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Climate and Weather of the Galapagos Islands – Monthly Air & Water Temperature

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Climate and Weather


 

The Galapagos is renowned for its pleasant year round weather, making it an ideal destination in any month. Its location in the middle of the Pacific right on the equator gives it a very stable and predictable annual climate.


 

 

The Wet Season (January-March)
Air temperatures: 22-31°C (72-88°F)
Water temperature: 25°C (77°F)

This season lasts just four months but has the most precipitation, usually with afternoon or evening showers. Seldom do these showers get in the way of activities, but if you are traveling during these months, it is definitely a good idea to bring rain gear. The advantage to traveling in this month is that the air and water temperatures are much warmer, making snorkeling a more comfortable experience overall.


The Dry Season (June-December)
Air temperatures: 19-27°C (66-81°F)
Water temperatures: 22°C (72°F)

This is also known as the “Garua” season because there are morning mists and drizzles. Once the sun comes out, it burns off the mist fairly quickly and the rest of the day is bright and sunny with no precipitation. During this time, cold-water currents return to the Galapagos Islands and air and sea temperatures are cooler. A wetsuit might be required if you want to snorkel for longer periods of time, and a light jacket or fleece is recommended for the evenings. The season draws to a close with the first rains coming in late December.


 

 

Month-by-Month Temps:


 
Month by Month Average Temperatures – FAHRENHEIT
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
average max 86 86 88 88 79 79 79 79 79 81 82 84
average min 72 75 75 75 72 70 66 66 66 68 70 72


Month by Month Average Temperatures – CELSIUS
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
average max 30 30 31 31 26 26 26 26 26 27 28 29
average min 22 24 24 24 22 21 19 19 19 20 21 22

 

El Niño Years

The only time when the weather trends in the Galapagos Islands might not follow these general climate trends is during an El Niño year. This natural phenomenon usually occurs every seven or so years and varies in strength and magnitude. Trade winds and ocean currents shift away from the Galapagos Islands and the upwelling of nutrient-rich water and polar water from the Antarctic Humboldt current gets cut off. Water temperatures are warmer than normal for longer than normal. This also coincides with greater overall rainfall. While these events bring the highland foliage into stunning shades of green, stronger El Niño occurrences can be extremely harmful to fragile marine species, like marine iguanas and tropical fish, which depend on the growth of algae and phytoplankton for survival. The impact on tourism isn’t usually as extreme, and it’s definitely possible to enjoy a great Galapagos vacation during an El Niño year.

By Ecuador & Galapagos Insiders
By Ecuador & Galapagos Insiders
Ecuador & Galapagos Insiders is a leading travel company based in Ecuador and run by local tour guides and travel specialists, we are happy to provide expert and free trip planning advice, no commitment fee involved.
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