Puerto Rico is a great destination for anyone wanting to visit a tropical paradise/ lively city / hot desert / cool mountain location. Due to Puerto Rico's topography, the weather varies greatly depending on where you are and when you are there, but no matter how the weather is, it is stil guaranteed to be a beautiful day. So, if you are looking for a place with great weather and great times, this is definitely the place for you.
Being that Puerto Rico is in the tropics, it is summer all year long, so in other words, the temperature changes very little from season to season. In fact, the average low in winter in the coastal areas is only about 69 degrees Farenheit, and up in the mountains it gets to about 55 degrees. This information may lead you to think that you will melt during your stay in Puerto Rico, but you couldn't be further from the truth. Why? Another positive for being in the tropics is that the temperature will never rise like where you come from. Amazingly, the RECORD high in Puerto Rico is only about
98 degrees! Some summers, however, temeratures can reach about 110 or more in the dry south coast.
- Where is it hottest?
- As mentioned before, due to the topography, the weather changes depending on where you are. Typically, it is hottest south of the Central Mountain Range. In a normal day in Puerto Rico, the eastern coast can have a high of 88 degrees, while a city in the southern part of the Island can be at a warm 94.
- FACT: The southern coast of Puerto Rico is actually a dry desert terrain!
- FACT: The desert south western tip of Puerto Rico is home to Guanica's Dry Forest.
- Where is it coolest?
- The interior sections of Puerto Rico are known as the Central Mountain Range (Cordillera Central, in spanish), and are home to the highest peak in the Island, not El Yunque, but Cerro Punta (about 4,000ft.). In the mountains, the weather is considerably cooler than anywhere else on the Island. A typical day in Puerto Rico would have temperatures in Ponce (south) at about 94F and in Jayuya (interior) up to only 74F.
- FACT: The temperatures in Adjuntas , Puerto Rico have reached the low 40's in winter.
- FACT: Due to the terrain and the hard to reach spots, the Central Towns have been home to two of Puerto Rico's largest attempts for independence.
- The "Grito de Lares" in Lares, Puerto Rico against Spain in 1868.
- The "Revolucion del 50" in Jayuya, Puerto Rico against the USA in 1950.
- Where is it the most comfortable?
- Anywhere on the coast, particularly the eastern coast, the temperatures will feel cooler and more comfortable. Why? Because Puerto Rico is in the tropics, the Island receives the trade winds, which blow east to west. Since the wind comes in from the east, the eastern portions of the Island tend to be cooler. Staying in one of the mountain bed and breakfasts like those in El Yunque will guarantee cool breezes and even cold (65 degree) nights.
- FACT: The municipality islands of Vieques and Culebra, off the east coast of Puerto Rico, enjoy beautiful weather almost 365 days in a year, making them great places to enioy beautiful beaches and get away from it all.
Once more the fact of Puerto Rico being in the tropics is a reason for the amounts of rain to vary. Generally, in Puerto Rico and the tropics it is safe to say it rains everyday. Why? The biggest reason is the Trade Winds, the trade winds will pick up a stray shower that forms in the sea and bring it over land. These showers are generally very short and help to cool off the day. Unless you have some sort of system over the Island, you will never be rained out or have a rainy day.
- Where does it rain most?
- An obvious spot to recieve the most rain in all of Puerto Rico, is El Yunque. The rain that arrives at the Rainforest does not usually spread to other parts of the island, and visitors to the rainforest aren't disturbed by the showers, being that they are expected. But even those daily rain showers are usually short in the afternoon or very early morning.
- During the summer months, with the heat and the hummidity, it will rain most in the coast opposite to that which recieves the wind. What happens is, when the wind is comming from the east, it will hit the mountains in the interior and raise, forming thunderstorms that will last an hour or two over the towns in the western coast of the island.
- FACT: The typical scenario in the summer is of afternoon thunderstorms in the west, northwestern portions of Puerto Rico.
- Where does it rain least?
- As mentioned before, the southern portions of Puerto Rico are the desert areas of the Island. The towns along the souther coast, are the towns that recieve the least amounts of rain in all of Puerto Rico.
- FACT: While driving south through the mountains, you will notice how the vegetation turns from green tropical plants, to dry desert plants like cacti.
- When does it rain most?
- In Puerto Rico it rains most during the fall season and during the month of May.
- The rainiest months are October and May.
- When does it rain least?
- The months of February, March and April are typically the driest months in the Puerto Rican calendar. In fact, this is when you will most likely encounter drought conditions.
Something curious to note is that the name hurricane, actually comes from the Indians that lived in Puerto Rico, the taino indians, whom thought a hurricane was an act of the evil god, Juracán. As you probably know, hurricanes in Puerto Rico are very common, but not something to avoid comming here over, as you can easily know when there will be a hurricane and plan ahead to avoid it.
- When is hurricane season?
- Hurricane season beings June 1st and end Novermber 30th.
- FACT: Hurricanes have formed as early as April and been around aslong as late December early January, well after the end of the season.
- When is Puerto Rico most at danger?
- Typically, in mid september, Puerto Ricans tend to worry a bit more, because historically they have always been hit during this time period. Almost every year on September 15th, they are being threatend by a tropical system.
The best times to come to Puerto Rico are either in Winter or in Summer. If you come in winter, you are guaranteed to be greeted with warm temperatures and sunny skies. If you come in June, you will be welcomed by sunny days, hot temperatures, and beautiful flowers and fruits.
But without a doubt, it doesnt matter when you come to Puerto Rico, because you are sure to have a wonderful time and a beautiful day. So come to Puerto Rico and find out why it's call it The Echanted Isle.
For more about weather, a great site to visit would be www.srh.noaa.gov/sju