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Ecuador weather and climate


Ecuador weatherEcuador have very different climates and microclimates. Weather patterns vary according to geography and temperatures are determined more by elevation than by season.

The Galapagos and the coast are influenced by ocean currents. The warm central.

Pacific current causes a hot, rainy, humid season from January through April, when torrential downpours often disrupt communications. Daytime high temperatures aver-age 30°C (86°F), and this is when locals, visit the beach to cool off. From May to December, cool currents from the south keep temperatures a few degrees lower, and it rarely rains, although it is often gray, damp and overcast, especially in July and August.

The highland dry season is from June through September, with another short, dry season around Christmas. It doesn't rain daily in the wet season, however. April, the wettest month, averages one rainy day in two. Daytime temperatures in Quito aver-age a high of21 °C (70°F) and a low of 8°C (48°F) year-round.

In the Oriente, it rains during most months, especially during the afternoon and evening. August and December through March are usually the driest months, and April through June are the wettest - with regional variations. It's almost as hot as the coast.

Remember the Ecuadorian adage that all four seasons can be experienced in one day, and the most predictable aspect of Ecuador's weather is its unpredictability.

Quito

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (°F) 74 74 74 74 74 74 72 72 72 74 74 74
Avg. Low (°F) 52 54 54 54 54 50 50 50 50 50 50 52
Rainfall (Inches) 4.7 5.2 5.9 6.8 5.2 1.9 0.8 0.9 1.9 5.1 4.1 4.0

Galapagos

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (°F) 86 88 90 88 84 80 78 76 78 79 80 82
Avg. Low (°F) 72 78 78 78 78 72 72 68 66 68 70 72
Water Temp. (°F) 76 78 78 78 76 76 74 68 70 72 74 76
Rainfall (Inches) 1.5 2.1 3.0 3.0 2.7 2.2 1.1 0.7 0.5 0.5 0.8 1.5

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