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Average Weather at Punta Cana International Airport Dominican Republic

The climate at Punta Cana International Airport is hot, oppressive, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 72°F to 88°F and is rarely below 70°F or above 90°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Punta Cana International Airport for hot-weather activities is from early December to mid April.

Temperature

The temperature at Punta Cana International Airport varies so little throughout the year that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss hot and cold seasons.

Average High and Low Temperature

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 entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature

Average Hourly Temperature at Punta Cana International AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMcomfortablehotwarm
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

At Punta Cana International Airport, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year at Punta Cana International Airport begins around November 16 and lasts for 5.6 months, ending around May 2. On January 13, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 82% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 18% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around May 2 and lasts for 6.4 months, ending around November 16. On May 31, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 75% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 25% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories at Punta Cana International AirportclearerclearercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jan 1382%Jan 1382%May 3125%May 3125%Nov 1654%Nov 1654%May 254%May 254%clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercastmostly clear
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. The chance of wet days at Punta Cana International Airport varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 8.0 months, from April 29 to December 29, with a greater than 17% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 26% on November 3.

The drier season lasts 4.0 months, from December 29 to April 29. The smallest chance of a wet day is 8% on March 9.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 26% on November 3.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation at Punta Cana International AirportwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Nov 326%Nov 326%Mar 98%Mar 98%Jan 116%Jan 116%Apr 2917%Apr 2917%rain
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 months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Punta Cana International Airport experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year at Punta Cana International Airport. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around November 4, with an average total accumulation of 2.6 inches.

The least rain falls around March 1, with an average total accumulation of 0.9 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

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

The length of the day at Punta Cana International Airport varies over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 11 hours, 1 minute of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 13 hours, 15 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Punta Cana International AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 6 minMar 2012 hr, 6 minMar 2013 hr, 15 minJun 2113 hr, 15 minJun 2112 hr, 7 minSep 2212 hr, 7 minSep 2211 hr, 1 minDec 2111 hr, 1 minDec 21nightnightday
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 is at 5:55 AM on June 4, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 13 minutes later at 7:08 AM on January 18. The earliest sunset is at 5:54 PM on November 24, and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 19 minutes later at 7:14 PM on July 6.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed at Punta Cana International Airport during 2017.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight at Punta Cana International AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 45:55 AMJun 45:55 AM7:14 PMJul 67:14 PMJul 6Nov 245:54 PMNov 245:54 PM7:08 AMJan 187:08 AMJan 18daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2017. 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 perceived humidity level at Punta Cana International Airport, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 3% of 97% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels at Punta Cana International AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Mar 893%Mar 893%100%Aug 9100%Aug 9oppressiveoppressivemuggymuggymiserablemiserable
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 at Punta Cana International Airport experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 5.7 months, from November 10 to May 2, with average wind speeds of more than 11.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is December 23, with an average hourly wind speed of 13.6 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 6.3 months, from May 2 to November 10. The calmest day of the year is October 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.0 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed at Punta Cana International AirportwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph2 mph4 mph6 mph8 mph10 mph12 mph14 mph16 mph18 mphDec 2313.6 mphDec 2313.6 mphOct 1010.0 mphOct 1010.0 mphMay 211.8 mphMay 211.8 mph
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction at Punta Cana International Airport is from the east throughout the year.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction at Punta Cana International AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%eastsouthnorth
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

Punta Cana International Airport 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 water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.5 months, from July 26 to November 11, with an average temperature above 83°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is September 14, with an average temperature of 84°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.4 months, from January 6 to April 17, with an average temperature below 80°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 25, with an average temperature of 79°F.

Average Water Temperature

Average Water Temperature at Punta Cana International AirportwarmcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec77°F78°F79°F80°F81°F82°F83°F84°F85°F86°FSep 1484°FSep 1484°F79°FFeb 2579°FFeb 25Jul 2683°FJul 2683°FNov 1183°FNov 1183°FJan 680°FJan 680°FApr 1780°FApr 1780°F
The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Punta Cana International Airport throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.

The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Punta Cana International Airport for general outdoor tourist activities is from late December to late March, with a peak score in the second week of January.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score at Punta Cana International Airportbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468107.07.03.13.1 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Punta Cana International Airport for hot-weather activities is from early December to mid April, with a peak score in the second week of January.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score at Punta Cana International Airportbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468108.48.44.84.85.05.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.

Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.

Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.

Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.

Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.

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 at Punta Cana International Airport 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

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at Punta Cana International AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%100%Jan 1100%Jan 1100%Jul 3100%Jul 3warmhotcomfortable
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.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days at Punta Cana International AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F2,000°F4,000°F6,000°F8,000°F10,000°FFeb 2900°FFeb 2900°FDec 3110,714°FDec 3110,714°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, 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 experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 2.0 months, from March 6 to May 4, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.6 kWh. The brightest day of the year is April 14, with an average of 7.1 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from September 2 to January 2, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.9 kWh. The darkest day of the year is October 7, with an average of 4.4 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Punta Cana International AirportbrightdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWhApr 147.1 kWhApr 147.1 kWhOct 74.4 kWhOct 74.4 kWhMar 66.6 kWhMar 66.6 kWhSep 24.9 kWhSep 24.9 kWhJan 24.9 kWhJan 24.9 kWh
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 Punta Cana International Airport are 18.567 deg latitude, -68.363 deg longitude, and 26 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Punta Cana International Airport is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 79 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 30 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (384 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (2,346 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Punta Cana International Airport is covered by cropland (42%), trees (25%), water (13%), and grassland (12%), within 10 miles by water (57%) and cropland (17%), and within 50 miles by water (79%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather at Punta Cana International Airport, 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

Punta Cana International Airport has a weather station that reported reliably enough during the analysis period that we have included it in our network. When available, historical temperature and dew point measurements are taken directly from this weather station. These records are obtained from NOAA's Integrated Surface Hourly data set, falling back on ICAO METAR records as required.

In the case of missing or erroneous measurements from this station, we fall back on records from nearby stations, adjusted according to typical seasonal and diurnal intra-station differences. For a given day of the year and hour of the day, the fallback station is selected to minimize the prediction error over the years for which there are measurements for both stations.

The stations on which we may fall back are Rafael Hernandez Airport and Las Américas International Airport.

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.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

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.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.