Climate and Average Weather in Nicaragua

Nicaragua has a tropical climate, similar to other Central American countries, with two distinct seasons: dry and rainy. From January to June, during the dry season, there is very little rain, and vegetation can become dry. In June and July, as the rainy season starts, trees and plants begin to grow and blossom, turning the landscape lush and green. August and September see occasional, dramatic tropical downpours, usually short-lived. The eastern part of the country tends to receive more rain than the west.

Nicaragua has three temperature zones. In the lowlands, which include both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, temperatures range from around 22 degrees Celsius (72° F) at night to 30 degrees Celsius (86° F) during the day. Temperatures can reach as high as 38 degrees Celsius (100° F) in May. The central part of the country is generally around 5 degrees Celsius (9° F) cooler, while the northern mountains can be up to 10 degrees Celsius (18° F) cooler.

The best time to visit Nicaragua is from February to April, which applies to the whole country, including both the east and the west. If you plan to visit only the west, then December and January are also good months to travel.

Nicaragua is located in a hurricane-prone area, and the eastern half of the country is within range of tropical storms, depressions, and hurricanes. The hurricane season runs from June to December, during which there is a risk of heavy rains, storms, and tidal waves. While the likelihood of a hurricane making a direct hit is relatively low, there is a significant chance of heavy rainfall, which can cause flooding, mudslides, and landslides, especially if large amounts of rain fall in a short time.

Interested in more detailed Weather and Climate information for Nicaragua?
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1. Yearly average minimum and maximum temperatures
2. Monthly averages of precipitation throughout the year (rainfall, snow etc)
3. Monthly average hours of sunshine throughout the year

Additionally, some pages provide historical weather data such as humidity, wind speed, and water temperature.

Places in Nicaragua

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Islands of Nicaragua

Regions in Nicaragua