April-May. The idea of seasons in Punta Cana’s does not really apply to the traditional spring, summer, autumn and winter we know in the UK. The weather in Punta Cana can be best described as falling into either the wet or dry season. However, similarly in the months we know as spring, here in the UK, the temperatures in Punta Cana also start to increase gradually. In April and May the average temperatures begin to creep up to 27°C. The wet season also kicks in at this time when the average rainfall for these two months is between 71-85mm.
Despite the high amount of rainfall, a fair number of people choose to visit Punta Cana during the wet season, testament to how little the precipitation negatively affects holidays.
The average highs for this time of year reach 31°C, whilst average lows drop down to 22°C, but have been known to reach 14°C in May before, the coldest temperature ever recorded in the resort during the wet season is.
June-September. The wet season continues in June and all the way through to November in Punta Cana. As well as seeing most of the yearly rainfall, it’s also very hot and humid at this time of year so conditions can become a little uncomfortable. Rainfall volumes rise up to 99mm by June, before falling down to 89mm in July and August. Rainfall peaks at 128mm in September – usually the wettest month of the year in Punta Cana. Temperatures during the wet season are the highest of the year. June to September sees an average temperature of 28°C, made up of daily highs of 32°C and nightly lows of 24°C. The highest temperature ever recorded in Punta Cana in the wet season is 39°C, which was registered in September. Since the rain falls in brief but heavy tropical downpours, you still get plenty of sunshine throughout the wet season. A lot of the rain falls in the evening, leaving plenty of good beach weather to take advantage of during the day. If you do risk the heavy downpours and high temperatures of the wet season, you’ll be rewarded with fewer tourists and cheaper prices.
October-November. To compare Punta Cana’s weather to our own seasons is misleading as the Dominican Republic enjoys hot weather all year round. However, the months that we know to be autumn - such as October and November - are the last few months of the wet season in Punta Cana, before the dry season kicks in. Average rainfall in these months is high at 110-116mm, but will offer relief from the blasting heat, with afternoon highs reaching 30-32°C. Average sea temperatures are particularly high at this time of year at 28-29°C.
December-March. Our winter in the UK translates to Punta Cana’s dry season – in effect, their summer. The dry season lasts from December to April and this is the most popular time to visit Punta Cana.
The start of this season arguably sees the best weather of the year as temperatures are slightly cooler and more comfortable. Temperatures are at their lowest in January and February, with daily highs of around 29°C and daily lows of around 21°C, creating an overall average temperature of 25°C. The highest temperature registered in Punta Cana during the dry season is 36°C, which was recorded in both March and April. On the other hand, the lowest temperature registered in the resort during the dry season is 13°C, which was recorded in January.
Sometimes, daytime temperatures can rise into the mid-30s but the hottest days are relieved by the cooling trade winds that visit the island. The ‘alize’ is a well-known trade wind in the Caribbean which blows from the northeast, mainly between November and February. During this time, the wind speeds vary between 0 m/s (calm) to 7 m/s (moderate breeze), almost never going above 10 m/s (fresh breeze). Located on the island’s east coast, Punta Cana is in a perfect location to benefit from this cooling breeze and as a result it is one of the cooler places on the island.