Annual Weather Chart for Cuenca, Ecuador

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cuenca-weatherEveryone wants to know about the climate in Cuenca.

On an almost daily basis, we get asked:

  • When is the rainy season in Cuenca?
  • What is the best time to visit?
  • When is it hottest in Cuenca?

These are some of the most common questions from travelers and prospective expats. And it is understandable – it’s important to know how to plan for a visit. Even more so if you are thinking about living here.

To help answer those questions, we researched and are publishing the monthly/annual averages for Cuenca: highs, lows and precipitation. Charts are divided by imperial and metric measurements.

Annual Climate Chart for Cuenca, Ecuador (Fahrenheit / Inches)

Climate data for Cuenca, Ecuador
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average high °F 69 70 69 69 67 66 65 66 69 70 71 71 68.5
Average low °F 50 51 51 50 49 47 47 46 48 49 46 49 48.6
Precipitation inches 2 1.8 3.2 4.3 4.3 1.7 0.9 1.1 1.6 3.1 1.8 2.5 28.3

Annual Climate Chart for Cuenca, Ecuador (Celsius / Centimeters)

Climate data for Cuenca, Ecuador
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average high °C 21 21 21 21 19 19 18 19 21 21 22 22 20.4
Average low °C 10 11 11 10 9 8 8 8 9 9 8 9 9.2
Precipitation cm 5 4.6 8.1 10.9 10.9 4.3 2.3 2.8 4.1 7.9 4.6 6.4 71.9

Data primarily based on charts from Weatherbase.com

What do we learn from the charts?

First of all, the temperature seldom changes, month by month. There is a variation of just a couple of degrees.

What is significant is how much the temperature changes during one day. Some days will go from just a few degrees above freezing to more than 25°C by midday. This dramatic temperature change can make travelers (and expats) sick.

So, is it cold in Cuenca? Yes, sometimes it even hails. But this is rare. It is usually similar to a Canadian spring-like climate.

It Doesn’t Rain Like We’re Used To

Sometimes, it rains a lot. I’m not sure if the flooding is because of poor drainage or just because of the volume of water that falls in such a short period of time.

But as you will see in the following photos, sometimes it rains hard in Cuenca. These photos are from a few years ago, taken in the month of February – all from the same rain storm. My favorite one is of the water coming up out of the gutter. Some of the gutters were actually pushing water more than a meter in the air (sorry, no photo of that).

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The effects of heavy rain in Cuenca: stones and rubble block off this road near Baños

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This is actually a road (not a river).

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Water washing out the road and the tires used to build up the bank beside a house.

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Water being forced up out of a storm drain

What do you think? Do you enjoy a good rainstorm?

In the coming weeks, I’ll be preparing climate charts for the top travel/expat areas within the country. If you have a great weather resource, please share it in the comment section below.

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Bryan Haines

Bryan Haines is editor of GringosAbroad - one of the largest English language sites about Ecuador. Work with GringosAbroad. He is a travel blogger, photographer and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands).

27 comments… add one
  • Alice M Mar 13, 2017, 10:54 pm

    Hi Everyone! This is my first time posting here. Long story short — My US father met my Ecuadorian mother after WWII while looking for Inca treasure. My older brother and I were born in Quito. Over the years I’ve been to Ecuador about 6 times. Mostly stayed in Ambato where my Mother lived. I will be relocating to Cuenca near the end of the summer or beginning of fall. I’ve never been there but it’s a university town & cultural center, has my kind of weather (I’m from Seattle, WA but will miss the ocean) and have a pretty good grasp of Ecuadorian Spanish and will continue to perfect it further while there. My question today is, is there up-to-date news of the new laws regarding Permanent Resident Visas and the upcoming Ecuadorian Election April 2? Ecuador considers me an Ecuadorian citizen from birth so I will investigate the possibility of getting both a US passport and an Ecuadorian one. I’ll also be going down to Cuenca to find a place to live before I actually move. Any suggestions about who to contact and use to help facilitate my rental apartment hunting, etc.? Thanks

  • Kenneth Hanigan Mar 11, 2017, 1:56 pm

    I took the plunge last year and stayed a month in Cuenca and a month at the coast. They have no heat in most homes in Cuenca because they feel the weather is not cold enough but I was too cold many of the nights and ended up opening the oven and putting some heat into the house I rented. And many days I needed to wear a jacket so for me it was too cold. I guess if you lived there permanently I would install room heaters. The people were lovely and the city nice. We then moved to the coast and stayed in a condo right on the beach. It was beautiful, with walks everyday on the beach. We also met some very nice locals as well as expats while on the coast. My partner was bitten by a sting ray one day and a visit to the local hospital with a shot, cost us nothing. Free health, that was a surprise. We stayed a month in the condo and the electricity and gas cost us $25, another nice surprise. I am a little alarmed that after we left they had some earthquakes along the coast with lots of damage. I liked Ecuador, but think my search is not over. I stayed in Argentina for a few months recently and so far it has my vote, but still want to visit other countries. I am still learning……………..

  • Mark Wardner Mar 11, 2017, 9:47 am

    Hi Bryan and Dena, I am really glad to hear you’ll be discussing areas along the coast, soon. I’m originally from New England, but moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 17 years ago to enjoy the year-round warm tropical weather. I’m retired now, and have spent many hours on the computer researching a possible move to Ecuador. After extensive research, I long-ago decided that I would never be happy with the cooler, cloudy climate of Cuenca, plus I have always lived near the water, and find that to be something essential to my true inner peace and happiness. But all you ever seem to hear about is Cuenca, Cuenca, Cuenca. I’ve read so much about Cuenca, I feel like I’ve already lived there, and shiver at the thought of it. I speak some Spanish and am improving regularly with online tutorials. So it is not necessary for me to live in a “Gringoland” retirement community. I actually want to get to know the locals, and live amongst them. Since I love being near the water, I have for a long time, set my sights on the Bahia/San Vicente area. But since the April, 2016 earthquake, there has been very little current news coming out of that area. Pretty much all the info and pictures available online, are pre-quake, and there is very little available about progress(or lack of progress) in the rebuilding and liveability in those coastal areas. Especially, as regards the realistic current facts that would be of value and interest to potential expats. I hope you will be able to give some current updates on that area, in the near future. I recall that you returned to live in Canada, a while ago, due to medical reasons. Are you now back in Ecuador, or do you possibly have contacts there, who can shed more light on the coastal areas that were affected by the earthquake? Hope all is well with you and your family, and hope you’ll be able to relay some current info about the coastal areas soon. I’m sure there are many other retirees, like myself, who are confirmed “warm weather lovers”, and would welcome current and accurate information about the coastal areas of Ecuador. My sincere thanks, Mark

  • Dan Merz Feb 9, 2017, 6:48 pm

    What is the humidity like in Cuenca?

  • Dan Merz Feb 9, 2017, 6:47 pm

    People want to know about the temps. No mention is ever made in info posted about Ecuador weather on the humidity. What are the humidity levels in Cuenca? D. Merz

  • Larry Scheer Feb 4, 2017, 11:35 am

    The pictures of the rain storm are a bit alarming, but I’m fairly certain this sort of storm is not “the norm”, right? (For example, we had a storm where I live – London, Ontario – where the water rose higher than the street curbs, about 4-5 inches, but we only get storms like that maybe once every other year, if that.)

    I am hoping to visit Cuenca next year. Is there any time of the year that would be the best to have a true sense of “life in Cuenca”? By this I mean, not just with the weather, but also to experience the culture.

    Thank you for your informative posting(s).

    • Bryan Haines Feb 4, 2017, 8:33 pm

      No, this isn’t the norm. It happens a few times each year around the city.

  • Frank Pool Mar 23, 2016, 7:21 am

    Surprised there is no mention of earthquakes which are frequent. See http://earthquaketrack.com/ec-02-cuenca/recent
    Most quakes do not cause much damage, but are perceptible -> disturbing depending on how one feels. Big quakes are, however, inevitable near the “ring of fire.”

    • Bryan Haines Mar 23, 2016, 8:03 am

      You’re right that small earthquakes occur in Ecuador. We’ve felt our house move in Cuenca – but there was no damage. When the volcanos are active in the north, tremors (and volcanic ash) can be felt and seen in the far south of the country.

      There is a small village south of Cuenca that was destroyed and abandoned decades ago by an earthquake.

  • F. Turner Jan 23, 2016, 7:33 pm

    Do you have this information yet: climate charts for the top travel/expat areas within the country?

    We are considering Ecuador for retirement and are trying to nail down some areas in particular for a trip this year to check out places. Cuenca sounded ideal until we saw the flooding pictures. Plus, reviewers’ comments about chilly mornings/nights have dampened Cuenca’s appeal. We do not want a HOT climate however. We prefer a city/town approx. the size of and conveniences of Cuenca. Plus, good and convenient medical care. Any suggestions?

  • Derek Koonin Aug 18, 2015, 2:03 pm

    Thanks for all the info on the weather in Cuenca. I leave in three weeks to live there, based on my research over the past four years. I’m a New Yorker who hates the heat and humidity in the summer, as well as the cold long winters. Of course the cost of living is a major factor, but from what I can tell Cuenca sounds incredible. My biggest concern is the amount of rain. Walking my dogs won’t be fun. But that being said, what do you think of my choice.
    Many thanks,
    Derek Koonin, NY.

  • kmcconnell Sep 1, 2014, 1:28 pm

    Is Quayaguil just a little warmer or is it hot? I am single and I have no intention of owning a car, is $1,250 a month good? Also, is Guayaguil a reasonably safe place?

    • Bryan Haines Sep 12, 2014, 12:14 pm

      It is much warmer (hotter) than Cuenca. It can be unbearable (at least for a Canadian like me).

      Your budget depends on your lifestyle. Lots of expats live on that amount of money. Guayaquil is reasonably safe – but it depends on what you are comparing it to. It is the opinion of many Ecuadorians that it is the most dangerous city in the country – but it is also the biggest. It could just be an undeserved reputation. I haven’t seen any crime stats by city.

  • Lyndana Mar 25, 2014, 3:10 pm

    I am 65 yrs. old and labeled disabled. I have my social security income and that is all. I am wondering if it is worth my even considering Ecuador. How can I find out if my medications are obtainable.

    • Charles Mar 26, 2014, 11:20 am

      To Lyndana, I took a list of meds ands supplements on my recent trip and found that ALL were available, I suspect that your meds will be available unless maybe you are on some new exotic drug. Disabled can be in many different forms but if you are physically disabled and have difficulty getting around then that will be magnified in Cuenca as in most other countries. Many cities in the USA such as here in Houston have tried to mitigate the obstacles a physically disabled person encounters. If you are serious then visit for a couple of weeks and then you will know. The experience of the visit will give you the results and even if Cuenca is not for you it will provide many great memories for you. I can hardly wait until we get our affairs settled here so we can move Must sell this house, cars, get rid of a life time collection of STUFF and secure all financial affairs. Hope to be settled in by Christmas. Weather was spring time every day

  • Collin Feb 17, 2014, 5:25 pm

    Enjoyed the post. People are always asking about weather in Cuenca! Just wanted to point out that there is almost no evidence that the change in weather can cause a person to get sick or catch a cold. This is a long-standing urban myth passed on by mothers each generation. Ecuadorians are particularly stuck on this myth, and it always annoyed me when I heard it. Of course, the changing weather brings people indoors more often, which is what actually makes them sick. I guess, one could argue that the changing weather indirectly makes them more susceptible to contracting illness.

  • Kevin W Feb 17, 2014, 4:57 pm

    Hi,
    Yes, this info is fairly similar to what I was reading in the Lonely Planet guide to Ecuador. It’s also very similar to the weather in Ireland where I lived for 20 years, just south of Dublin. If I ever decide to live there I will probably head for the coast for at least half the year 🙂
    Looks to me like a four wheel drive vehicle is de rigueur judging from the photos. Best regards.

  • Eric Feb 14, 2014, 7:21 pm

    Hello Folks. sounds like nice weather, very stable. two night ago it was -20 , today +10c and rain. sunny tomorrow, not sure of the temp. however 15 to 20 cm of snow on Sunday. Spring will so be here. i can start gardening again. i love it . i take great pride in our garden. When we arrive home, i walk to garden before entering the house to make one weed has not sprouted. Have a good evening all three of you. Lou

  • Jerry Bauer Feb 14, 2014, 6:11 pm

    any place n that country with warmer weather?

    • Bryan Haines Feb 14, 2014, 6:43 pm

      You bet! We’ll be covering those in the future – but for now, you should be looking at the coast. Areas like Salinas and Manta.

      • Joyce Uzcategui Feb 17, 2014, 12:45 pm

        I can’t wait to hear about the weather in Salinas. We were going to Crucita first when we land in Ecuador, but we have changed our minds and thought we would try Salinas first. We are choosing the coast because of the weather. Have you been to those two cities before or will you be going for the first time to cover it as you mentioned above? If you have visited before, what are you thoughts on each? Thanks

        • Bryan Haines Mar 14, 2014, 2:38 pm

          Hi Joyce, we have been to Salinas many times but not to Crucita yet.

          Bryan

  • Gordon Crossman Feb 14, 2014, 6:06 pm

    How about the Annual Weather Chart for Guayaquil too.

  • Bob Griffith Feb 14, 2014, 4:53 pm

    Bryan,I wish we could just sell all assets and fly down,but we do plan to visit,maybe when our winter starts here,Nov,Dec,Jan. I like your e-mail and if I’m lucky my wife and I will get to meet you guys. So many things keep us nailed down here,mainly property assets. Hope to hear from you. Bob

  • Diana Duque Feb 14, 2014, 4:40 pm

    The weather in Cuenca is absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been here since early December and every day has been beautiful, cool in the mornings and evenings and warm during the day, with blue skies. Fortunately it often rains in the afternoons which helps keep the trees and grass green and beautiful.

  • Trudy Marshall Feb 14, 2014, 3:35 pm

    Thanks for the post. Getting accurate weather forecast in Ecuador is even more challenging than it is in NS, Canada! I use AccuWeather.com for my daily forecast. It is just about as accurate as one can find. It also shows averages, and historical weather, so it was really useful to us when we were deciding what area in the country we wanted to live as far as climate considerations.

  • Charles Caywood Feb 14, 2014, 3:20 pm

    Today is Friday 14 Feb 2014, yes, it is Valentine’s Day and the weather is mild. Tuesday night it seemed a bit chilly to me and again last night as well; however it did rain a little bit late yesterday. I am a person who chills easily so for me a light weight jacket is required when the sun goes down. On the ride from Guayaquil to Cuenca through the mountains I was very happy to have a jacket and wished for a bit more than my blue jean jacket.

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