Lying near the equator, Guyana has a tropical climate, and temperatures do not vary much throughout the year. The year has two wet seasons, from December to early February and from late April to mid-August.
Guyana is a small country in South America. (Photo: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images )
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Highest temperature ever recorded in Guyana was 48 °C (118 °F).
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The country experiences some geographical variation. The coast, including capital city Georgetown, has a hot, wet climate with a constantly high level of humidity. Although temperatures are not dangerously high, the atmosphere can feel very oppressive. If you find humidity difficult to cope with, make sure you arrive prepared. In the country's interior, rainfall and temperatures are generally lower than in the coastal lowlands.
The coastal plain is made up largely of alluvial mud swept out to sea by the Amazon River, carried north by ocean currents, and deposited on the Guyanese shores. A rich clay of great fertility, this mud overlays the white sands and clays formed from the erosion of the interior bedrock and carried seaward by the rivers of Guyana. Because much of the coastal plain floods at high tide, efforts to dam and drain this area have gone on since the 18th century.
About 57 % of the population in Guyana are Christian, including the following faiths: 17 ... more
Most housing units in Guyana are detached houses. Owners occupy over half of all dwellings. ... more
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The coastal plain, which occupies about 5 percent of the country's area, is home to more than 90 percent of its inhabitants. The plain ranges from 26 to 77 kilometers wide and extends from the Corentyne River in the east to the Venezuelan border in the northwest.
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A line of swamps forms a barrier between the white sandy hills of the interior and the coastal plain. These swamps, formed when water was prevented from flowing onto coastal croplands by a series of dams, serve as reservoirs during periods of drought.
Mostly rolling highlands; low coastal plain; savanna in south.
A third of the population of Guyana is descended from African slaves, imported by the ... more
Guyana has an abundance of interesting species of animals. Mammals include jaguars, pumas, tapirs, giant ... more
The white sand belt lies south of the coastal zone. This area is 150 to 250 kilometers wide and consists of low sandy hills interspersed with rocky outcroppings. The white sands support a dense hardwood forest. These sands cannot support crops, and if the trees are removed erosion is rapid and severe. Most of Guyana's reserves of bauxite, gold, and diamonds are found in this region.
Guyana means Land of many waters in Amerindian. The country has vast rain forests dissected ... more
Guyanese cuisine is a culinary hybrid with African, East Indian, Portuguese, and Chinese influences. Guyanese ... more
Although the temperature never gets dangerously high, the combination of heat and humidity can at times seem oppressive. The entire area is under the influence of the northeast trade winds, and during the midday and afternoon sea breezes bring relief to the coast. Guyana lies south of the path of Caribbean hurricanes and none is known to have hit the country.
I Georgetown you can find shopping malls, and in all towns and along some roads ... more
Drivers use the left side of the road in Guyana. Many roads are unpaved and ... more
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Guyana's climate is warm and tropical throughout the year. The rainfall is generally high for most of the year, as is the humidity. December to January and May to June are the rainy seasons, while in coastal areas the climate is tempered by sea breezes.
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Guyana's temperature is relatively even throughout the year, particularly when compared with other countries further from the equator. Across the year, the average daytime maximum is 85.2 Fahrenheit (29.6 Celsius) while the nighttime average is 75 F (24 C), according to the Guyana Ministry of Agriculture's HydroMet. Humidity generally stays above 70 percent, and annual rainfall averages between 70 and 110 inches.
The major sports in Guyana are cricket (Guyana is part of the West Indies as ... more
The Guyanese workforce is predominantly employed in agriculture, mining and manufacturing, but also in construction, ... more
Average temperature, rainfall and snowfall information is available for the following climate stations in Guyana
Sea wall: The city of Georgetown lies below sea level and is protected from the ... more
Guyana is the third-smallest country in South America and stands on the continent's northeast coast, bordering Suriname, Brazil and Venezuela. The small country experiences a tropical climate with two wet and two dry seasons each year, which you should bear in mind if you're planning to visit.
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