When one is trying to book a holiday, factoring in the weather of your destination becomes of near vital importance. After all, unless specifically on a specialist chasing the storm holiday, no one wants to see their two week break in paradise ruined by a deluge of rain and gales that make the evermore powerful windburn more likely than sunburn.
If you are making the wise choice and planning a trip to the enchanting island nation of the Dominican Republic, it is still important to learn a little about the weather of the region. It can be easy to hear some of the famed words used to describe the Dominican Republic – such as ‘tropical’ and ‘Caribbean’ – and assume that you will be guaranteed a hot, dry climate at all times. While this is, by and large, true, there are some considerations regarding Dominican Republic whether that one should take into account when planning a visit there.
The weather of the Dominican Republic is described largely as tropical. While this does indeed mean scorching heat, beautiful clear skies and oceans are blue as sapphires, there is a downside. Tropical climates can be notoriously wet, particularly during their nature designated rain season. While the heat of a tropical climate is virtually consistent all year around, and rain is not continuous during the rain reason, if you are seeking little more from a holiday then a sun trap – it may be best to avoid the area during the wet season.
This wet season, like many tropical climes, runs from May to November – an unfortunate convergence with the time when many Western visitors will be seeking a summer holiday. If you cannot visit the island at any time other than summer, there is no need to fret – rain is not guaranteed and never continual, meaning you will most likely have several bright, dazzling days. It is also worth remembering that the most rain fall occurs in the northern and eastern regions, with extreme levels sometimes reaching 2500mm annually. This, however, drops to a far more manageable 500m average in the west; making the western region the first port of call if visiting during the summer months.
Another consideration for Dominican Republic weather is the heat. While this may be the reason you are visiting the island, in a desperate bid for sunshine, it is worth remembering that the weather can be oppressively hot and is therefore sensible to pack appropriate clothing. Average temperatures for the full year run between 21 and 25 degrees Celsius, making it one of the warmest regions on earth. In July, the peak of the summer and rain reason, temperatures can reach as high as 37 degrees Celsius – one would imagine, in such temperatures, a little of the seasonal rain would be much appreciated!
In a direct reverse to the rainfall pattern, the sun tends to be hotter on the western side of the region, with northern areas remaining the coolest. As the island is small, however, one can easily book a holiday with the intention of traveling through the climates – while they do not differ greatly, in such extreme temperatures a few degrees will make a difference.
If, however, you are seeking heat in a holiday, the Dominican Republic weather provides. The climate, though seasonal, is not such as a Western climate of four distinct seasons. The weather is, even during the rain, at least warm – ideal if you wish to escape from the chill of an American or European winter.