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Average Weather in Tarapoto Peru

The climate in Tarapoto is hot, muggy, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 70°F to 94°F and is rarely below 67°F or above 98°F.

Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Tarapoto for hot-weather activities is from mid May to mid September.

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The temperature in Tarapoto varies so little throughout the year that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss hot and cold seasons.

Average High and Low Temperature

Average High and Low Temperature in TarapotoJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F10°F20°F30°F40°F50°F60°F70°F80°F90°F100°FJul 689°FJul 689°FSep 794°FSep 794°F70°F70°F73°F73°FOct 1193°FOct 1193°FFeb 1588°FFeb 1588°F74°F74°F73°F73°FLowHighNowNow
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 TarapotoJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMNowNowcomfortablewarmwarmwarmwarmhotcomfortable
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 average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Nuea Khlong, Thailand (12,114 miles away) and Dipolo, Philippines (11,111 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Tarapoto (view comparison).

Clouds

In Tarapoto, 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 Tarapoto begins around May 2 and lasts for 5.2 months, ending around October 9. On August 5, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 68% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 32% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 9 and lasts for 6.8 months, ending around May 2. On February 14, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 84% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 16% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in TarapotoclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Aug 568%Aug 568%Feb 1416%Feb 1416%May 242%May 242%Oct 942%Oct 942%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Tarapoto varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 7.5 months, from September 29 to May 14, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 43% on March 7.

The drier season lasts 4.5 months, from May 14 to September 29. The smallest chance of a wet day is 17% on August 19.

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 43% on March 7.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in TarapotowetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Mar 743%Mar 743%Aug 1917%Aug 1917%Jan 128%Jan 128%Sep 2930%Sep 2930%May 1430%May 1430%NowNowrain
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. Tarapoto experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Tarapoto. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around March 19, with an average total accumulation of 4.3 inches.

The least rain falls around August 13, with an average total accumulation of 1.3 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 Tarapoto does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 30 minutes of 12 hours throughout. In 2019, the shortest day is June 21, with 11 hours, 45 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 12 hours, 30 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in TarapotoJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 6 minSep 2312 hr, 6 minSep 2312 hr, 30 minDec 2112 hr, 30 minDec 2112 hr, 7 minMar 2012 hr, 7 minMar 2011 hr, 45 minJun 2111 hr, 45 minJun 21daydaynightNowNow
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 5:37 AM on November 13, and the latest sunrise is 40 minutes later at 6:18 AM on July 17. The earliest sunset is at 5:55 PM on May 24, and the latest sunset is 35 minutes later at 6:30 PM on January 31.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Tarapoto during 2019.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in TarapotoJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMNov 135:37 AMNov 135:37 AM6:30 PMJan 316:30 PMJan 31May 245:55 PMMay 245:55 PM6:18 AMJul 176:18 AMJul 17daySolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2019. 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.

Tarapoto experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 9.5 months, from September 20 to July 4, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 54% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is April 12, with muggy conditions 95% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is August 18, with muggy conditions 40% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in TarapotomuggymuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Aug 1840%Aug 1840%95%Apr 1295%Apr 12Jul 454%Jul 454%NowNowoppressiveoppressivemuggymuggyhumidhumidcomfortablecomfortable
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

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 Tarapoto does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 2.0 miles per hour throughout.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in TarapotoJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 mph0.5 mph1.0 mph1.5 mph2.0 mph2.5 mph3.0 mph3.5 mphJan 112.3 mphJan 112.3 mphMay 31.8 mphMay 31.8 mphNowNow
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 Tarapoto varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the east for 2.0 months, from June 14 to August 13, with a peak percentage of 38% on July 31. The wind is most often from the north for 10 months, from August 13 to June 14, with a peak percentage of 77% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in TarapotoNENJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwesteastnorthsouth
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Tarapoto 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 Tarapoto for general outdoor tourist activities is from late May to mid August, with a peak score in the first week of July.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Tarapotobest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468105.85.83.93.9NowNow 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 Tarapoto for hot-weather activities is from mid May to mid September, with a peak score in the first week of August.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Tarapotobest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468107.27.25.05.0NowNow precipitationprecipitationtemperaturetemperaturebeach/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 Tarapoto 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 TarapotoJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%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 3NowNowcomfortablewarmhotsweltering
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 percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. 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 TarapotoJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F2,000°F4,000°F6,000°F8,000°F10,000°FJul 490°FJul 490°FSep 11,800°FSep 11,800°FJun 3010,613°FJun 3010,613°FNowNow
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 1.7 months, from August 24 to October 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.1 kWh. The brightest day of the year is September 22, with an average of 6.3 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 5.3 months, from February 4 to July 12, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 5.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is May 20, with an average of 5.2 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in TarapotobrightdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWhSep 226.3 kWhSep 226.3 kWhMay 205.2 kWhMay 205.2 kWhFeb 45.4 kWhFeb 45.4 kWhJul 125.4 kWhJul 125.4 kWhNowNow
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 Tarapoto are -6.501 deg latitude, -76.366 deg longitude, and 912 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Tarapoto contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 650 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 939 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (4,777 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (8,048 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Tarapoto is covered by shrubs (34%), cropland (30%), and trees (26%), within 10 miles by trees (69%) and cropland (22%), and within 50 miles by trees (83%) and cropland (11%).

Data Sources

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

Tarapoto is further than 200 kilometers from the nearest reliable weather station, so the weather-related data on this page were taken entirely from NASA's MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis . 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.

The temperature and dew point estimates are corrected for the difference between the reference elevation of the MERRA-2 grid cell and the elevation of Tarapoto, according to the International Standard Atmosphere .

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.

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.