Rainy Season 2010 Coming Soon!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Yes, we all know our days of summer time bliss (little to no rain) in Costa Rica must come to an end as we welcome the rainy season (and its slightly cooler, but more humid temps), but this year the rainy season is coming sooner than we thought! (I had no idea they could pin it down to within a few days... so I guess we will see). 

The National Meteorological Institute of Costa Rica says that the rainy season will still arrive in the Central Valley (San Jose, Alajuela, Heredia, etc) as expected (May 6 to 10), but everywhere else will be slightly ahead of schedule! Bejuco - Esterillos.jpg

In the south Pacific, the season is expected to begin March 27 to March 31, slightly earlier than the average of April 1 to 5. It already has been a relatively wet dry season in the south with afternoon rains almost everyday. Back in 2009, it was a very dry wet season. Seems the weather patterns are confused!

In the central Pacific, the rains should start around April 21 to 25 instead of the average of April 26 to 30 and in the north Pacific, which has the longest dry season in the country, they should start to see daily rain moving in around May 11 to 15, instead of May 16 to 20.

The institute is predicting 20 to 25 percent more rain than normal this year in Guanacaste (north Pacific), the Central Valley and down to Quepos (central Pacific). Other areas will see normal amounts of rainfall, the institute predicts.

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