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Average Weather in Esparza Costa Rica

In Esparza, the wet season is oppressive and overcast, the dry season is humid and partly cloudy, and it is hot year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 74°F to 95°F and is rarely below 72°F or above 98°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Esparza for hot-weather activities is from early December to early March.

Temperature

The temperature in Esparza 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 in EsparzaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMwarmwarmhot
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.

Alor Setar, Malaysia (11,283 miles away) and Muricay, Philippines (10,153 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Esparza (view comparison).

Clouds

In Esparza, 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 Esparza 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 67% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 33% 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 6% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in EsparzaclearerclearercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jan 167%Jan 167%Jun 56%Jun 56%Nov 2337%Nov 2337%Apr 1038%Apr 1038%clearmostly clearmostly cloudyovercastpartly cloudy
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 in Esparza varies significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 6.4 months, from May 7 to November 19, with a greater than 26% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 49% on October 7.

The drier season lasts 5.6 months, from November 19 to May 7. The smallest chance of a wet day is 3% on February 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 49% on October 7.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in EsparzawetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Oct 749%Oct 749%Feb 93%Feb 93%Jan 16%Jan 16%May 726%May 726%Nov 1926%Nov 1926%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. Esparza experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.8 months, from April 2 to December 28, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around September 29, with an average total accumulation of 6.7 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from December 28 to April 2. The least rain falls around February 5, with an average total accumulation of 0.2 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 in Esparza does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 42 minutes of 12 hours throughout. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 11 hours, 33 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 12 hours, 43 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

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 5:16 AM on May 29, and the latest sunrise is 45 minutes later at 6:01 AM on January 26. The earliest sunset is at 5:13 PM on November 16, and the latest sunset is 51 minutes later at 6:04 PM on July 11.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Esparza during 2017.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in EsparzaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PMMay 295:16 AMMay 295:16 AM6:04 PMJul 116:04 PMJul 11Nov 165:13 PMNov 165:13 PM6:01 AMJan 266:01 AMJan 26daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
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.

Esparza experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 9.0 months, from March 28 to December 28, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 40% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is June 6, with muggy conditions 98% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is February 2, with muggy conditions 21% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in EsparzamuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Feb 221%Feb 221%98%Jun 698%Jun 6Mar 2840%Mar 2840%Dec 2840%Dec 2840%oppressiveoppressivemuggymuggyhumidhumidcomfortablecomfortabledrydrymiserablemiserable
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 Esparza experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 3.8 months, from December 12 to April 5, with average wind speeds of more than 5.1 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 5, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.6 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 8.2 months, from April 5 to December 12. The calmest day of the year is June 16, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.6 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in EsparzawindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mph9 mph10 mphFeb 56.6 mphFeb 56.6 mphJun 163.6 mphJun 163.6 mphDec 125.1 mphDec 125.1 mphApr 55.1 mphApr 55.1 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 in Esparza varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the north for 1.4 weeks, from May 9 to May 19; for 1.3 weeks, from June 17 to June 26; and for 2.0 months, from October 28 to December 27, with a peak percentage of 49% on December 17. The wind is most often from the west for 4.1 weeks, from May 19 to June 17 and for 2.2 months, from August 22 to October 28, with a peak percentage of 46% on October 1. The wind is most often from the east for 1.9 months, from June 26 to August 22 and for 4.4 months, from December 27 to May 9, with a peak percentage of 40% on July 23.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in EsparzaENWEWNJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westeastnorthsouth
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

Esparza 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 1°F of 83°F throughout.

Average Water Temperature

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 in Esparza 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 Esparza for general outdoor tourist activities is from early December to early March, with a peak score in the first week of January.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Esparzabest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468105.55.52.92.93.23.2 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 Esparza for hot-weather activities is from early December to early March, with a peak score in the first week of January.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Esparzabest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468107.67.64.14.15.05.04.34.3 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 in Esparza 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 in EsparzaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%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 3comfortablewarmhotsweltering
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 in EsparzaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F2,000°F4,000°F6,000°F8,000°F10,000°FJan 490°FJan 490°FFeb 281,800°FFeb 281,800°FDec 3111,160°FDec 3111,160°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 significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 2.4 months, from February 1 to April 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.3 kWh. The brightest day of the year is March 21, with an average of 6.9 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 5.8 months, from May 18 to November 13, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.5 kWh. The darkest day of the year is June 15, with an average of 3.8 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in EsparzabrightdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWhMar 216.9 kWhMar 216.9 kWhJun 153.8 kWhJun 153.8 kWhFeb 16.3 kWhFeb 16.3 kWhNov 134.5 kWhNov 134.5 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 Esparza are 9.994 deg latitude, -84.665 deg longitude, and 627 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Esparza contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 974 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 608 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,780 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (9,564 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Esparza is covered by grassland (56%) and trees (31%), within 10 miles by grassland (35%) and trees (32%), and within 50 miles by trees (34%) and water (30%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Esparza, 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 Esparza.

At a distance of 50 kilometers from Esparza, 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 Esparza 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.

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.