Climate and Average Weather in Nicaragua

A tropical climate can be observed in Nicaragua. Just as in the other Central American countries, there are two seasons: the dry and the rainy season. During the dry season (January - June) there is virtually no rain and trees and plants start to dry out. Once the rains come around June, July, everything starts to grow and the yellow plants and leafless trees turn green and start blossoming. In August and September it often rains once a day. Fortunately, it just rains for a short period of time and these are often spectacular, tropical downpours. In the eastern part of the country it rains more than in the west.

There are three temperature zones in Nicaragua. In the lowlands (Pacific and Atlantic coast) temperatures vary roughly between 22 degrees Celsius (72° F) at night and 30 degrees Celsius (86° F) at daytime. The temperature can reach 38 degrees Celsius (100° F) in May. The central part of the country is about 5 degrees( 9° F) cooler, and in the mountains in the north it's about 10 degrees(18° F) cooler.

The best time to visit Nicaragua is in the period February to April. This is the general travel advice for the whole of Nicaragua, for example if you are going to make a tour where you will visit both the west and the east. If you don't want to go to the eastern side then December and January are also good months to travel.

Nicaragua is located in an area prone to hurricanes. The eastern half of the country is within range of tropical storms, tropical depressions and hurricanes. During the hurricane season – which lasts from June to December – there is a risk of heavy rains, storms and tidal waves due to hurricane activity. Although the chances of a hurricane heading in full direction towards Nicaragua is not so big. There is a significant chance of heavy rainfall, with large amounts falling within a day causing flooding, mudslides and landslides.

Interested in more detailed Weather and Climate information?
Please select the city you wish to travel to, or the one closest to your destination. Each selected city will show you the following graphs:
1. Average minimum and maximum temperature over the year
2. Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall, snow)
3. Average monthly hours of sunshine over the year
On certain pages we also offer other historical weather data like humidity, wind speed and water temperature.

Places in Nicaragua

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Islands of Nicaragua

Regions in Nicaragua