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Average Weather in August in Puerto Plata Dominican Republic

In Puerto Plata, the month of August is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 89°F throughout the month, rarely exceeding 92°F or dropping below 86°F. The highest daily average high temperature is 89°F on August 17.

Daily low temperatures are around 76°F, rarely falling below 73°F or exceeding 78°F. The highest daily average low temperature is 76°F on August 5.

For reference, on August 5, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Puerto Plata typically range from 76°F to 89°F, while on January 30, the coldest day of the year, they range from 69°F to 82°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in August

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on August. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature in August

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The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Clouds

The month of August in Puerto Plata experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 64% throughout the month.

The clearest day of the month is August 3, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 38% of the time.

For reference, on June 2, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 76%, while on January 30, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 83%.

Cloud Cover Categories in August

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The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Puerto Plata, the chance of a wet day over the course of August is gradually increasing, starting the month at 15% and ending it at 18%.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 26% on May 20, and its lowest chance is 9% on July 4.

Probability of Precipitation in August

The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the month and not just the monthly total, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.

The average sliding 31-day rainfall during August in Puerto Plata is essentially constant, remaining about 1.2 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 3.5 inches or falling below 0.1 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in August

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Sun

Over the course of August in Puerto Plata, the length of the day is gradually decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 29 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 59 seconds, and weekly decrease of 6 minutes, 50 seconds.

The shortest day of the month is August 31, with 12 hours, 31 minutes of daylight and the longest day is August 1, with 13 hours, 1 minute of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in August

The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise of the month in Puerto Plata is 6:18 AM on August 1 and the latest sunrise is 8 minutes later at 6:27 AM on August 31.

The latest sunset is 7:19 PM on August 1 and the earliest sunset is 21 minutes earlier at 6:58 PM on August 31.

Daylight saving time is not observed in Puerto Plata during 2017.

For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 6:04 AM and sets 13 hours, 20 minutes later, at 7:24 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:12 AM and sets 10 hours, 56 minutes later, at 6:09 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in August

The solar day over the course of August. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

The chance that a given day will be muggy in Puerto Plata is essentially constant during August, remaining around 100% throughout.

For reference, on June 13, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 100% of the time, while on February 26, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 93% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in August

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The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Puerto Plata is decreasing during August, decreasing from 10.4 miles per hour to 9.3 miles per hour over the course of the month.

For reference, on July 14, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 10.6 miles per hour, while on October 10, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.0 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in August

The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
The hourly average wind direction in Puerto Plata throughout August is predominantly from the east, with a peak proportion of 98% on August 1.

Wind Direction in August

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The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Water Temperature

Puerto Plata is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.

The average surface water temperature in Puerto Plata is essentially constant during August, remaining around 83°F throughout.

Average Water Temperature in August

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

Temperatures in Puerto Plata are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in August

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The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

The average accumulated growing degree days in Puerto Plata is very rapidly increasing during August, increasing by 940°F, from 5,929°F to 6,869°F, over the course of the month.

Growing Degree Days in August

The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of August, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Puerto Plata is essentially constant during August, remaining within 0.2 kWh of 5.4 kWh throughout.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in August

The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Puerto Plata are 19.793 deg latitude, -70.688 deg longitude, and 36 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Puerto Plata contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,414 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 135 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,628 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (7,838 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Puerto Plata is covered by water (53%), trees (19%), grassland (11%), and cropland (10%), within 10 miles by water (48%) and trees (21%), and within 50 miles by water (54%) and trees (19%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Puerto Plata year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There is only a single weather station, Aeropuerto Internacional La Unión, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Puerto Plata.

At a distance of 13 kilometers from Puerto Plata, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.

The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Puerto Plata according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

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We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

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