11 Mar 2013Blog

Barbados weather

by Summer

We think Barbados is THE perfect place to holiday, and for that matter LIVE! After all, Barbados only has two ‘seasons’; wet and dry!

The wet season otherwise known as the hurricane season runs from June 1st until November 30th each year, and the dry season runs December 1st until May 31st.

If you’ve never been to Barbados, you might be wondering what you can expect from a typical day while holidaying here. For starters, there will be lots of warm sunshine and beautiful beaches! There’s an average of 12 hours of daylight per day, which translates to about 9 hours of actual sunshine and tanning hours!

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Even in our wet season, you can easily soak up five hours or more of sunshine. Of course there are days when all it does is rain, but those are few and far between. 🙂 Keep in mind that the most rain typically falls in the months of October and November, with an average of 16 days getting some kind of rainfall during these months.

Photo credit Newformula

We thought it might be fun to put together a few mind bending Barbados weather facts for you. So read on, enjoy, and have a laugh or two!

Some fun facts about our Barbados weather in 2012:

Hottest day: July 22nd, it was a scorching 32°C
Hottest month: September saw an average temperature of 30°C
Longest stretch of days with constant sunshine: October 19th to November 7th
Coldest day: December 15th with a low of 21°C (Funny isn’t it?)
Coldest month: February with an average cold temperature of 24°C (Brrrr)

photo credit bille2011

Of course these temperatures are based on what happened at Grantley Adams International Airport, but quite a lot of local weather fanatics set up their own private weather stations, and collect data. These folks have found both colder and hotter temperatures in Barbados throughout the year.

Check out the average length of a Barbados day each month:

(Data recorded between 1981 and 2010 by the Barbados Met Office)

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Some HISTORICAL weather facts:

Month with most rainfall: November, 1991 saw a total of 513.9 mm (over 20 inches!)
Month with the least rainfall: February, 2010 only 3.6 mm
Month with the lowest temperature recorded: January 2nd, 1984 was a “chilly” 16.5 C
Month with the highest temperature recorded: September, 2005 was a steamy 33.1 C

Now that you know just about all there is to know about Barbados weather, why not start planning your next Bajan holiday?

Life is nothing without a sunny day, a beautiful beach and a cold beer — unknown

Thanks to BillE2011 and newformula for their photo contributions to this blog post…