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Best time to visit Jamaica

The best time to visit Jamaica is during the winter dry season from December to April, when temperatures average 26°C (79°F) rising to an average high of 29°C (84°F) in April.

Renowned for balmy tropical weather, Jamaica is a popular year-round destination with average coastal temperatures ranging between 22°C (72°F) and 31°C (88°F) over the year.


Jamaica weather

The north coast resorts, such as Montego Bay are best between January and March.

Temperatures vary with altitude: the Blue Mountains average 18°C (64°F).

Intermittent rain showers may occur at any time in Jamaica, which is prone to hurricanes between June and November with August and September the peak months.

The north coast sees slightly higher rainfall than the southern coast, which is sheltered from rain by the island's mountains.

The wettest months are between May and October, when temperatures reach an average high of 31°C (88°F) in July and August. Rain generally falls in short tropical downpours clearing quickly.

Seawater temperatures range from 27°C (81°F) in winter (December to April) to 29°C (84°F) in summer (June to November).


Seasons

High Season: Early-December to mid-April. Jamaica is also a popular spring-break destination for holidaying students from the USA – expect beach parties and music events from March and into mid-April

Low season: Mid-April to early-December offers fewer crowds and great bargains, with hotel rates often slashed from 20 to 60 per cent.


Jamaica – Monthly Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave Temp (°C) 25 25 25 26 27 27 28 28 27 27 26 26
Ave High Temp (°C) 27 27 28 29 30 30 31 31 31 30 29 28
Ave Low Temp (°C) 22 22 22 23 23 24 25 25 24 24 23 22
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 9 9 9 10 10 10 11 10 10 8 8 9
Daylight (Hrs daily) 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Comfort Level Moderately hot icon Moderately hot 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 High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon
Ave Humidity (%) 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 85 85 80
UV Index 9 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 9 8
Days with some Rain 8 6 6 7 12 13 13 13 14 16 11 9
Ave Rainfall (mm) 60 40 50 60 140 130 70 130 150 180 130 90
Sea Temp (°C) 27 27 27 27 28 28 29 29 29 29 29 28
(Montego Bay, Jamaica) 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), with additional historical climate data sourced from the Bahamas Meteorology Department.


Latest update: Best time to visit Jamaica: 16 March, 2020


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