The Real Weather?

I would like to know the real story on the weather in Cuenca … How many cloudy days by month, average temperature per month, etc.? Just to say the climate is “spring-like” does not mean much (spring-like where; Fairbanks, Up-state New York, Charleston SC, Key West) get my point… help please.

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9 Responses to The Real Weather?

  1. I’ve been here almost 4 years and finally realized that the “spring weather” talked about in Cuenca is not your balmy spring day – it’s a crisp, early season day. I was pretty shocked, though, to find that Cuenca officially has less sunny days a year than my beloved Seattle, which has a rainy reputation to keep up!

  2. I’m from Colorado Springs (alt. 6,300 ft), and if I just looked at the horizon, I’d swear I never left home.I would compare Cuenca weather to late Spring in Colorado Springs, although the ecuatorial sun here–as others have mentioned–makes it feel like it’s in the 80s at times during the day. It’s also comparable to Colorado in that, at Cuenca, it feels relatively dry as far as humidity levels go. That may be an illusion because of the cooler temps… All I know is that it feels drier here.

    QUESTION: I’ve heard that the July-August “winter” here, while a bit cooler, is actually less rainy/more sunny during that season. Can I get a confirmation on that?

  3. The Real Weather???–Every day experiences multiple seasons. It can start out sunny, warm and beautiful. Then it may turn cloudy and gray; it may even rain. They it may become warm and sunny again, Then it may get really cold (50s). Then it may get pretty windy, Then it may be sunny again. Notice that I’ve used a lot of “may”s. That’s the operative word–it may. You never know what each and every day will bring. Sometimes it rains for hours, sometimes really hard, sometimes it rains for two minutes. Get the picture??? All I can tell you is that it’s a lot better than northern US with its four seasons.

  4. Rather than calling the Cuenca weather spring-like, I would liken it to October in New England. We do joke about having four season every day — cool sweater mornings, the equator sun warms things up so that by midday many people are in shirt sleeves, then come the afternoon rains (many days, not every) and the temperatures fall again as the sun sets. The concrete buildings tend to be chilly so that many of us have electric space heaters that we use at night to mitigate the chill. People come expecting hotter weather because we are on the equator, but the altitude (8,000+ ft) makes it cooler than expected.

  5. Speaking strictly about the weather. If you are coming from London, Tasmania or the Pacific Northwest you will love it. If you are coming from Arizona, Southern CA or Florida you will hate it.

  6. It’s a little bit of everything every day. It’s very rare to have completely clear skies in Cuenca. But, you really don’t want that because the sun is far too intense. Usually mornings are fairly sunny, as the hours march on, clouds move through the sky keeping the temps in the low 70”s during the warmest season (Nov – April), and you get bursts of sunshine as gaps in the clouds pass. Then, quite commonly, in the late afternoon there will be rainfall. Usually, rain falls fast and hard here…not drip drip drip. It may pass in 30 mins then it’s back to cloud/sun mixture. Some people find it on the cold side here, but it’s all about where you’re coming from, what you’re used to, and how your body reacts. I wear shorts all the time and rarely bundle up. But, sometimes I need to turn on a space heater in the house at nights to take the chill off. July/August are our coldest months (typically) but by that I mean, it dips down to the low 60’s during the day. Don’t look at the raindrop in the weather forecast to imply it rains all the time…it just means we might get SOME rain in the course of the day. Also, the posted temps can be misleading because if the sun is hitting you, it feels MUCH warmer (as in the low 80’s, even though the air may only be 70. We never have snow, though we sometimes get hail. Thunder and lightening are common here. Need a warmer place? Places like Yunguilla valley are just 30-60 mins outside of Cuenca are lower, warmer, and dryer. Or get a beach fix just 4-6 hours away.

  7. Like many places in the world, the weather changes. For example today it was warm and sunny for the early part of the day with a temp of around 74. At approximately 3:30 PM it started clouding up and we’re experiencing a few sprinkles. The temp dropped to 65.

    Most days, if the sun is shining, it’s warm and pleasant with temps in the mid to high 70’s. At night it can get down into the 40’s but it’s rare and usually only during our winter months which are July & August. Typically night time lows are in the low to mid 50’s.

  8. I know what you mean! I am currently living in Cuenca. I feel it’s too chilly for me, but well worth visiting.
    it’s generally in the mid 60’s for the highs (sometimes even 70) lows (night time temps) 40’s. but on sunny days I love it here! but so far
    those days are not frequent. usually it’s cloudy, so far. but lower elevations are much warmer.

  9. Eric Fraterman

    Go to Wikipedia and search for Cuenca, Ecuador. Then click on Climate and you will find a complete climate/weather chart with all information you could possibly want.

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