Antigua: June Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||10 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||12 %|
|Rainfall days||14 days|
|Chance of Rain||43 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||14 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||80 %|
Averages for Antigua in June
The weather continues to get hotter and wetter in Antigua in June, compared to April and May. At this time of year, the average temperature for the island begins at 28°C (created by highs of 30°C and lows of 26°C) and stays the same as the month progresses.
Although it only happens on an average of 10% of days, temperatures have been known to rise above 31°C and fall below 24°C in Antigua in June. The hottest temperature ever registered on the island at this time of year is 33°C, whilst the coldest temperature ever recorded here during this month is 21°C.
Since Antigua is beginning to warm up by June, this month is best suited to holidaymakers who like the heat, but can’t stand excessively high temperatures. If you’re not a fan of heat and want to holiday in Antigua when temperatures are at their coolest, consider visiting in January when temperatures are often at their lowest. However, if you love the heat and want to travel to Antigua when the island is at its hottest, forget about June and visit in August when high temperatures are usually at their peak. If you do choose to visit Antigua in June, make sure you take suntan lotion, light and airy clothing, and waterproofs with you to protect you from the elements.
Throughout June, Antigua is subject to an average of 62mm/2 inches of rainfall spread out between 14 rainy days – that’s slightly more than last month. With precipitation falling on just short of half of days across the month, it’s almost certain that you’ll experience a shower or two, so be prepared. The likelihood of rainfall making an appearance during this month starts off at 51% on June 1st and rises up to 52% by June 11th, 54% by June 21st and 56% by June 30th. The most common forms of precipitation you can expect to experience during your holiday in Antigua in June are moderate rain (57%), light rain (30%) and thunderstorms (10%).
Across the month, Antigua boasts an average of ten hours of sunshine each day – that’s one hour more every day than last month – alongside median cloud coverage which ranges between 61% (partly cloudy) at the beginning of the month and 57% (partly cloudy) by the end of the month. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 19% of the time, partly cloudy 33% and mostly cloudy/overcast 25%.
The average sea temperature for the island remains warm throughout the year. In June, it’s 28°C – that’s 1°C warmer than last month – which is definitely warm enough to go swimming, in spite of the intense cloud coverage.
Because of Antigua’s tropical climate, the island is also humid all-year-round. In June, the relative humidity for the island ranges between 66% (mildly humid) and 87% (very humid), rarely falling below 60% (mildly humid) or rising above 95% (very humid). On average, the air is at its driest around June 11th, when the relative humidity falls below 70% (humid) three days out of four whilst the air is often at its most humid around June 1st, when it rises above 84% (humid) three days out of four.
Over the course of an average June, typical wind speeds fluctuate between 4 m/s (gentle breeze) and 9 m/s (fresh breeze), rarely going above 11 m/s (fresh breeze). The highest average wind speed of 7 m/s (moderate breeze) happens around June 23rd, when the average daily maximum is 9 m/s, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) happens around June 1st, when the average daily maximum is 8 m/s.
Watersports around the coast of Antigua taken by Andy
Where to stay
Hermitage Bay is a privately-owned all-inclusive five-star boutique hotel, located on the western coast of Antigua just steps away from the beach. Accommodation is provided in the form of 25 suites, eight of which are located directly on the beach and 17 of which are situated on the hillside. Each suite features a white décor with wooden furniture and natural Aromatherapy Associates toiletries. Onsite you’ll find a restaurant which serves Caribbean, European and American dishes, as well as a poolside lounge where you can grab all sorts of international drinks. There’s also a spa which offers healing rituals and massages, plus a fitness centre where you can take part in meditation, yoga and pilates classes.
Tranquility Bay Antigua is the only all-suite hotel in Antigua. Situated on the south western side of Antigua providing guests with direct access to a long white sandy beach, this resort is just a short distance away from Jolly Beach and Jolly Harbour, where you’ll find loads of water sport opportunities, as well as shops, bars and restaurants. Guests can choose between one- and two-bedroom suites, as well as deluxe two-bedroom suites, each of which features complete kitchen, in-room safe and music centre. Onsite services and facilities include golf course courtesy shuttle bus, discounted green fees, free internet access, five bars and restaurants, two swimming pools, gym with exercise classes and water sports including snorkelling, sailing, kayaking and wind surfing.
For something a bit smaller and more intimate, consider 3 Martini Beach Bar Restaurant. This boutique resort is found in a secluded part of Antigua, overlooking Crab Point Beach where you can enjoy some of the best sunsets on the island. Accommodation is provided in the form of six spacious rooms with king-sized beds, balconies overlooking the sea and well-equipped kitchenettes. The small selection of onsite services and facilities includes free WiFi access, beach bar which serves local food and drinks, and room service, with loads of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants just a short drive away in St Johns.
If you’re travelling on a tight budget, consider staying at the Cappuccino Lounge. Based in Nelson’s Alley in St Johns, this hostel is within easy walking distance of plenty of beaches, water sport opportunities, bars, cafes, restaurants, shops and supermarkets, making it great for those who want to explore the local area. Guests can choose between six double rooms, each of which has a fan, private bathroom and cable TV. There is a restaurant onsite which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and you can choose to eat there, outside on the patio or even in your room.
Hit the beach
When it comes to a beach perfect for swimming and snorkelling, you can’t do better than Turner’s Beach. Located on the western side of the island, this beach is lined by crystal clear warm waters which are hardly ever choppy, making them ideal for visitors of all ages to swim. This area is also incredibly popular with a wide variety of tropical fish species, providing snorkelers with hours of entertainment. On the soft white sands which make up this beach you’ll find parasols and sun loungers which are available to rent, plus a beach bar and several temporary vendors who sell all sorts of local food and drinks for very cheap prices. Because there are no toilet facilities available, families with young children might be better off choosing a different location.
For a quieter day out, consider spending a few hours at Pasture Point Beach. Here you’ll find a long and narrow beach made up of fine white sand lined by warm, shallow waters which are so calm you’ll swear they form a lake. Thanks to the remarkably clear quality of the water here, the snorkelling and diving are superb and the offshore coral reef means you’ll always have plenty of interesting things to see. There are no facilities at all on this beach, so you’ll have to take everything you’ll need for the day with you.
Donkey at Antigua’s Donkey Sanctuary taken by Dani-Rae
Things to do
Animal lovers won’t want to miss the chance to visit Antigua’s Donkey Sanctuary. Located on the eastern part of the island, this donkey sanctuary offers a permanent home for donkeys which are at risk. There are currently 150 donkeys residing there which you can meet, pet and even feed during your visit. Antigua’s Donkey Sanctuary is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm and gives visitors the chance to donate to the cause in the form of T-shirt sales and adopt-a-donkey programmes.
If you’ve fallen in love with the food during your holiday in Antigua, stop by the Island Gourmet Boutique and take some of it home with you. This shop sells all sorts of food products made strictly in the Caribbean, including sauces, cakes, jams, chocolate, chutneys and dry spices – all of which you can buy so you can re-create the same meals you enjoyed on the island when you get home. You’ll also find a selection of gifts, clothes, bedroom accessories, bathroom decorations and general homeware available to buy – again, all of which is made in the Caribbean.
Art and architecture fans should take the time to visit the Cathedral of St John the Divine. Although the building is currently closed to the public whilst renovations take place, it is a wonderful thing to see from the outside. This religious landmark has been built in a neo-Baroque style and is found in centre of St Johns. There is an information centre nearby which has a collection of photos showing what the church looked like years ago and what it is expected to look like when restoration is complete.
Cocktails from Boxer Shack in Antigua taken by Regan
Eating and drinking out
Beachlimerz is a great place to go if you’re in the mood for some typical Caribbean food on the beach. Located on Fort James Beach, this restaurant is open from 11am and serves weekly specials – red bean and pigtail soup, bullfoot soup and fish soup on Saturdays and barbeque with lobster, fish, chicken and ribs on Sundays. The rest of the time a traditional Caribbean a la carte menu is served, with burgers, fresh seafood, curry chicken pizzas and saltfish-stuffed tungee balls.
If you’re craving Italian, stop by the Italian Restaurant at Harmony Hall. This eatery serves up Italian-inspired dishes which focus on fresh fish, seafood and homemade pasta prepared each day on site. Lunch is served every day whilst dinner is only served Wednesday to Saturday evenings. What really makes this restaurant special is its historical location in front of Brown’s Bay Mill which is sure to make your visit memorable.
Open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday and for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays, Boxer Shack is a great place to go to – whatever sort of food you’re in the mood for. This restaurant is located on the beach and offers a menu bursting with steaks, salads and curries, as well as traditional British roast dinners served each Sunday. There are also several sun loungers and parasols located on the beach in front of the restaurant which diners can use.