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Guatemala City

What is the overall climate: is it extremely hot or cold, wet or dry, at any time of year, for example?

There's a rainy season from May-November, during which it rains most days and mostly in the afternoons. In the capital, the temperature doesn't vary much, March and April months might be five or seven degrees (F) warmer than the rest of the year. Guatemala has 20-something microclimates, mostly based on altitude. You can travel from Quetzaltenango, where the weather is typically cool to cold and it even snowed once (decades ago) to Rehaltuleu, where average highs are in the 90sF, in less than an hour. - Jun 7, 2015
The weather is perfect! Cool nights (in the 50s F) and sunny afternoon (70s-low 80s F). During the rainy season (May-August), the weather is nice until the late afternoon and then there are loud thunder- and lightning storms. - Apr 23, 2014
As hinted before, Guateamala deserves the epithet of "Land of the Eternal Spring". In the capital, it is never too cold nor too warm, the temperatures ranging from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius most of the year. It gets quite hot in the Peten department, however, where the climate is decidedly tropical. The country is, however, prone to periodic floods, hurricanes and earthquakes. My tour of duty coincided with the second strongest earthquake in the country's history, but after the 1976 catastrophe, which killed more than 20,000 people, the country adopted stricter building codes, and so the damage this time has been much less serious. Most new buildings are earthquake proof. - Jan 3, 2014
Known as the "Land of Eternal Springtime," Guatemala enjoys a temperate climate. Although, as one of the top ten countries most vulnerable to climate change, Guatemala is at risk of hurricanes, flooding and other natural disasters. As Guatemala is in a seismic zone, there is always the threat of an earthquake. - Nov 7, 2011
They call Guatemala "the country of the eternal springtime" because it feels like spring year 'round. They claim to have only 2 seasons: winter and summer. Winter is during the US summertime and is named that because of the rains that come in the afternoon. Summer is the dry season between October and May. Temperature-wise it always stays the same. It's great! - May 2, 2010