Weather & Climate
You can expect 300 or more days of sunshine a year. It’s tropical year round, with little difference between winter and summer. In July, days average 82ºF (28ºC) and in January, 76ºF (23ºC). There are two short rainy seasons, one in May and the other November-December.
Although it can be humid, it often feels downright comfortable thanks to breezes off the ocean.
Cool Season From November to April, the weather is pleasantly warm, with relatively low humidity and low precipitation. During the day, the thermometer is constantly at around 80°F (27°C). At night it’s generally a beautiful 68°F (20°C).
Hot season runs roughly from May to October. Daytime can reach 87°F (31°C), dropping at night to 72°F (22°C). Humidity rises, bringing periodic 30-minute tropical showers overnight.
Thanks to some geographic good luck, hurricanes veer away from the DR’s North Coast.
Hurricanes crave warm water. Thankfully, the cool air that comes off the mountains just inland from the coast pushes hurricanes away. Just as importantly, there are strong currents and pressure systems between the DR and Puerto Rico, which also move weather systems north.
(If you’d like more info, see this informative article at Natura Cabana.)
Hurricanes Irma and Maria both took this route and so the North Coast only caught the edge of each storm.
In addition, the reef off Cabarete beach is a natural barrier to storm surges. Below is a picture of Cabarete beach on September 10th, 2017, the day after Irma passed.