8 Pictures that Perfectly Sum Up Panama Climate
Due to its location as the southernmost country in Central America, Panama has a unique, tropical climate. While many might expect the weather to be hot and sunny all the time, due to the country’s proximity to the equator, that’s not actually the case.
Panama does experience “seasons” just like the rest of the world. They’re just a little different than what most North Americans are used to. It’s also important to note that you can easily adjust the temperature and humidity, merely by moving to a slightly higher (or lower) altitude.
Here are eight photos that can help me explain a little bit more about the Panama climate.
It is very wet.
Panama gets a lot of rain. Especially during the “wet” season, which is generally April through December. It starts with frequent afternoon showers in May and then culminates in November with torrential downpours that can last for days. The rain falls much heavier on the Caribbean Coast, which can see twice as much rainfall as the cities on the Pacific Coast.
Also, while there is the occasional thunderstorm, Panama is outside the hurricane belt and therefore experiences few natural disasters.
And it can get really hot.
Be warned. When the rain stops, the sun comes out. That means you can go from being cool and wet to being hot and humid in a matter of an hour. Again, temperatures on the Pacific Coast are a bit milder than on the Caribbean Coast.
Although sometimes it is just warm.
Most expats would agree that the best days are those during the changing of the seasons. A cool breeze off the ocean means it is the perfect temperature most of the day. The rainfall is manageable. Those are the days when you should drop everything, grab a book, find a rancho, and spend your day in splendor.
And, on those rare days, it is dry.
Dry days might be few and far between during the rainy season, but they do exist. When they do come along, they’re the perfect opportunity to lie in a hammock on the beach in a spot that might be too humid under normal circumstances.
And even cool.
You might be surprised to know that there are some spots in Panama that can get surprisingly cool, particularly in the higher elevations. If you aren’t a fan of the heat and humidity, you might find your ideal destination somewhere in Panama’s beautiful mountain communities.
It can be damp.
Even though the official rainy season is April through December, showers are not at all uncommon year-round in Panama. People who live in mountain communities seem to be less bothered by the wetness, as the humidity is much less noticeable in the much cooler higher elevations.
As well as sunny.
When it isn’t raining, Panama gets more than its share of sunshine. Especially during the dry season, January through early April. During the dry season the capital, Panama City, might enjoy a low of 75 degrees Fahrenheit and a high of 86 degrees. Regardless, the temperature rarely exceeds 90 for more than a short time.
But those are the best days to go house hunting in Panama!
But, most importantly, it is spectacular!
What will tomorrow bring?
Attempting to forecast day-to-day weather in Panama is a virtual waste of time. Why? Because there is always a 90% chance that it will be hot and sunny during the dry season, and hot and humid with about a 40 to 50% chance of afternoon thunderstorms during the rainy season.
It doesn’t take a meteorologist to predict that!
Which Panama climate do you like best? Leave us a comment below about your favorite Panama climate!