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Panama Weather in October: Rain, Temperatures

Panama weather in October
Average high temperature and rain for Panama in October. © 2017 Scott S. Bateman

The average weather for Panama in October suffers from the same trouble that afflicts most of the Caribbean. It’s a very wet month.

Panama is a wet country most of the year anyway. But October is the most active month of the Caribbean hurricane season, which begins in June, peaks in September and October and ends in November.

It brings heavy rains to places on the country’s Caribbean coast including the beach destination at Bocas del Toro and the cruise port at Colón.

Likewise, Panama City on the Pacific coast of this narrow Central American country has more rains than usual in October because of the Pacific hurricane season, which goes from May to November.

Rainfall in October

Panama City and Colón, which are only 46 miles apart, have an average of 13 inches of rain in October. It is the wettest month of the year for the area and among the rainiest destinations among Caribbean and Pacific cruise ports.

It rains an average of 20 days or two out of every three days during the month, according to historical records from the country’s Electrical Transmission Company. That total also is among the highest of the region’s cruise ports.

By comparison, it rains about one inch and one day a month during the dry season from January through March. 

Temperatures in October

This video explains Caribbean weather in October and which islands are the best and worst to visit for weather.

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Panama City and Colón stay hot throughout the year with an average high temperature above 91 degrees Fahrenheit or 33 Celsius every month. October itself averages 91 Fahrenheit.

The average low temperature is 69 degrees Fahrenheit or about 21 Celsius. These low nighttime temperatures may cool oceans waters to the point where they are somewhat chilly in the mornings.

While the temperatures are warm enough for beach lovers, the high risk of rain may keep visitors away from the beaches for most of October.

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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.
September 18, 2021