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 January. 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 January is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 83°F throughout the month, exceeding 84°F or dropping below 81°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of January, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is January 1 with 11:03 hours of daylight; the longest day is January 31 with 11:19 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 7:06am on January 1; the latest sunset is at 6:27pm on January 31; the latest sunrise is at 7:09am on January 19; the earliest sunset is at 6:08pm on January 1.
Daylight savings time (DST) is not observed in 2012.
The median cloud cover is 47% (partly cloudy) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On January 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 31% of the time, partly cloudy 41% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 17% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the month. Precipitation is most likely around January 8, occurring in 40% of days. Precipitation is least likely around January 28, occurring in 32% of days.
Throughout January, the most common forms of precipitation are light rain and moderate rain.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 46% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around January 8, when it is observed during 18% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 40% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around January 7, when it is observed during 16% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in January or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 66% (mildly humid) to 93% (very humid) over the course of a typical January, rarely dropping below 60% (mildly humid) and reaching as high as 99% (very humid).
The air is driest around January 28, at which time the relative humidity drops below 69% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around January 15, 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 January, the dew point typically varies from 67°F (muggy) to 74°F (very muggy) and is rarely below 62°F (mildy humid) or above 76°F (very muggy).
Over the course of January typical wind speeds vary from 2 mph to 15 mph (light air to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 22 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 11 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around January 7, 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 January 31, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 15 mph (moderate breeze).