant temperatures of 26-29 degrees Celsius all year round. Because the temperature of the water and the temperature of the air are a little different the water has a cooling effect without giving you the feeling of having to plunge into cold water. The warm and clear water in combination with the silver-like beaches make for ideal circumstances to see tropical fish whilst snorkeling. You don’t need a boat trip for this. You just have to walk into the sea with your snorkeling gear and swim for a little while to enjoy the wealth of colors displayed by the diversity of fish species.

 

Climate information
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for Punta Cana:

average
 maximum
temperature (°C)

average
minimum

temperature (°C)
average
hours of sunshine

per
day
average days with precipitation
per month
average
mm
precipitation
per month
average
sea
temperature (°C)
January 28 21 8 9 27
February 28 21 9 8 26
March 29 21 9 8 26
April 30 22 9 8 27
May 31 23 8 11 27
June 31 23 8 11 28
July 32 24 9 13 28
August 32 24 9 13 29
September 32 24 8 14 29
October 31 23 8 15 29
November 30 23 8 12 28
December 29 22 7 11 27
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm

More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but don’t present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period. The figures don’t always reflect the chance of wintry weather, extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate information for each month of the year:
 

chance of
(very) hot

weather

chance of
(very) cool
weather
chance of
long-term

precipitation
chance of
hurricanes
(cyclones)
chance of
sunny days

UV-index

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
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Disclaimer
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