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Average Weather in West Caribbean Venezuela

The climate in West Caribbean is hot, oppressive, and overcast. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 74°F to 94°F and is rarely below 71°F or above 99°F.

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

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The temperature in West Caribbean 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 West CaribbeanJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMwarmwarmhotcomfortable
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.

Bangkok, Thailand (10,763 miles away) and Panarukan, Indonesia (11,984 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to West Caribbean (view comparison).

Clouds

In West Caribbean, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in West Caribbean begins around December 10 and lasts for 3.5 months, ending around March 25. On January 24, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 44% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 56% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around March 25 and lasts for 8.5 months, ending around December 10. On May 15, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 87% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 13% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in West CaribbeanclearercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jan 2444%Jan 2444%May 1513%May 1513%Dec 1028%Dec 1028%Mar 2529%Mar 2529%clearmostly 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 West Caribbean varies significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 7.4 months, from April 10 to November 24, with a greater than 28% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 49% on October 19.

The drier season lasts 4.6 months, from November 24 to April 10. The smallest chance of a wet day is 6% on January 20.

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 19.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in West CaribbeanwetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Oct 1949%Oct 1949%Jan 206%Jan 206%Jan 19%Jan 19%Apr 1028%Apr 1028%Nov 2428%Nov 2428%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. West Caribbean experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 11 months, from February 16 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 October 19, with an average total accumulation of 4.0 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 1.3 months, from January 7 to February 16. The least rain falls around January 25, with an average total accumulation of 0.4 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 West Caribbean 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

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in West CaribbeanJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 7 minMar 2012 hr, 7 minMar 2012 hr, 41 minJun 2112 hr, 41 minJun 2112 hr, 7 minSep 2212 hr, 7 minSep 2211 hr, 34 minDec 2111 hr, 34 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 6:28 AM on May 29, and the latest sunrise is 44 minutes later at 7:12 AM on January 28. The earliest sunset is at 6:25 PM on November 16, and the latest sunset is 50 minutes later at 7:15 PM on July 12.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in West Caribbean during 2018.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in West CaribbeanJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMMay 296:28 AMMay 296:28 AM7:15 PMJul 127:15 PMJul 12Nov 166:25 PMNov 166:25 PM7:12 AMJan 287:12 AMJan 28daynightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2018. 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.

West Caribbean experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 10 months, from March 4 to January 14, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 87% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is May 17, with muggy conditions 100% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is February 8, with muggy conditions 83% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in West CaribbeanmuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Feb 883%Feb 883%100%May 17100%May 17miserablemiserableoppressiveoppressivemuggymuggyhumidhumid
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 West Caribbean experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 4.4 months, from December 6 to April 19, with average wind speeds of more than 2.6 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 26, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.4 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 7.6 months, from April 19 to December 6. The calmest day of the year is October 5, with an average hourly wind speed of 1.7 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in West CaribbeanwindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 mph0.5 mph1.0 mph1.5 mph2.0 mph2.5 mph3.0 mph3.5 mph4.0 mph4.5 mphFeb 263.4 mphFeb 263.4 mphOct 51.7 mphOct 51.7 mphDec 62.6 mphDec 62.6 mphApr 192.6 mphApr 192.6 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 West Caribbean varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the east for 1.0 months, from July 25 to August 26, with a peak percentage of 46% on July 26. The wind is most often from the north for 11 months, from August 26 to July 25, with a peak percentage of 59% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in West CaribbeanNENJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%eastnorthwestsouth
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).

Water Temperature

West Caribbean 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 84°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 West Caribbean 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 West Caribbean for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid December to early March, with a peak score in the third week of January.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in West Caribbeanbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468104.54.52.72.73.53.5 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstourism 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 West Caribbean for hot-weather activities is from mid December to early March, with a peak score in the third week of January.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in West Caribbeanbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.06.03.73.74.94.94.14.1 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 West Caribbean 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 West CaribbeanJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%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 3warmhotcomfortablesweltering
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 West CaribbeanJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F2,000°F4,000°F6,000°F8,000°F10,000°F12,000°FJan 490°FJan 490°FDec 3111,664°FDec 3111,664°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 2.5 months, from January 21 to April 5, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is March 1, with an average of 6.4 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.2 months, from September 19 to November 26, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.9 kWh. The darkest day of the year is October 20, with an average of 4.5 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in West CaribbeanbrightdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWhMar 16.4 kWhMar 16.4 kWhOct 204.5 kWhOct 204.5 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 West Caribbean are 9.669 deg latitude, -72.615 deg longitude, and 141 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of West Caribbean contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 128 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 138 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (472 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (11,772 feet).

The area within 2 miles of West Caribbean is covered by trees (30%), grassland (28%), cropland (28%), and shrubs (14%), within 10 miles by trees (32%) and cropland (28%), and within 50 miles by trees (50%) and grassland (17%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in West Caribbean, 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, La Chinita Internacional, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of West Caribbean.

At a distance of 139 kilometers from West Caribbean, 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 West Caribbean 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.