SUMMER AND WINTER IN PANAMA
It’s odd that the Panamanians think it’s winter in August. Isn’t it summer in August in the northern hemisphere, and winter in the southern hemisphere? Once you have spent an entire year in Panama, though, it begins to make sense. It is a bit cooler in August than it is in February, and so for those who live here, it feels like wintertime.
Panama, and all of Central America, have just two seasons. Summer is December through April. This part of the year is considered to be summertime because it is the hottest, driest time of the year. March and April are especially warmer. It’s more windy in the summertime in Panama too.
Winter is May through November. This is considered wintertime because it is the wet, rainy season, and often feels considerably cooler. In the higher elevations in the highland areas, such as El Valle, Volcán and Boquete, homes may even have fireplaces to fend off the chill and damp in the wintertime.
Although it’s always hot at the coastal areas in Panama, the weather in the two seasons are quite different, and govern daily activities.