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CLIMATE OF PACIFIC COAST ECUADOR

[10 YEAR CLIMATE GRAPHS]

Best time to visit the Pacific coast of Ecuador

The northwest Pacific coast of Ecuador has a wet tropical seasonal climate, with a rainy season from May through December. Along the coast, annual rainfall quickly drops from North to South, as the climate transitions from the some of the wettest regions in the World, the Choco region in Colombia to the Peruvian desert coast. The reason why the South is desert dry is because the Humboldt current is a cold current from Antarctica, and as a result they carry little moisture. As winds have to rise up to the steep Andes Mountains, there is hardly any moisture in the air and rainfall is almost absent at lower elevations.

 

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The Humboldt current turns west towards Galapagos, creating the same dry climate on the Galapagos Islands. North of Guayaquil predominates a warm current, whose humidity is forced down as rain, as the coastal air is forced up upon the Andean mountain chain.

 

So, from the coastal north to the In the coastal south, the climate becomes increasingly dryer. First the wet tropics - In San Lorenzo 2550 mm - turn to a climate similar to that of Africa, where the savannahs predominate - Porto Viejo 460 mm and Guayaquil 790 mm . That means, a rainy season from January to April and a dry season with almost no rain from May through December. As one travels to the south, the climate gets dryer and dryer with semi-arid conditions in the extreme south - 49 mm in Piura, at the Peruvian border.

Climatological Information for San Lorenzo, Ecuador

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Avg. Temperature (°C) 26 26.4 26.6 26.5 26.5 26 25.9 25.6 25.6 25.7 25.7 25.7
Min. Temperature (°C) 22 22.2 22.5 22.4 22.7 22.2 21.9 21.7 21.7 21.9 21.9 22
Max. Temperature (°C) 30.1 30.6 30.7 30.7 30.3 29.8 29.9 29.6 29.6 29.6 29.5 29.5
Avg. Temperature (°F) 78.8 79.5 79.9 79.7 79.7 78.8 78.6 78.1 78.1 78.3 78.3 78.3
Min. Temperature (°F) 71.6 72.0 72.5 72.3 72.9 72.0 71.4 71.1 71.1 71.4 71.4 71.6
Max. Temperature (°F) 86.2 87.1 87.3 87.3 86.5 85.6 85.8 85.3 85.3 85.3 85.1 85.1
Precipitation / Rainfall (mm) 254 272 300 313 312 305 197 114 127 119 85 151
Climate of the Pacific Coast of Ecuador: San LorenzoClimate of the Pacific Coast of Ecuador: Porto Viejo

Climatological Information for Portoviejo, Ecuador

  Data
Period

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec
 

Total

Mean Temperature
(deg. C)
1961-1990 25.9 26.0 28.7 26.2 25.6 24.7 24.1 24.0 24.1 24.4 24.6 25.4  
Rainfall Amount (mm) 1961-1990 89.9 114.7 107.1 59.6 26.1 20.3 10.4 2.1 4.0 2.7 4.6 15.9

457

Days with Rain* 1961-1990 10.0 12.0 12.0 8.0 3.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 1.0 2.0

53

Climate of the Pacific Coast of Ecuador: GuayaquilClimate of the Pacific Coast of Ecuador: Piura, Peru at the border.

Climatological Information for Guayaquil, Ecuador

  Data
Period

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec
 

Total

Mean Temperature
(deg. C)
1961-1990 26.7 26.7 27.1 27.1 26.4 25.2 24.4 24.3 24.8 24.9 25.4 26.4  
Rainfall Amount (mm) 1961-1990 230.3 242.3 251.6 153.0 60.3 32.7 10.0 1.0 1.8 2.6 6.1 34.1

1026

Days with Rain* 1961-1990 12.0 14.0 15.0 10.0 4.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 2.0

59

 

Climatological Information for Piura, Peru

 

Data
Period


Jan


Feb


Mar


Apr


May


Jun


Jul


Aug


Sep


Oct


Nov


Dec

 

Total

Mean Maximum
Temperature
(deg. C)

1961-1990

33.4

34.2

34.3

33.2

30.8

28.9

27.9

28.3

29.0

29.6

30.4

32.0

 

Mean Minimum
Temperature
(deg. C)

1961-1990

20.3

21.4

21.3

19.9

18.3

16.8

15.8

15.6

15.6

16.2

16.9

18.4

 

Rainfall Amount (mm)

1961-1990

16.9

19.0

32.4

24.4

15.1

5.0

0.5

0.0

0.0

1.1

0.8

1.2

116.4

 

For detailed information on climate and weather statistics read:

As the weather and climate in Ecuador vary greatly with elevation and region, you need different clothing for different regions. Depending on where you travel, you have to be prepared for hot weather in the western lowlands and Galapagos National Park, with thin shirts, shorts and light trousers. For the central Andes valley, the Andes flanks and Cuyabeno, be sure to take a light sweater or buy one locally, because the evenings may turn chilly. If you plan to go up in the highlands above 3500 m, be sure you bring adequately warm clothing, because - depending on elevation - temperatures may turn wintery cold. Be prepared for rainfall everywhere, so bring a nylon poncho and/or water-coated light rain jacket.

 

WARNING: You will be on the Equator. UV radiation is extremely high everywhere you go and you need to protect you adequately, even if you are dark-skinned. Always where a hat, not just a baseball cap, and please, don't wear sandals or bear feet when you come from abroad. I have seen such horribly painful feet on people who covered everything but their feet. Your feet get the most direct sunlight as they are exposed horizontally to the sun!

 

Always put on high grade sun block (don't forget the edges of your ears).  Accustom your skin to the sunlight by exposing it for no more than an hour the first day and add an hour everyday afterwards. Don't be fooled by an overcast sky, you can still get sun burn. Be particularly aware in the highlands, where the UV is even higher!; and on the water (Cuyabeno, Galapagos), because on the water, the UV effect is greater. Also beware of wind, as it also tends to increase the sun burning of your skin.

 

If you want to learn more about the country, read Ecuador Facts.

 

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