- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Dominican Republic
- Federation of St Kitts & Nevis
- Navassa Island
- Netherlands Antilles
- Puerto Rico
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- St Maarten and St Martin
- St martin
- St thomas
- St vincent
- Trinidad And Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- Turks Islands
- U.S. Virgin Islands
- Virgin Islands
- Virgin Islands (US)
Caribbean Weather Overview
is a region lying in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean and the
If you want
a moderate climate, days that are abundant with sun and sea, white sandy
beaches and a laid back approach to life then the island escapes of the
in the Caribbean is largely moderated by the
The trade winds come into play most noticeably in summer as they provide a welcome break from the scorching summer sun. Blowing in an east west direction the winds wash over the island in the afternoon cooling the region and providing a relaxing and pleasant ocean side environment keeping temperatures a few degrees lower than if the winds weren’t present.
Acting as a
3200km break that separates the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean Sea, the West Indies (these days more commonly
known as the
The weather in the remainder of the
The trade winds that blow east to west through the islands,
and the entirety of the
June through until November is Hurricane Season in the Bahamas so be sure to check the up to date weather forecasts before planning a trip to the region. Many hotels in the area offer excellent refund policies in the advent of an unexpected hurricane so try not to let the weather deter you if planning to travel in this time.
The islands basically see two seasons, summer and winter. Summer runs from May through until September and is generally fairly hot and quite muggy; this is also the rainy season in the region so the summer months are quite humid. Average yearly humidity sits at 65% but is considerably higher throughout summer.
The temperature range throughout the season is about 27 to 32 degrees, with June to September being the hottest months which see daily temperatures of 27 to 28 degrees. The previously mentioned trade winds keep the temperatures slighter cooler and it is very rare for the mercury to rise above 38 degrees.
‘Winter’ runs from October to April and plays host to the islands peak season. Apart from the final month of hurricane season (October) the weather during winter is idyllic. In addition to being slightly cooler than summer the period it is also considerably drier and the majority of the annual rainfall occurs in the summer months. The average temperature throughout winter ranges from 21 to 27 degrees, December to February being the coolest seeing daily averages of a mild 21 degrees.
Due to its location near the equator there isn’t a large variation in daily sunrise and sunset year round and the sun can often feel like it is belting down on you as it lies directly above you. While the more northern and western islands of the Bahamas remain slightly cooler than the southern islands, the islands as a whole average about 8 hours of uninterrupted sun per day and this occurs 310 days of the year- obviously the reason why in 1760 George Washington called the Bahamas the ‘islands of perpetual June.’
While the barometer can see highs in excess of 30 degrees in the height of summer and the humidity in the wet season can occasionally get uncomfortable it is welcoming to know that there is never more than a 5 degree difference between air and sea temperature so you can take refuge in the utopian crystal waters that the Bahamas are so famed for.
If venturing to the
Lies to the west of the
Many of the
larger islands in the
Within this region you will also find the picturesque
holiday resort of the Cayman Islands,
home to the popular
Hispaniola is the second-largest island of the Antilles,
lying between the islands of
Like neighbouring areas, the island as a whole experiences a
tropical maritime climate characterized by a narrow temperature range, mild dry
winters and hot wet summers. The mountainous regions in both Haiti and Dominican Republic
Republic has four main mountain ranges, with the Cordillera Central range
being the largest and home to the four highest peaks in the entirety of the
As a result of the mountain ranges in the centre of the
island, the north coast of the
Puerto Rico is the most easterly lying of the larger
The islands capital of
February and March do see the least rainfall which make these months one of the most popular times to visit. The island as a whole sees an average annual temperature of 28 degrees, and the area becomes warmer if the local winds are blowing from the south- this will have the affect of increasing the daily high by up to 5 degrees.
The south of the Caribbean is home to the Westward and
The Windward Islands are called such because when the region
was first being explored they were more windward than the Leeward Islands to
sailing ships arriving in the
The main Windward Islands are Martinique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Barbados, Grenadines, Grenada, Dominica and the main Leeward Islands are the US and British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Saint Kitts, Antigua and Barduba, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica and Saint Martin (among others).
of the primary differences between the Windward and
The Windward region basically plays host to a dual season climate- wet and dry. The wet season falls from about May/June through until December and the dry season December to May. Average temperature across the islands sits at 27-28 degrees, with temperatures in excess of 30 degrees no uncommon in the summer months, though relief is welcomed by the local trade winds which cool the islands in the afternoons.
The Windward Islands have a moderate tropical climate which varies only slightly from island to islands depending on their proximity to the South American mainland and the specific geography and topography of each island.
The Leeward Islands are home to the
Typical daily maxima sits at around 32 °C in the summer and 29 °C in the winter. Rainfall averages about 1150 mm per year, increasing in the hills and lower in the coastal regions. The wettest months on average are September to November and the driest months on average are February and March. Keep in mind that the hurricane season runs from June to November.The Leeward Islands, much like many islands within the