This report describes the typical weather at the Samaná El Catey International Airport (Samaná, Dominican Republic) weather station over the course of an average April. It is based on the historical records from 2009 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Samaná has a tropical rainforest climate with no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by forests (57%), oceans and seas (39%), and grasslands (4%).
The month of April is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 84°F throughout the month, exceeding 86°F or dropping below 81°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 12:20 hours of daylight; the longest day is April 30 with 12:51 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:11am on April 30; the latest sunset is at 7:01pm on April 29; the latest sunrise is at 6:33am on April 1; the earliest sunset is at 6:53pm on April 1.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in 2012.
The median cloud cover ranges from 51% (partly cloudy) to 59% (partly cloudy). The trend is for the sky to be becoming cloudier with the median cloud cover increasing by 7% from the start to the end of the month.
On April 15, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 13% of the time, partly cloudy 21% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 15% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the month. Precipitation is most likely around April 25, occurring in 41% of days. Precipitation is least likely around April 1, occurring in 31% of days.
Throughout April, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, light rain, and thunderstorms.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 39% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around April 20, when it is observed during 16% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 38% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around April 23, when it is observed during 16% of all days.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 18% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around April 26, when it is observed during 11% 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 69% (mildly humid) to 98% (very humid) over the course of a typical April, rarely dropping below 63% (mildly humid) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around April 7, at which time the relative humidity drops below 72% (humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around April 30, rising above 97% (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 69°F (muggy) to 76°F (very muggy) and is rarely below 66°F (muggy) or above 78°F (oppressive).
Over the course of April typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 17 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 20 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 10 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around April 23, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 17 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 6 mph (light breeze) occurs around April 13, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 17 mph (moderate breeze).