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Pacific winds, Eastern Pacific hurricanes, Prevailing winds, Caribbean Sea, higher elevations

Most of Panama has a hot and humid tropical climate, with cooler temperatures in higher elevations. Prevailing winds carry moisture from the Caribbean Sea to the northern coast, making it wetter than the Pacific side. The northern slopes of the mountains receive an average of 2,970 mm (117 in) of rain a year, most during the wet season from May to December. Pacific winds bring drier air to the southern coast, which receives up to 1,650 mm (65 in) a year. The Azuero Peninsula is the driest region. Panama lies outside the paths of Caribbean and Eastern Pacific hurricanes. The average temperatures in coastal areas are 23 to 27C (73 to 81F); in higher elevations they average about 19C (66F).



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Pacific winds, Eastern Pacific hurricanes, Prevailing winds, Caribbean Sea, higher elevations, average temperatures, cooler temperatures, wet season, Panama, mountains, southern coast, northern coast, moisture, rain, coastal areas, year

 
 

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