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The climate of Jamaica: when to go to Jamaica

The climate of Jamaica is tropical hot and influenced by the sea and north-east trade winds. Along the coast of the island, temperatures vary between 22 ° C and 31 ° C, they drop slightly inland in relation to height, but a few degrees. The Jamaican climate often has constantly high temperatures, at sea level the average maximum temperatures never drop below 30 ° C.

The rainiest and more humid months are those between May and October, but it can rain all year, between June and November also hurricanes may occur. The hurricanes that hit the island are often very violent, generally come from the east or south-east.

The annual average rainfall is 2,100 mm, but in the north-eastern areas they also reach 3,300 mm. In the mountain slopes near Port Antonio there are average rainfall values that exceed 6,000 mm per year. The driest areas of the island are the southern coast, where the capital Kingston is located, and the northwestern coast between Montego Bay and Discovery Bay. The capital Kingston receives around 750 mm of rain per year.

The sea water temperature of Jamaica varies from 26 ° C in the months of January, February and March, and 29 ° C during the months of July and August.


The best period for a trip to Jamaica are the driest months between December and April.


Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 22,3 29,8 18
February 22,3 29,6 16
March 22,9 29,8 14
April 22,6 30,3 27
May 24,7 30,8 100
June 25,3 31,2 83
July 25,6 31,7 40
August 25,3 31,9 81
September 25,3 31,7 107
October 24,8 31,3 167
November 24,1 31,1 61
December 23,1 30,5 31
YEAR 24,0 30,8 745

Month Sea Water Temperature °C
January 26
February 26
March 26
April 27
May 27
June 28
July 29
August 29
September 28
October 28
November 27
December 27

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