Barbados Weather… As the Bajans say: Hot As Ass!
The island is close to the tropics, so it gets dark at about 5.30pm during the winter.
In June, it is light until gone 7pm. Most people start the day early and get up at first light…
And the best thing about Barbados weather? There’s an average of about nine hours of sunshine a day. Lovely.
Hurricanes Hardly Happen
Barbados weather: The Bajan expression “June to soon, October all over,” neatly sums up the hurricane season. Barbados has been lucky in recent years and avoided most hurricanes.
The last hurricane to hit the island was in 1955. Hurricane Janet killed 38 people and caused US$5m damage, but across the Caribbean and Central America more than 1,000 people perished. Nowadays, there’s plenty of warning and room in the shelter.
Hurricane Tomas hit the Lesser Antilles in October 2010. In St Lucia, 14 people died. No deaths in Barbados, where it was downgraded to a tropical storm, but damage was estimated at US$8.5m.
The dry season is from January to June, although there is still the chance of showers. These clear quickly and cool the air. Known locally as liquid sunshine…
Historically, the wettest month is November. The hottest are July, August and September. In winter you may need a light jacket or sweater for the evenings.
Temperatures seldom stray outside a range of 25 to 30 degrees Celsius (75 to 86 Fahrenheit). It can be more humid in the summer – particularly before rain. Constant sea breezes keep things cool on the coast. Elevation and shade inland help too!
Bajans call a swim a “sea bath” for a reason. Sea temperatures are between 24 and 28 degrees Celsius (75 to 82 Fahrenheit). Nice.