This report describes the typical weather at the Gregorio Luperón International Airport (Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic) weather station over the course of an average April. It is based on the historical records from 1997 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Puerto Plata has a tropical rainforest climate with no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by forests (48%), oceans and seas (47%), and marshes (4%).
The month of April is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 85°F throughout the month, exceeding 88°F or dropping below 80°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of April, the length of the day is gradually increasing. The shortest day of the month is April 1 with 12:21 hours of daylight; the longest day is April 30 with 12:51 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:14am on April 30; the latest sunset is at 7:05pm on April 30; the latest sunrise is at 6:35am on April 1; the earliest sunset is at 6:56pm on April 1.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in 2012.
The median cloud cover ranges from 48% (partly cloudy) to 54% (partly cloudy). The trend is for the sky to be becoming cloudier with the median cloud cover increasing by 6% from the start to the end of the month.
On April 15, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 31% of the time, partly cloudy 26% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 22% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the month. Precipitation is most likely around April 30, occurring in 38% of days. Precipitation is least likely around April 1, occurring in 31% of days.
Throughout April, the most common forms of precipitation are light rain, moderate rain, and thunderstorms.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 37% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around April 2, when it is observed during 14% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 32% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around April 13, when it is observed during 12% of all days.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 29% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around April 30, when it is observed during 14% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in April or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 66% (mildly humid) to 95% (very humid) over the course of a typical April, rarely dropping below 57% (mildly humid) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around April 6, at which time the relative humidity drops below 70% (humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around April 1, rising above 92% (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 April, the dew point typically varies from 68°F (muggy) to 75°F (very muggy) and is rarely below 65°F (muggy) or above 78°F (oppressive).
Over the course of April typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 14 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 18 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 6 mph (light breeze) occurs around April 7, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 14 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 5 mph (light breeze) occurs around April 27, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 13 mph (moderate breeze).