Q COSTA RICA – Around June 24th, which is Saint John the Baptist’s feast day according to the Catholic Church, the “Veranillo de San Juan” usually happens, when trade winds slightly picked, causing less rain in Guanacaste and the Central Valley.
According to Luis Alvarado, Coordinator of the Climatology Unit of the national weather service, the Instituto Meterologico Nacional (IMN) – for this 2023, from June 22 to June 30, the North Pacific (Guanacaste) will be dry, sunny, and hot with windy days, and maximum temperatures that could reach 39°C.
For the Central Valley, Veranillo is expected to start on Sunday (June 25), however, the phenomenon will not be intense or prolonged, there could be some downpours during the afternoons, and temperatures could range from 26° in areas such as Cartago to 34° C in parts further away from the Central Valley, such as Atenas.
For the South Pacific (Southern Zone), Caribbean (Limon) and North Zone, the Veranillo will not be perceived, these areas will have normal rains.
A Veranillo is when it’s dry and sunny during the rainy season. People call it the “short summer” because it has the same weather as the dry season, but only for a few days or weeks.