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Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Author David Amsler (amslerPIX). Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Author David Amsler (amslerPIX)

Guatemala climate: when to go to Guatemala

Guatemala’s climate is tropical and sub-tropical, but varies greatly with altitude, in fact, in highland areas, between 800 and 1,600 meters high, where are the major population centers of the country, the climate occurs temperate year-round, with average minimum temperatures ranging between 12°C and 16°C, and average maximum temperatures ranging between 29°C and 22°C, rainfall is concentrated in the months between May and October, while the dry season lasts from November to April, in these areas the average annual rainfall is around 1,300 mm.

In the mountains of Guatemala over 2,000 meters the temperatures drop considerably, with average temperatures between 5°C and 14°C and large temperature variations between day and night.

In the coastal area of Pacific Ocean and in the lowlands of Peten climate is tropical, the temperature never drops below 25°C, with maximum summer temperature (July) around 30°C/32°C, and an annual average of temperatures around 28°C, the average annual rainfall here amounted to around 1,500 mm, in this area sometimes during the rainy season (may-October) can occur even hurricanes.

Tikal, Guatemala. Author Mike Murga. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution

Tikal, Guatemala. Author Mike Murga

The northern part of the country is the most rainy, with averages ranging from 1,500 mm to 2,500 mm, with higher peaks at the more exposed hills.

WHEN TO GO TO GUATEMALA

The best time to visit the country is the dry season which runs from late November to early April.

GUATEMALA CLIMATIC TABLES

Guatemala City

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rain (mm)

8

3

13

31

152

274

203

198

231

173

23

8

Min Temp (°C)

12

12

14

14

16

16

16

16

16

16

14

13

Max Temp (°C)

23

25

27

28

29

27

26

26

26

24

23

22

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