Best time to visit Negril

The best time to visit Negril, Jamaica is between January and March during the winter dry season.

But anytime from mid-December to mid-April is good, when temperatures average 27°C (80°F), rising to an average high of 31°C (87°F).

Negril weather

Jamaica has a hot and humid tropical climate with two distinct wet seasons: during May and June, and from September to November.

However, you can still expect a lot of sunshine even during the wet seasons.

The relatively cooler winter dry season from November to April is generally the sunniest time of the year.

What is the best month to visit Negril?
January, February and March are the best months to visit Negril, since this is the least rainy time of year, with hot, sunny weather, mainly clear skies and good conditions for swimming.

However, anytime from mid-December to mid-April, is good to visit Negril.

Which is the hottest month in Negril, Jamaica?
The hottest month in Negril, Jamaica is usually July, when daytime temperatures average a high of 32°C (89°F) and a low of 26°C (78°F).

The hot season lasts from early-June through September, with an average daily high temperature above 31°C (87°F).

Which is the coldest month in Negril?
The coldest month in Negril is January, with an average high temperature of 31°C (87°F) and a low temperature of 22°C (71°F).

The cool season lasts from late-December to mid-April, with an average daily high temperature below 31°C (87°F).

Which is the sunniest month in Negril?
The sunniest month of the year in Negril is usually April, with eight hours of bright sunshine per day; that's an average of 67% of daylight hours.

What is the humidity in Negril?
Negril experiences little seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 80% – 85% over the course of the year. Typically, it's humid all year round.

What do the humidity conditions feel like in Negril?
We derive the humidity comfort level – what conditions feel like – from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the atmosphere: a higher dew point feels more humid, while a lower dew point feels drier.

Meteorologists agree that dew point temperature is a more consistant indication of 'absolute humidity' than relative humidity, which fluctuates with temperature. 

The average annual dew point in Negril is 23°C (73°F), and varies over the course of the year from humid at 21°C (70°F) to muggy at 24°C (75°F). 

The month with the fewest number of muggy days is February, with around 26 days that are muggy.

When is the sea warmest in Negril?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Negril in September when the water temperature reaches 29°C (84°F), which is pleasant for long swims.

The sea is warm enough for swimming year round in Negril.

Which month has the most rain in Negril?
Rain falls throughout the year in Negril. October is usually the wettest month in Negril with 132mm (5in) of rainfall on average, distributed across 14 days in October.

The wet season lasts from mid-May to mid-November, with a greater than 32% chance of any given day being a wet day. Rain generally falls in short tropical downpours clearing quickly.

The drier season lasts from mid-November to mid-May. The months with the fewest wet days in Negril are January and February, with an average of six days with some rainfall.

Which is the windiest month in Negril?
The windiest month of the year in Negril is December, with an average hourly wind speed of 21 kilometres per hour (11 knots; 13mph).

The windy part of the year lasts from early-November through to mid-March, with average wind speeds of more than 18 kilometres per hour (10 knots; 12mph).

The less-windy time of year lasts from mid-March through to early-November. The calmest month of the year in Negril is September, with an average hourly wind speed of 15 kilometres per hour (8 knots; 10mph).

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Negril is from the east throughout the year.

Is there a risk of a tropical storm in Negril?
The likelihood of a tropical storm in Negril is greatest during the wet season with a risk of around 2% in September.

Although hurricanes are infrequent around Negril, June through November marks the official Atlantic hurricane season, with August and September the peak months of concern in Jamaica.

Negril Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
29 29 30 30 30 31 32 32 31 31 30 29
Average low temperature (°C)
22 22 23 24 25 26 26 25 25 25 24 23
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
7 8 8 8 7 7 8 8 7 6 7 7
Average daily daylight (hrs)
11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Comfort level – heat
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Comfort level – humidity (#muggy days)
28 26 28 29 30 30 31 31 30 31 29 29
Average dew point temperature (°C)
21 21 21 22 23 24 24 24 24 24 23 22
Average relative humidity (%)
78 76 76 76 78 77 76 77 78 80 80 79
UV Index (max)
8 10 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 10 9 8
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
4 3 5 5 11 11 10 12 15 14 9 4
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
73 35 47 63 123 77 71 96 102 132 99 92
Average wind speed (km/h)
21 20 18 16 17 20 20 17 15 16 20 21
Average sea temperature (°C)
27 27 27 28 28 28 29 29 29 29 29 28
Negril, Jamaica

Holiday 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.

Source: Meteorological data for Negril is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020 by the Meteorological Service of Jamaica at the closest weather station: Sangster International Airport (MBJ), located 53km (32mi) east of Negril. This station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as the primary source for historical climate records, although weather conditions in Negril may vary slightly. Additional climate data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

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Latest update: Best time to visit Negril, Jamaica: 16 May, 2024

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