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British Virgin Islands Weather Overview
There is little temperature variation across the year; average highs generally sit around 30°C and average lows, occurring at night, are in the low to mid 20s. High temperatures are soothed by cooling northeast trade winds. The sea is always in the mid to high 20s – perfect for swimming and diving.
Dry Season: January – July
As might be expected, the dry season sees much lower rainfall than the wet season. However, as these are tropical islands showers are still quite frequent. They are generally heavy but brief leaving plenty of sunshine. There is a brief spike in rainfall in May but otherwise rainfall is moderate. This is the best time of year to visit the islands as it is slightly cooler, around 28°C which is made to feel cooler by lower humidity, sunnier and drier.
Wet Season: August – December
Rainfall jumps up from the beginning of the season and peaks in October and November. This time of year is not ruled out by holidaymakers as rainfall is quite brief and followed by the usual brilliant sunshine and clear blue skies. Rain also concentrates on the mountainous interiors of the islands. However, tropical rain is a serious business; there is no dilly-dallying involved; the clouds darken, the air pressure suddenly drops and sheets of rain plummet to the earth. Aside from practical annoyances heavy rainfall can cause tourists, it can also result in flash flooding, landslides and mudslides which can result in immense structural damage as well as harm to human life.
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The wet season is slightly hotter than the dry season, around 31°C and this is made uncomfortable by the high humidity.
The northeast direction of the prevailing winds and the mountainous topography of these islands mean that northeast areas and mountainsides see higher rainfall and slightly cooler temperatures than areas in the southeast. It is generally cooler at higher altitudes.
consistently high temperature, abundance of rain and nutrient rich waters of
the Gulf Stream have lead to a flourishing of underwater life. Coral reefs
thrive and are home to a great diversity of marine animals from sharks and
dolphins to turtles to glittering shoals of tropical fish. On land a huge
variety of habitats can be found from the tourist-luring white beaches to sea
grass meadows and mangrove swamps. As such the islands are not only popular
with water sport enthusiasts such as windsurfers and scuba divers, but to
nature lovers and scientists. Next to the British Virgin Islands are the U.S.
Virgin Islands and almost the whole of St. John
British Virgin Islands are a British
- Capital: Road Town
- Area: 153km2
- Population: 21,730
- Currency: Dollar (USD)