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Jamaica Climate & Weather

Jamaica Climate and Weather


Jamaica's climate is tropical with constant warm to hot temperatures all year round, though cooler in the higher, central areas. On the coast temperatures range from 72°F (22°C) and 88°F (31°C). Mornings and evenings are slightly chillier in the winter months but Jamaica is hot year-round. The wettest months are between May and November, when short sharp showers can be expected. The heaviest rains occur in September and October and the hurricane season runs from June to November; however, despite the powerful Hurricane Ivan of September 2004, relatively few hurricanes touch Jamaica. The country is also in the earthquake zone. There are variations in climate according to region; for instance, the east coast receives substantially more rain than the rest of the country, and the south coast far less.

Due to its tropical climate Jamaica is a popular destination all year, but the best time to visit is between mid-December and mid-April, which is the peak tourist season. If you are travelling on a budget or want to avoid the crowds consider visiting in the rainy season which has its own charms.


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Shenita has travelled extensively and has visited more than 40 percent of the Caribbean. Jamaica, particularly Negril, is one of her favourite destinations: her home away from home! She tries to visit at least once a year.

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