Dominican Republic in October

September is the peak of hurricane season in the Caribbean.September is the peak of hurricane season in the Caribbean. (Photo: Images )

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With its white sandy beaches, turquoise blue waters and convenient flights departing from major East Coast cities on a regular basis, the Dominican Republic attracts throngs of tourists each year. Visitors can find reduced rates on accommodations when traveling in September - the month is part of the Dominican Republic’s low season, since most vacationers choose to escape to this tropical paradise during the winter, when the weather is less pleasant back home. Although the country enjoys a summerlike tropical maritime climate with only slight seasonal disparities, September weather varies on different parts of the island, and storms can occasionally disrupt travel plans.

Geographic Variation

Despite possessing an insubstantial land area roughly equivalent to the size of New Hampshire and Vermont combined, the Dominican Republic’s diverse topography affects its weather conditions. The country includes 800 miles of flat coastline as well as high, rugged interior mountains reaching heights of up to 10, 000 feet. This mountainous region, known as the Cordillera Central, experiences temperatures significantly lower than elsewhere in the country. The hottest part of the country is the southwest, where temperatures can reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summertime, including September. Like temperature, rainfall also varies by location - September is part of the rainy season in the south, but part of the dry season in the north. Overall, the western section of the country receives less rain than the east.

Temperatures

September is considered summer in the Dominican Republic, and although the temperatures don’t fluctuate significantly from season to season in tropical locales, September readings tend to be slightly above the general annual average. August is the hottest month of the year, and the heat lingers on into September. Elevated humidity during this period makes the human body feel even hotter. Average daytime high temperatures in major Dominican cities and vacation destinations range from the upper 80s to the low 90s. According to Current Results.com, Santiago, Puerto Plata and Monte Cristi in the north experience highs in the lower 90s, while Santo Domingo in the south and Punta Cana in the east enjoy slightly cooler highs in the upper 80s. Average nightly lows in these locals vary between the upper 60s and the mid-70s. Nighttime temperatures in Puerto Plata on the northern coast drop to a refreshing 68 F, while lows in Punta Cana remain a balmy 76 F. Lows in most other cities and vacation spots hover somewhere between these two extremes.

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