Weather & Climate in Nicaragua

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The temperature is mainly influenced by the altitude. On the Pacific side there is a distinct dry season (November-April, locally called “verano”) and a rainy season (locally called “invierno”), but the further east you go, the longer the rainy season and the wetter the dry season. The torrential downpours of the rainy season (May to October) can surprise and drench you within minutes, even in the Pacific lowlands, so be prepared if you travel during the rainy season. The northern highlands are dominated by cloud forests and cold, misty weather is not uncommon. Temperatures can drop to 10 degrees Celsius in the early morning hours at high altitudes, but snow is rare. The Caribbean coast is generally much wetter and rain is frequent, even during the “dry” season. The last devastating hurricane to hit Nicaragua was Mitch in 1998 and the country is generally not in the main hurricane track, but you should still heed the warnings and definitely evacuate at least to the Pacific side if there is a chance of a hurricane hitting where you are. Hurricane Otto, which hit the country and neighbouring Costa Rica in November 2016, fortunately caused no fatalities and less destruction than feared and probably showed that Nicaragua is better prepared for natural disasters today than in the past.

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