Before booking your next vacation, you must have at least a basic understanding of the Punta Cana rainy season. You don't want to find yourself in the middle of the rain struggling to get some sunlight when you thought you were going to enjoy long hours of sun every day.
Also is very important to know when storms are more likely to get close to the area so you can adjust your schedule accordingly. What is the best time to travel to the resorts? That is one of the most common questions we ask ourselves when planning a trip to the Caribbean.
To have the vacation as planned, you have to learn the times of the year when there is a higher probability of rain. You also need to be aware of the amount of precipitation that may fall on any given day. But that's not all. Knowing for how long it rains and the times of the day when it happens, will provide you with the necessary data to adjust your schedule and have fun when everybody else is worried about the weather. Finally, the hurricane season is one turn off for most travelers. However, by following a few tips, it won't be a problem.
Unlike other parts of the world, there isn't a rainy season per se in Punta Cana. Still, that doesn't mean the rainfall is always the same. There are months when it rains more, and there are months when it rains less (forum).
In the last few years, most of the rain has been occurring in May, September, October, June and August. May is the leading month with 196.26 mm (7.72 inches). September is second with an average of 161.03 mm (6.33 inches). October follows with 143.86 mm (5.66 inches) of rain. June and August have 136.99 mm (5.39 inches) and 136.65 mm (5.37 inches) respectively.
It hasn't always been that way though. Before 2009, October
used to be the month with the highest rainfall, followed by May and
then November. So it is possible that we may see a few changes in the
Now you know which are the months with the highest amount of rainfall in the Punta Cana weather (data). But what about the ones with the least amount? I'm sure you want to know which are those. March with 57.18 mm (2.25 inches) is the first; February is second with 60.77 mm (2.39 inches) and last is January with 84.9 mm (3.34 inches).
If you look at the numbers closely, you can see that the
difference between May and March, the one with the highest and the one
with the least precipitation, is over 139 mm (5.47 inches).
You might be thinking, why would anyone travel to Punta Cana
in May when the best time to do it is in March? My friend, some things
in life are out of your control. If the only date available to
celebrate your Punta Cana wedding is in May, would you rather have it
somewhere else or would you go with it anyway? What about a mandatory
vacation? What if you are a guest of the wedding? It isn't like you can
tell whoever invited you to change the date. Well, you could, but that
doesn't mean the person will do it. What can you do?
In the following video, you can see how
the weather in Punta Cana looks most of the time:
The first thing you have to understand is
the amount of rain that may fall in a single day. During May, you may
see days with an average of 6.33 mm (0.24 inches). Is that the
equivalent of a flood? Not by a long shot. It is just a light shower
that may leave a few puddles, but nothing more, and I'm talking about
the rainiest month. Most of the time it is going to be less than that.
Of course, no one wants even a drop of water
(unless it is from the ocean) while bathing in the sun. The next thing
you have to consider is the length of the showers. In Punta Cana, the
average shower lasts from 20 to 30 minutes. In some cases, it might be
up to an hour. I can tell you 30 minutes of drizzling won't ruin your
time in paradise.
In addition to knowing how much and for how
long it is going to rain, you have to learn the preferred time of
rainfalls. By keeping an eye on the afternoons (and occasionally the
mornings), you can have a pretty good idea when a naughty shower might
be showing its head.
In a rainy month like May, you will find
that the majority of the weather websites will have a 40% or higher
chance of precipitation for several days in a row (reference). Does that mean your
vacation is over? Not really. A
probability of less than 50% is nothing to worry about. What about 70%?
If you see a high number like that, then you have to take a look at the
estimated amount. 6 to 7 mm (0.24 to 0.28 in) of rainfall is no big deal.
Also, predicting the weather in the tropics is much harder than in any other area. I have seen how the forecasts fail more often than not. Of course, there are times when they are right, but even then, it doesn't mean it will rain from sunrise to sunset. Furthermore, the estimated amount is rarely anything extraordinary that might warrant rescheduling your trip.
If you see
several days of 80% chance and 20 mm (0.79 inches) or over though, then you have to
take a closer look at the weather forecast.
The hurricane season is one of those exceptions when you have to pay real close attention to the weather. From June to November, which is the length of the season, there are tropical disturbances that might cause severe rain issues (source).
Although the chance of a hurricane or
tropical storm making a landfall in the Dominican Republic is fairly
small, there is always the possibility. August, September, and October
are the months to watch. Sometimes strong tropical waves can also
deliver massive rainfall, so if you see any close to the DR, prepare
your umbrella and rain jacket.
Now that you have a better understanding of the Punta Cana rainy season, you should feel confident that unless there is a significant weather event going on, your vacation will go on as planned. The weather is good enough to practice any sport and we recommend you to bring an umbrella with you, just in case it rains a little.
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