This report describes the typical weather at the Gregorio Luperón International Airport (Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic) weather station over the course of an average August. 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 August is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 90°F throughout the month, exceeding 93°F or dropping below 87°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of August, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is August 31 with 12:31 hours of daylight; the longest day is August 1 with 13:00 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:18am on August 1; the latest sunset is at 7:19pm on August 1; the latest sunrise is at 6:27am on August 31; the earliest sunset is at 6:58pm on August 31.
Daylight saving 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 August 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 31% of the time, partly cloudy 27% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 20% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the month. Precipitation is most likely around August 26, occurring in 37% of days. Precipitation is least likely around August 1, occurring in 28% of days.
Throughout August, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms, moderate rain, and light rain.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 66% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around August 31, when it is observed during 27% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 16% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around August 18, when it is observed during 6% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 15% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around August 10, when it is observed during 6% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in August or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 64% (mildly humid) to 94% (very humid) over the course of a typical August, rarely dropping below 57% (mildly humid) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around August 21, at which time the relative humidity drops below 68% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around August 23, 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 August, the dew point typically varies from 73°F (very muggy) to 79°F (oppressive) and is rarely below 71°F (muggy) or above 81°F (very oppressive).
Over the course of August typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 15 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 20 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 10 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around August 19, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 15 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 6 mph (light breeze) occurs around August 17, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 15 mph (moderate breeze).