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Best time to visit Dominican Republic

The best time to visit the Dominican Republic is during the winter dry season between December and April when temperatures average 25°C (77°F), rising to a high of 28°C (82°F).

Dominican Republic Weather

The Dominican Republic experiences a tropical climate alternating between a wet and dry season with little variation in temperature.

The warm, dry season lasts from December to April with an average high of 28°C (82°F) and a low of 22°C (72°F).

The hot, wet season lasts from May to November with daily highs rising to 31°C (88°F). Most of the rain falls as brief tropical downpours most often in the evening allowing many hours of sunny weather during the day. May is the wettest month.

The northern coast experiences a short wet season between November and January.

June to November is the official hurricane season, which are most common in August and September.

Despite the heat of summer and occasional rains, the Dominican Republic is a year-round holiday destination.

Seawater temperatures range from 27°C (81°F) in winter to 29°C (84°F) in summer.

Seasons

High season: Mid-December to mid-April

Low season: From May to November, with discounts on hotels, car rentals and tours.

Dominican Republic – Monthly Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave Temp (°C) 24 24 25 25 26 27 27 27 27 27 26 22
Ave High Temp (°C) 29 29 30 30 31 31 31 31 31 31 30 30
Ave Low Temp (°C) 20 20 20 21 22 23 23 23 23 22 21 20
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7
Daylight (Hrs daily) 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Comfort Level Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon
Ave Humidity (%) 85 85 85 85 85 85 85 85 85 85 85 85
UV Index 8 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 9 7
Days with some Rain 9 5 7 7 10 9 10 9 10 9 9 8
Ave Rainfall (mm) 50 40 40 70 170 150 150 160 170 160 110 60
Sea Temp (°C) 27 26 26 27 27 28 28 29 29 29 28 27
(Santo Domingo) J F M A M J J A S O N D

Note: Meteorological data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).


Latest update: Best time to visit the Dominican Republic : 18 November, 2018


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