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Bureau of Meteorology

Barbados Weather

Barbados Weather

Overview of Weather Types, Data, and Seasons in Barbados:

  1. Climate Type:

    • Tropical Maritime Climate: Barbados has a tropical maritime climate, characterized by warm temperatures and relatively consistent weather throughout the year.
  2. Temperature:

    • Year-Round Warmth: Barbados experiences warm temperatures throughout the year. Daytime temperatures typically range from 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F), providing a pleasant climate for visitors.
  3. Seasons:

    • Dry Season (December to May): Barbados has a distinct dry season characterized by lower rainfall. This period is popular for tourism, with sunny and warm weather. Average temperatures during this season range from 21°C to 31°C (70°F to 88°F).

    • Wet Season (June to November): The wet season sees an increase in rainfall, but it is not characterized by prolonged heavy rains. Tropical storms and hurricanes can occasionally impact the island during this period. Average temperatures range from 23°C to 31°C (73°F to 88°F).

  4. Hurricane Season:

    • June to November: Barbados falls within the Atlantic hurricane basin. While hurricanes are relatively rare, the island can be affected by tropical storms or hurricanes during the hurricane season. Adequate preparations are made to mitigate potential impacts.
  5. Trade Winds:

    • Constant Breezes: The northeast trade winds provide a constant breeze, making the climate more comfortable, especially along the coasts. These trade winds contribute to the island's popularity for water sports like windsurfing and kiteboarding.
  6. Humidity:

    • Moderate Humidity: Barbados experiences moderate humidity levels. While it can be humid, especially during the wet season, the constant breezes help alleviate the discomfort associated with high humidity.
  7. Tourist Seasons:

    • High Tourist Season (December to April): The dry season attracts a higher number of tourists seeking sunny and pleasant weather. Accommodations and attractions may be more crowded during this period.

    • Low Tourist Season (May to November): The wet season sees fewer tourists, and accommodations may offer lower rates. However, some visitors appreciate the lush landscapes and occasional rain showers during this time.

  8. Festivals:

    • Crop Over Festival: The Crop Over Festival, Barbados' largest and most popular festival, takes place during the summer months. It features colorful parades, cultural events, and celebrations.
  9. Beach Activities:

    • Year-Round Beach Enjoyment: Barbados offers year-round opportunities for beach activities, including swimming, snorkeling, and diving. The calm Caribbean Sea on the west coast is ideal for water sports.
  10. Water Temperatures:

    • Consistent Warm Waters: The waters surrounding Barbados remain consistently warm throughout the year, making it suitable for various water activities.

Barbados' climate makes it an attractive destination for those seeking a tropical getaway with sunny weather and beautiful beaches. Travelers should be aware of the hurricane season and monitor weather updates if visiting during this period.

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