Caribbean Weather: Annual Temperature & Rainfall

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Information on the normal weather for cities and beach towns throughout the Caribbean has been pulled together here.

The yearly temperatures and rainfall given in the table below allow you to compare the climate for places on two dozen islands. The annual averages are based on historical weather records.

These temperatures are in °F. You can also view the temperatures in °C.

Temperature

Temperatures along Caribbean island shores are remarkably steady year round. Over the year, the daytime high on a beach varies by only a few degrees.

Similarly, ocean temperatures don't change much from month to month or place to place. Year round, the Caribbean waters average 81 degrees Fahrenheit, an inviting temperature for swimming.

Rain

The amount of rain that falls in the Caribbean varies immensely from island to island, from coast to coast and from beach to mountain top.

It rains most in the mountains. The Blue Mountains of Jamaica get over 200 inches annually, while Kingston on the coast gets just one-sixth that amount.

The rainfall pattern on Martinique is similar. Mount Pelee receives six times as much rain as does Presqu'ile de la Caravelle, nearby on the east coast. On Mont Pelée it rains about 12 feet a year.

Overall, the driest islands are the Netherland Antilles of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire. Rain falls most frequently and heavily on some of the eastern islands, particularly Dominica, Martinique and St. Lucia.

Caribbean weather: annual average daily temperature and total rainfall
Temperature °F Island Place Total Rainfall
High Low Inches Days
85 75 Antigua St John's   41.4 127
89 78 Aruba Beatrix Airport   16.1   62
87 78 Bonaire Flamingo Airport   18.2   67
84 69 Bahamas Nassau   54.7 140
85 73 Barbados Bridgetown   24.3 133
90 70 Cayman Islands   56.5 172
84 71 Cuba Havana   46.8   80
88 78 Curaçao Hato Airport   21.8   70
85 84 Dominica Melville Hall Airport 101.4     –
85 74 Dominican Republic Punta Cana   43.4 113
87 72 Guadeloupe Pointe-a-Pitre   70.0 176
89 73 Jamaica Kingston   32.0   93
85 73 Martinique Lamentin   79.9 206
87 75 Puerto Rico San Juan   56.4 199
85 78 Saba The Bottom   29.9   86
86 76 St. Barthelemy Gustavia   40.5 132
86 75 St. Croix (US VI) Christiansted   37.3 167
86 75 St. Eustatius Oranjestad   38.8 125
85 73 St. John (US VI) Cruz Bay   43.9 180
85 76 St. Kitts Basseterre   30.4 139
86 76 St. Lucia Vieux Fort   55.1 208
87 77 St. Maarten Princess Juliana AP   41.2 142
88 76 St. Thomas (US VI) Charlotte Amalie   39.3 168
89 72 Trinidad Port of Spain   55.4 166
87 74 Tobago Scarborough   59.2 142
References

NOAA. Ocean Climate Laboratory. World Ocean Atlas 2009.

Rainfall and temperature data come from each island's meteorological organization.

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