Cuenca Ecuador is famous for it’s “spring-like” climate. Warm days and cool nights. But what does it really mean? What can you expect on your trip?
What is a “Spring-Like” Climate in Cuenca?
In our news series: What’s Your Question About Cuenca, Ecuador? Lionel Riley asks:
We all hear about Cuenca’s spring-like weather and houses with no ac/heating. I’ve been looking at the nighttime temperatures and they seem to average in the mid-forties. I live in the San Francisco Bay area and temperatures in the mid-forties at night is cold. How does one call this spring-like weather?
A few months ago, we discussed What is a “Spring-Like” Climate? but we will try to clarify it somewhat.
“Spring-like” According to What Standard?
Lionel makes a good point. Spring in the San Francisco Bay area is a little different than a New York spring and even more different than a Northern Ontario (Canada) spring. The term is very subjective.
When we refer to “spring-like” here in Cuenca, we are talking from our perspective. We are Canadians and spring in our home province of Nova Scotia is a perfect time of year. Its warm in the day (t-shirt weather – yet another subjective term) and cool (sweater weather) in the evenings.
Cuenca is like this. The sun is hot in the day and it cools off significantly at night. It rains a fair amount – often without much warning.
If you are from Southern California you might find the evenings cooler than you are used to. The sun is different than the southern States. Although it doesn’t get that “hot” it feels very hot because of the strength of the sun here on the equator.
So if you are coming to visit, you’ll want more than sandals and shorts. A long sleeve t-shirt and rain jacket are also in order. Oh – and shorts aren’t a very common sight here. Light pants might help you fit in a bit better.
Curious about the spring-like climate in Cuenca? I’ll do my best to explain it.
There seems to be some confusion online about what the expression “spring-like” actually means. Is it icy cold? Or is it beach weather? Just what does spring-like mean?
Does Cuenca Really Have a “Spring-Like” Climate?
Imagine the Northern US / Southern Canada in the months of May/June. But for 12 months of the year.
In the months of May and June, you’ll see lots of rain, lots of sun. Evenings are cool, days are pleasant and occasionally hot. On overcast days, you’ll need a sweater or a shell jacket.
What it doesn’t mean:
- Snow, ice and frostbite
- Heatstroke and 40 degrees (Celsius) or 100 degrees (Fahrenheit)
- Air conditioners or furnaces
What it does mean:
- It will rain
- It will be sunny and warm
- Some days it will be hot
- The evenings can get cool – especially on clear nights.
If you are thinking about visiting the Andes, and specifically the city of Cuenca, you might wonder what you’ll need.
Check out the annual weather chart for Cuenca Ecuador.
- A snow shovel
- Skis or crampons
- Igloo architectural plans
- Short shorts (yeah, they can stay at home, even if you’re going to the coast. No one likes those . . .)
What you will need:
- sunscreen and hat (the sun is strong here)
- raincoat and sweaters
- warm jammies – (I’m told)
- portable umbrella
The cool rainy season is May to August. It is warm and dry the rest of the year. Of course, it can be rainy any time of year. It just rains more in the rainy season – imagine that!
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Storm Clouds of Cuenca, Ecuador
This shot was taken with our daughters little point-and-shoot camera. We were just heading into the downtown when storm clouds formed overhead. The sun was still shining on the white of the church making a pretty outstanding contrast.
Rain storms can roll in pretty quick in Cuenca. For this reason, most people carry an umbrella.
Interested to learn more about the weather across the country? Check out our Guide to Ecuador Weather: Climate Charts for all 4 Regions