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Best time to visit Cuba

The best time to visit Cuba is during the winter dry season from November to April when the climate is cooler, averaging a high of 27°C (81°F), with minimal rainfall.

Cuba Weather

Cuba experiences a hot sub-tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons, moderated by northeasterly trade winds that blow year-round.

There is regional variation with the most rain falling in the mountainous regions, where it is also cooler than the coastal lowlands.

The winter dry season runs from November to April, with an average high of 26°C (78°F) and a low of 17°C (62°F) in January – the coldest month – rising to 29°C (84°F) in April.

The summer wet season lasts from May to October, with an average high of 29°C (84°F) rising to 32°C (89°F) in August, the hottest month. You can expect torrential rains with high winds around half the days in each month. October is the wettest month.

Hurricanes can occur from August to November and are most common in September and October.

Seawater temperatures average 26°C (79°F) in December rising to 30°C (86°F) in August.

Seasons

High Season: November to April
Low season: From May to October, with discounts on hotels, car rentals and tours.

Cuba – Monthly Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave Temp (°C) 21 21 23 24 26 27 27 27 27 25 24 22
Ave High Temp (°C) 25 26 27 28 30 31 31 31 31 29 27 26
Ave Low Temp (°C) 17 17 18 20 21 23 23 23 23 21 20 18
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 7 8 9 10 10 10 11 10 9 8 8 8
Daylight (Hrs daily) 11 11 12 13 13 14 13 13 12 12 11 11
Comfort Level Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Low heat & humidity icon
Ave Humidity (%) 75 74 73 72 75 77 78 78 79 80 77 75
UV Index 6 8 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 9 7 6
Days with some Rain 5 5 3 3 6 10 7 9 10 11 6 5
Ave Rainfall (mm) 65 70 45 50 100 180 105 100 145 180 90 60
Sea Temp (°C) 25 25 25 26 27 28 29 30 29 29 27 26
(Havana, Cuba) J F M A M J J A S O N D

Note: Meteorological data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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Latest update: Best time to visit Cuba: 18 November, 2018


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