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Panama City, Panama. Author Zachary Baumgartner. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution
Panama City, Panama. Author Zachary Baumgartner

Panama City climate: when to go to Panama City

Panama City (Cuidad de Panamá) is located along the coast of the Pacific Ocean in an area originally covered by tropical forest. The climate that characterizes the city is therefore the humid tropical sub-equatorial climate. This type of climate means that there are almost stable temperature throughout the year with slight variations in the order of one or two degrees between the coldest and warmest months. The average annual temperature is about 26.6 ° C while the relative humidity is on average around 75%. The average minimum temperatures are stable between 18 ° C and 21 ° C. The average maximum temperatures vary between 32 ° C and 35 ° C.

The seasons are marked instead by the difference in precipitation, Panama City is characterized by a dry season – which lasts for four months – from January to April and by a rainy season – which has a duration of eight months – from May to December. Panama City is located along the Pacific coast that is the less rainy coast of the country for which the average annual precipitation is around 1,900 mm.

Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama. Author Kent MacElwee. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution.

Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama. Author Kent MacElwee

The rainiest months are those of October and November. The annual rainy days are 131 in total, during the rainy season there are on average between 20 and 15 days of rain per month, while in the dry season the rainy days are only 2 or 3 per month. Due to the high humidity and the sub-equatorial climate the sky of the city is often cloudy. The sunny hours are 1,743 per year.

The temperature of the sea water along the coast where is Panama City is stable around 28 ° C throughout the year.


The best months for a trip to Panama City are the driest between January and April.


PANAMÁ (2 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 18,5 33,4 62,4  2,9
February 18,4 34,2 26,7  1,3
March 18,4 34,8 16,4  1,4
April 19,5 35,4 11,7  4,9
May 21,1 34,5 8,3  15,0
June 21,3 33,8 39,9  16,0
July 21,0 33,9 51,2  14,0
August 20,9 33,9 53,7  15,0
September 21,0 32,9 22,2  17,0
October 20,8 32,6 30,4  20,0
November 20,3 32,9 57,8  16,0
December 19,2 33,3 76,8  7,5
YEAR 20,0 33,8 1907,2  131

PANAMÁ (Pacific Coast)
Month Sea Water Temperature °C
January 28
February 28
March 28
April 28
May 28
June 28
July 28
August 28
September 28
October 28
November 28
December 28
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