This report describes the typical weather at the Punta Cana International Airport (Punta Cana/Higüey, Dominican Republic) weather station over the course of an average December. It is based on the historical records from 2006 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Punta Cana/Higüey has a tropical savanna climate with dry winters. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (69%) and forests (31%).
The month of December is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 84°F throughout the month, exceeding 86°F or dropping below 80°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of December, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is December 27 with 11:01 hours of daylight; the longest day is December 1 with 11:05 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:50am on December 1; the latest sunset is at 6:08pm on December 31; the latest sunrise is at 7:06am on December 30; the earliest sunset is at 5:55pm on December 1.
Daylight savings time (DST) is not observed in 2012.
The median cloud cover is 48% (partly cloudy) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On December 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 28% of the time, partly cloudy 45% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 18% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the month. Precipitation is most likely around December 2, occurring in 44% of days. Precipitation is least likely around December 24, occurring in 37% of days.
Throughout December, the most common forms of precipitation are light rain, moderate rain, and thunderstorms.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 43% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around December 21, when it is observed during 18% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 32% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around December 26, when it is observed during 14% of all days.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 18% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around December 1, when it is observed during 15% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in December or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 65% (mildly humid) to 94% (very humid) over the course of a typical December, rarely dropping below 58% (mildly humid) and reaching as high as 99% (very humid).
The air is driest around December 8, at which time the relative humidity drops below 70% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around December 16, rising above 91% (very humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a typical December, the dew point typically varies from 67°F (muggy) to 75°F (very muggy) and is rarely below 62°F (comfortable) or above 78°F (oppressive).
Over the course of December typical wind speeds vary from 4 mph to 16 mph (light breeze to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 22 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 11 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around December 19, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 15 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 11 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around December 4, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 15 mph (moderate breeze).