20 MayLocal Time: 21:16 EST UK Time: 03:16 BST
- Sunrise 05:58
- Sunset 18:31
- Moonrise 13:35
- Moonset 01:13
|Temp feels like:||30°c (86°f)|
|Length of Day:||11h 36m|
|Dew Point:||24 °c (75°f)|
|Pressure:||29.83 " (1010 hpa)|
Weather Overview for Panama Canal
All those who enjoy a cruise holiday will find the surroundings of Central America’s Panama Canal a great place to visit. This 77 km international waterway is nestled between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. The area boasts of having the purest water in the world, and a steady coastal temperature averaging 30oC all year long, although its tropical atmosphere makes the humidity quite high.
The canal is dotted with interesting places to visit while there, like Bocas del Toro Islands, the beautiful Chiriqui Highlands, Panama City, Cocle Province, the Pacific Coast Beaches and the Flamenco Island. It is also home to the cultures of the Kuna Indians on the San Blas islands and the Embera Indians on the Chagres River.
Tourists visiting during January are offered a Flower and Coffee Festival in Boquete and a lively annual jazz festival in Panama City. The most colourful time to visit is during the month of February to enjoy the four-day El Carnaval, which is like New Orleans’ Mardi Gras.
Another attraction bringing visitors to this part of the world is the plethora of bird, mammal, animal and amphibian species. People are also often enthralled with its flora, which includes 10,000 different types of plants in its rain forests and 26 separate reserves and refuges.
The climate of the Panama Canal consists of two seasons, rainy and dry. April begins the rainy season, which ends in mid-December. During this time frame, tourists can experience daily showers with only an occasional full day of rain. The annual rainy season soaks the Pacific area with an average of 1.651 m of rain while accumulating 3.048 m on the Atlantic side. The dry season brings with it continual trade winds.
For the North American travellers, the temperatures and humidity have been known to be lower than that of Florida, with its summers equal to the winters of the United States, Canada and Europe. Panama’s southern coast, the peninsula of Azuero is known to be its driest section. With its proximity to the equator, Panama is known to have 12 hour days all year long. Its sunrise and sunset never vary much throughout the year and are usually 6:20 a.m. and. 6:20 p.m.
The months with the least rainfall are February and March, and September and October. Panama never experiences hurricanes due to its location. It sits below the winds and currents that carry hurricanes from the coast of Africa as well as those that originate in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
For those travellers looking to visit the Caribbean and areas of Central America, when comparing Panama City to Portobelo in the Caribbean, Panama City is a more desirable spot because it has slightly higher temperatures with less annual rainfall.
The Panama Canal is a freshwater canal, which is significant because the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, its two adjoining bodies of water, are both salt water.