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Puerto Quetzal Average Weather: Monthly Charts

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The average weather in Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala goes from nearly bone dry to a thorough drenching in a short period of time.

This Pacific Coast cruise port lies just south of Mexico and is Guatemala’s only major cruise port. Its main attractions are Mayan ruins, deep sea fishing and natural land excursions.

The average weather is cool for a Central American coastal location and ranges between a five-month dry season when the majority of cruise visits take place and a seven-month rainy season when visits drop off.

Its heavy rainfall for more than half of the year is the result of the annual Pacific hurricane season, which officially runs from May 15 to Nov. 30.

The most active months of the hurricane season are usually September and October for most destinations along the Mexican and Central America coasts.

But Puerto Quetzal historically experiences heavy rainfall every month of the seven-month hurricane season.

Puerto Quetzal Hurricane Season

Puerto Quetzal temperatures
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The seven months of the hurricane season begin with a bang in May when the city averages eight inches of rain. The averages are based on more than 100 years of data, according to the Costa Rica Tourism Board.

Rainfall climbs to more than 10 inches in June, drops back a bit in July and climbs steadily until it reaches 10 inches in August and 12 inches in September and October. The total drops down to about five inches in November.

These rainfall averages exceed most of the other cruise destinations along the Pacific coast and most of the Caribbean. The averages are based on historical results and will vary somewhat from year to year.

Puerto Quetzal temperatures are not impacted by the heavy rains. The average high temperature during hurricane season is in the upper 70s Fahrenheit. The average lows, which take place mostly at night, hover in the low 60s.

Puerto Quetzal Dry Season

Puerto Quetzal rainfall
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The dry season makes up for the heavy rain the rest of the year. Rainfall during the dry season plunges to about an inch or less each month from December through April.

December and April actually average about 1.6 inches while January through March average less than a half inch each.

The nearly absent rainfall means that tourism and cruise visits see a strong jump.

Average high temperatures are mild and stay within a narrow range between the mid and upper 70s Fahrenheit.

The average low temperatures are much cooler and hover around 60 degrees Fahrenheit for all five months of the dry season.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
June 11, 2021

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