Ecuador's weather patterns vary greatly between
different geographical regions. Instead of the four seasons,
there are wet and dry seasons.
Ocean currents influence the Galapagos and
coastal areas. The warm equatorial current from the central
Pacific causes a hot and rainy season from January through
April. It doesn't rain all the time, but you can expect heavy
downpours that can disrupt communications. Daytime temperatures
average about 30°C (86°F), this time of year is generally
an unpleasant time to be traveling in the coastal regions.
From May to December the temperatures is a few degrees lower
and it rarely rains, though it is often gray, damp and overcast,
especially in July and August.
In the highlands the dry season is from June
through September and a short dry season also occurs during
December. It doesn't rain daily in the wet season. In April,
the wettest month, it rains every other day.
Temperatures during the day average a high
of 20°C - 22°C (68OF - 72°F) and a low of 7°C
- 8°C (45°F - 48°F) year round. You should remember
the Ecuadorian adage that they can experience all four seasons
in one day. The weather in Ecuador is unpredictable.