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What is Barbados weather like? This all-important question about the climate in Barbados tops the list when selecting a Barbados vacation, and rightfully so, so let’s jump to it.
The Barbados climate is very favorable. Yes, it does rain in Barbados and it is quite normal to get isolated showers in the middle of a hot sunny day.
Here’s the thing – the sky can become overcast in just a matter of minutes and can disappear just as quickly, as if it never really happened.
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This is Dover Beach on Barbados' South Coast. Most beaches in Barbados are shaded and that's a good thing. In Barbados you can tan rather quickly, so sunscreen is highly recommended.
It is hot in Barbados all year round. The average daily temperature in Barbados between January and December is about 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
Temperatures rarely rise above 88 degrees Fahrenheit, and the evening temperatures in Barbados tend to be cooler during the winter months at a pleasant 73-74 degrees Fahrenheit.
Average sunrise times during the winter months are around 06:00 a.m. and 05:30 a.m. during the summer months. Average sunset times during the winter months are around 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. during the summer months.
They take full advantage of the gorgeous beaches, of course. Contrary to popular belief, the ocean waters are not warm but comfortably cool, and so create the perfect balance with the hot temperatures. Ocean waters are about 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
This is Heron Bay on Barbados' West Coast. Waters are calm and ideal for families traveling with kids.
If you want to take advantage of the best weather in Barbados, travel between late November and May.
When factoring in the Barbados climate, cheap airfares, and best hotel rates, I would recommend traveling from November 15 to December 15, and April 15 through May 31.
The official Barbados tourist season officially kicks off on December 15 and lasts through April 14.
For that reason, your chances of experiencing more precipitation are higher during this period. Bear in mind that this is also the slow season in the Barbados tourism industry and a great time to get good hotels deals.
Barbados is the most easterly of the Caribbean islands and is located in the hurricane belt. Yet somehow, this tiny little gem of an island has managed to dodge hurricanes.
It seems that being as flat as a pancake does come with its share of advantages after all, or maybe it is because of the island’s geographic location, which is southeast. That said, the island has not experienced a major hurricane since Hurricane Janet in 1955. There is even a local saying God is Barbadian.
Approximately 100 tropical waves originate in Africa but only a handful develop into tropical depressions. This happens when a group of thunderstorms bands together for an extended period of time with steady central winds of about 23-39 miles per hour.
When the wind speed in the center picks up to about 40 miles per hour or more and the pressure drops, it becomes a tropical storm.
As the pressure continues to drop and the wind speed reaches a steady 74 miles per hour, the storm develops into a hurricane with categories ranging from 1 to 5.
Many hurricanes are down-graded to tropical storms by the time they hit Barbados, and the island might experience some residual inclement weather like strong gusty winds and rain.
The general path of hurricanes is northwest and for this reason, they always seem to bypass the island, which lies southeast. This trail is dependent on several factors – the tropical system’s location when it develops, the strength of the system and how quickly it intensifies, along with other atmospheric factors.
I hope I have answered all of your questions about Barbados weather and the best time to go to the island. Now it's time to starting looking for those cheap airfares and great places to stay.
Or, even better, have you ever visited Barbados when the weather was really terrible? What did you end up doing? Was it something really fun?
I'll go first..
It was my first time visiting Barbados in the month of September. The kids were back in school, the fares were low (awesome, actually!), and historically, it was the wettest month of the year!
This one day in particular, the sky was pitch black and it was raining cats and dogs. I was driving around with my 4-year old and I was scrambling to find a game plan. Things were not looking good.
As luck would have it, I was in the Historic District, near the Barbados Museum, and it was there that I stumbled upon the George Washington House. I had heard of it but had never ventured inside. This would be analogous to a New Yorker having never visited the world-famous Empire State Building, if you know what I mean.
Anyway, we watched a very informative 20-minute video and then went on a guided tour of the house. I'll talk about more of this later, but that day turned out to be one of the best vacation days ever!
Little did I know that the tour of the George Washington House would pave the way for an adventure in South Carolina!
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