Introduction

Climate

Vilcabamba has the tropical savanna climate prevailing. It is warm every month with both a wet and dry season. The average annual temperature for Vilcabamba is 61º F (16° C) and there is about 64 in (1626 mm) of rain annually. It is dry for 28 days a year with an average humidity of 86% and an UV-index of 4. The highest average temperature in Vilcabamba is 75º F (24° C) in November and the lowest is 69º F ( 21° C) in June.
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Temperature
22°C
22°C
22°C
22°C
22°C
21°C
21°C
22°C
23°C
23°C
24°C
23°C
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Precipitation
79 mm
96 mm
109 mm
100 mm
67 mm
25 mm
11 mm
15 mm
24 mm
54 mm
49 mm
55 mm
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The varies widely depending on the region. Much of the developed areas lie in high altitude valleys. Vilcabamba sits at 5500 feet and the temperature ranges from about 55 F to 80 F all year. There are two seasons, wet and dry. The dry season lasts from May to October and the wet season from October to April. The onset of the wet season was once very predictable but due to climate change this has started to shift in recent years. There are many valley with a wide variety of microclimates. Vilcabamba is famed for having some of the best weather in the world. It is not far fetched to suggest that this area of Ecuador has the perfect climate.
Due to the latitude and elevation, the southern Andes of Ecuador has a very temperature range very resilient to increases due to the effects of climate change. As the weather intensifies and the global temperatures increase, the equator will be heavily impacted at sea level altitudes. Higher elevations the temperature is insulated and because of the cooler mountain air and is likely to experience less average temperature rises. This effect creates an excellent climate shelter for sustainable communities.
Rainfall
The southern coast and the highlands receive 30 to 80 inches (760 to 2,000 mm). The wettest areas, the northern coast and the Oriente, receive about 120 to 240 inches (3,000 to 6,000 mm) of rain. In the Sierra (where Vilcabamaba is located) rains reach a maximum during the equinoxes; there is a long dry season from June to September and a shorter one (the veranillo) from December through January. Rainfall occurs throughout the year (only approximately 12% of the days are dry). Rainfall occurs primarily as drizzle (80% of rainfall duration), which accounts for 29% of total rainfall amount and the timing and average intensity of rainfall varies throughout the year (shorter afternoon events are common from October to May, whereas longer night events—with lower intensities—are more frequent from June to September).




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