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WEATHER INDICATORS
 
Month
Ave. Air Temperature
Hours Clear Sky
Ave. Sea Temp
Wind Factor
Sea Factor
Rainfall inch
--
Max
Min
--
ºC
ºF
ºC
ºF
ºC
ºF
January
30
86
22
71.6
5.3
24.5
76.1
3
2

1

February
30
86
24
75.2
7.5
25
77
2
1
1
March
31
87.8
24
75.2
6
25
77
1
1
2
April
31
87.8
24
75.2
7.5
25
77
2
1
1.5
May
28
82.4

22

71.6
5.2
24.5
76.1
3
2
0.8
June
26
78.8
21
69.8
4.4
23
73.4
4
2
0.3
July
26
78.8
20
68
2.8
22
71.6
5
3
0.5
August
26
78.8
19
66.2
3.3
21.5
70.7
6
4
0.3
September
26
78.8
19
66.2
2.9
22
71.6
7
4
0.5
October
26
78.8
20
68
3.8
22.5
72.5
6
3
0.3
November
26
78.8
21
69.8
3.5
23
73.4
5
3
0.5
December
27
80.6
22
71.6
4
22.5
72.5
4
2
0.5

Wind Factor
 
Sea Factor
1:
Doldrums (imperceptible)
1:
Without any inconvenience
7:
Moderate
4:
Considerable surge
10:

Possible damage

10:

Imminent risk

 
 
CLIMATE
 
The climate in the Galapagos islands, though under the equator, cooled by the Humboldt current, and is characterized by two main seasons: (1) the warm, wet season (January to April), and (2) the cool, dry season (May to December). December to May is the best season for visiting the islands when the weather is pleasantly warm and the winds are light.
The rainy season, which lasts from January to April, is marked by decreased winds and warmer sea currents. The days are warm and the seas are calm during these months. Heavy rains in the upper elevations send streams of water down the slopes to even the lowest island points.
From June to November the weather is overcast and cool. The water around the islands is surprisingly cold and the meeting of the Humboldt current and the warm air sometimes causes mist over the islands. Occasionally the Humboldt current is replaced by the warm El Niño current, a phenomenon which can affect weather conditions throughout the South Pacific.
From May to December, when the winds blow in a southeasterly direction, the shores of the southern islands are bathed in cool waters, chilling the air and creating unusually cold conditions for equatorial islands. During this period, rain is scarce on the coastal regions. Only plants that can survive long periods of time without water -- such as lichens and cacti -- thrive in these areas. Higher up, however, clouds of moisture support the thick vegetation
 
 
HIGH AND LOW SEASON
 
Many tour operators consider around April & May and September & October to be their low season months. During these periods, the tourism in the Galapagos decreases and (depending on the boat) many lower their prices at this time in order to attract more passengers on board. During the high season, many boats will be booked far in advance, so make reservations months before you plan on traveling. If making last minute reservations, you may have to choose a boat that is not your first choice.
 
 
WILDLIFE
 
There are a number of animals, particularly sea birds, that have specific breeding patterns. For example, the captivating waved Albatross come from all over to Isabela Island to stay for the rest of the year. In October, their courtship is at its peak and is a sight to see. Other animals have specific seasons during which they breed, and are more active or more abundant in the water during these periods. Take a look at our wildlife section and read up on a specific animal to determine if there is an animal season you just can't miss

 

 

 
 
 
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