Average Weather in Jacó Costa Rica
In Jacó, the wet season is oppressive and overcast, the dry season is muggy and partly cloudy, and it is hot year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 77°F to 92°F and is rarely below 75°F or above 94°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Jacó for hot-weather activities is from mid December to early March.
The temperature in Jacó varies so little throughout the year that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss hot and cold seasons.
Average High and Low Temperature
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
In Jacó, 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 in Jacó begins around November 23 and lasts for 4.6 months, ending around April 10. On January 1, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 66% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 34% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around April 10 and lasts for 7.4 months, ending around November 23. On June 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 94% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 5% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Jacó varies very significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 6.7 months, from May 4 to November 25, with a greater than 29% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 55% on October 7.
The drier season lasts 5.3 months, from November 25 to May 4. The smallest chance of a wet day is 4% on February 7.
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 55% on October 7.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
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. Jacó experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 9.4 months, from March 28 to January 7, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around September 30, with an average total accumulation of 7.4 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.6 months, from January 7 to March 28. The least rain falls around February 6, with an average total accumulation of 0.3 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Jacó does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 41 minutes of 12 hours throughout. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 11 hours, 34 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 12 hours, 41 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:16 AM on May 28, and the latest sunrise is 44 minutes later at 6:00 AM on January 27. The earliest sunset is at 5:13 PM on November 15, and the latest sunset is 50 minutes later at 6:03 PM on July 12.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Jacó during 2018.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
Jacó experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 9.8 months, from March 13 to January 7, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 69% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is September 29, with muggy conditions 100% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 10, with muggy conditions 59% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Jacó experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from August 9 to November 13, with average wind speeds of more than 5.3 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is October 8, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.9 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 8.9 months, from November 13 to August 9. The calmest day of the year is January 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.6 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Jacó varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 6.5 months, from May 10 to November 25, with a peak percentage of 71% on October 2. The wind is most often from the south for 5.5 months, from November 25 to May 10, with a peak percentage of 37% on January 1.
Jacó 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 does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining within 2°F of 83°F throughout.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Jacó 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 Jacó for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid December to mid March, with a peak score in the third week of January.
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 Jacó for hot-weather activities is from mid December to early March, with a peak score in the second week of January.
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.
Temperatures in Jacó 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
Growing Degree Days
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 2.6 months, from January 24 to April 11, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.2 kWh. The brightest day of the year is March 14, with an average of 6.8 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 5.9 months, from May 15 to November 12, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is June 15, with an average of 3.5 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Jacó are 9.615 deg latitude, -84.630 deg longitude, and 62 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Jacó contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,243 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 110 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,631 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (9,314 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Jacó is covered by water (32%), grassland (23%), trees (22%), and cropland (15%), within 10 miles by water (57%) and trees (18%), and within 50 miles by water (57%) and trees (20%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Jacó, 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, Juan Santamaría International Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Jacó.
At a distance of 63 kilometers from Jacó, 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 Jacó 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.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .