Once more my husband, Gary, and I exchange triumphant looks and high fives. We have just gone online and, besides reading indignant emails from those back home in Canada, we have viewed the weather conditions in both Canada and the U.S.: snow, road closures, and freezing temperatures.
No, we are not gloating (well maybe just a teeny tiny bit), nor wishing our Canadian friends and family any ill will. It is just one more justification for moving to Panama.
After living here for seven years we find 85 F to 95 F to be comfortable. Even when the temperature climbs to 105 F—usually in March or April—we just head for one or the other of our favorite nearby beach resorts where we can swim in their pools, have a cool drink on the stools at their swim-up bars, or dine in air-conditioned comfort. Happily, even those days our mornings are cool and pleasant, as are our evenings.
During the rainy season, which usually lasts from May through November, the temperatures are much cooler. The rains in Panama differ greatly from Canadian rains. Our beloved Vancouver Island, especially, has a very chilly, cloudy, rain-filled winter, which we found very depressing.
During the Panamanian wet season, the norm is bright sunny mornings followed by deluges of rain for an hour or two each afternoon. Oh, the lovely aroma of wet earth and fresh rain. You can almost see the foliage perking up and the flowers smiling.
Mornings are perfect for yard work, laundry, or other outside chores, then there’s plenty of time to read, write, paint, do inside house maintenance, visit, or run errands during the wet afternoons.
Those who prefer cooler temperatures throughout the year usually make Boquete or Volcán their home. Or, nestled between Boquete and David is beautiful Potrerillos, which is also “in between” weather-wise. With average temperatures around 70 F to 75 F, it is warmer than Boquete and Volcán, yet cooler than David.
The icing on the Panamanian weather cake: It holds the privileged position of having no hurricanes. It sits just outside the hurricane corridor, which is partially due to the warmer currents at the equator.
One of my very favorite things about living in Panama (and there are many) is knowing that each and every morning, without fail, I will wake up to bright sunshine accompanied by glorious birdsong. Never a worry as to what type of clothes to wear to suit the temperature or whether it will be necessary to take along a sweater or jacket. No shoveling the driveway and sweeping the snow off the car before leaving our property. This is our Panama, and we are so thankful for it every single day.