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

The overall climate is spectacular. It's sunny a LOT of the time and in the mid 60s to mid 70s with low humidity. Even in the rainy season you'll get beautiful days or beautiful mornings. It's about as ideal as it gets. The only downside is that because you are significantly closer to the sun with less atmosphere, you will burn easily and quickly. Even Ecuadorians take care to wear hats, long sleeves, and long pants. - Jul 2019


Rainy season for a few months in spring. Summer is warm, dry, during mid-day sun is strong and you will definitely need sunscreen. Evenings and mornings are cooler. But in general, never cooler than 55 or warmer than 75. Pretty great climate. On clear days you can see multiple volcanoes. - Jul 2018


There is a rainy season, about November to March. Otherwise it is pretty much 50-70F year round. The sun is very strong so you need to bring sunscreen. Layers are key. You would only need winter gear if you're into mountaineering, and only need summer clothes if you travel to the coast or the jungle. - Mar 2017


Perfecto!! There is a "rainy season" but after living through Asian monsoons, we had to laugh. Every day has been glorious. - Sep 2016


Quito's weather is very similar to that in San Francisco - in the high 70's/low 80's during the day, and in the upper 50's in the evening. There are basically two seasons: rainy and dry. During the rainy season it rains most days, but generally briefly. - Aug 2015


Weather is eternal spring... Clear and dry in the summer, 70s F during the day, 50s F at night. Wet and cloudy in the winter, rain every day for an hour or two, 70s F during the day, 50s F at night. - Aug 2014


Spring all year. I loved it, but many complained that it was too cold. It was 70-75 most afternoons (but felt hotter in the sun, given the 9,200' altitude), then cooled down to 50-55 at night. It can rain a bit, but usually the sun would make an appearance. - Jul 2012


Quito has a rainy season. The rain begins every day around 3 and goes until late in the night. Bring umbrellas and rain coats! It gets chilly. At night the temperatures drop to the 50s. Always wear two or three layers, plus a jacket. When it doesn't rain, the temperatures can get up into the low 70s. But the temperature varies so much from 9 am to 2 pm to 5 pm to 10 pm. - Jan 2011


The weather has been unpredictable the past few years, with some extremely rainy/cold periods, and more recently a drought during the usually wet season. But in general there are two seasons: October to May is rainy and colder (50-60F during the day), though most days it rains some and then clears. May to October is warm and sunny (70-85F daytime), and very windy in July-August. Humidity is perfect. There is a typical mountain effect where you get hot in the sun and chilly in the shade. This is definitely the "city of eternal spring" and the most beautiful climate we have ever lived in. - May 2010


Quito has fall-like/spring-like weather year round, with a long rainy season. - Oct 2009


There are two seasons in Quito, summer (roughly April - October) and winter (the rest of the year). Winter is rainy season, which typically has sunny days turning cloudy and then raining a while in the afternoon or evening. Temperatures are pleasantly in the 70s-80s during the summer days, varying more in the winter with cloud cover and rain, but usually 50s-70s. Nights are cool and fresh. It should be mentioned that earthquakes are fairly frequent and there are several volcanoes are in the area. - Jan 2009


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