Country guides South & Central America
Climate in Nicaragua
Nicaragua has a tropical climate and is hot year round with little seasonal variation. The wet season occurs from May to October, defined by potential daily showers and short heavy rainfalls. On the east coast, rains last longer into the year and the region experiences flooding during the rainy season.
The dry season is from November to April, when there is almost no rain and it can get very dry. The rainy season doesn't rule out travel because tropical downpours tend to be over quickly and the sun comes out soon afterwards.
Tropical storms and hurricanes are possible between July and October, with travellers preferring to avoid this period. Temperature fluctuations result mainly from elevation, with average temperatures differing widely between sea level and lowlands, and highlands and highland peaks.
Lowland daytime temperatures average above 86°F (30°C) with as much as 84% humidity, and highland temperatures average above 75°F (24°C). The hottest months are March and April. The best time to visit Nicaragua depends on desired activities and region, but the peak tourist season is between December and March.