Nicaragua has a tropical climate with little seasonal variation in temperature, which ranges between 21-27˚C, and two distinct rainfall seasons: a ‘wet’ season’ (May-October) and a ‘dry’ season (November-April). A dry period called the ‘Canícula’ regularly interrupts the wet season during late July and early August. From July to October the country is subject to increased rainfall intensity and strong winds resulting from its geographic location in the path of Pacific cyclones and Atlantic hurricanes. El Niño Southern Oscillation fluctuations during June and August bring relatively warmer and drier or colder and wetter conditions, respectively. According to the USAID Climate Risk Profile, key historical climate trends include:
- Since the 1960s, mean annual temperatures have increased by 0.9˚C (a rate of 0.2-0.4˚C per decade).
- Since the 1960s, increasing year to year variations in temperature have been observed.
- Variations in the onset and duration of the Canícula has also been observed.
- Total rainfall has decreased by 5-6% per decade since 1960, mainly due to lower wet season rainfalls.
- Since the 1960s, there has been an increased proportion of rainfall occurring in heavy events (by 2.2 events per decade).
- Increased intensity of hurricanes has been observed.
This section provides the options to visualize historical climate data for different timeframes via map and annual cycle chart.