Barbados: Weather Overview
Lying just 13° north of the equator,
Dry Season: December – June
Low rainfall and clear skies can be expected throughout the dry season. This is the most popular time to visit the island due to the absence of rain, slightly lower temperatures and lower humidity. The average high temperature is at 28°C for most of the season with average lows sitting at 23°C. The low humidity levels of the dry season help to keep the heat enjoyable rather than sticky and uncomfortable. The northeast trade winds also provide a cooling breeze. The water temperature gets down to around 26°C which is still more than warm enough for the endless swimming, snorkelling and windsurfing you’ll be tempted to partake in. The sun comes out for nine hour a day on average but the odd day will see a haze high in the sky. Rainfall is exceptionally low for a tropical island between February and April while in December, January and May you’re bound to see a few showers. These are brief so would not hinder you for long. They can also bring momentary respite from the heat.
Sunset over the beach in Barbados.
Wet Season: July – November
Frequent rain and the chance of hurricanes are what put people off from visiting during the wet season, but it still has a lot to offer. The average high temperature sneaks up to 29°C and the average low follows to 24°C. While this is a minute difference the slight increase in humidity makes it feel like quite the change. High humidity takes some getting used to; visitors will relish their air-conditioning. The sea temperature gets up to a bath-like 28°C. The likelihood of being hit by a hurricane is very low, but is at its highest in August and September. Before travelling to this area during the wet season a check on hurricane activity in the area is a must. Hurricanes passing nearby will also drastically affect weather on the island, causing tremendous storms with ferocious wind speeds and deluges of rain. Flash flooding and a disruption of transport are regular effects of a bad storm. Hurricanes or not, rainfall is high during the wet season. Storms are generally very heavy but very brief and so days full of sunshine are still to be had; the wet season only sees one hour less of sunshine per day on average in comparison to the dry season.
Bottom Bay, Barbados.
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Barbados is an independent island nation situated near the point at which the western Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea, about 250 miles north-east off the South American mainland. The name