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 July. 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 July is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 88°F throughout the month, exceeding 91°F or dropping below 86°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of July, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is July 31 with 12:58 hours of daylight; the longest day is July 1 with 13:13 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:01am on July 1; the latest sunset is at 7:15pm on July 5; the latest sunrise is at 6:11am on July 31; the earliest sunset is at 7:09pm on July 31.
Daylight savings time (DST) is not observed in 2012.
The median cloud cover is 52% (partly cloudy) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On July 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 23% of the time, partly cloudy 43% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 23% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 50%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout July, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 80% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around July 1, when it is observed during 42% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in July or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 66% (mildly humid) to 92% (very humid) over the course of a typical July, rarely dropping below 59% (mildly humid) and reaching as high as 98% (very humid).
The air is driest around July 8, at which time the relative humidity drops below 70% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around July 1, rising above 89% (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 July, the dew point typically varies from 73°F (very muggy) to 78°F (oppressive) and is rarely below 69°F (muggy) or above 81°F (very oppressive).
Over the course of July typical wind speeds vary from 2 mph to 15 mph (light air to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 79 mph (hurricane).
The highest average wind speed of 11 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around July 24, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 15 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 10 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around July 1, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 14 mph (moderate breeze).