Weather in Barbados: Climate, Seasons, and Average Monthly Temperature

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Barbados is famous for its beautiful weather, boasting more than 3,000 hours of sunshine on average each year. The island also exists outside the Caribbean's hurricane belt, so you're less likely to deal with foul weather on your tropical vacation in paradise—which, of course, makes the island especially appealing for travelers looking to avoid rainy days at the beach. Though it's unlikely you will encounter any severe storms, the weather does vary monthly throughout the year, and June through November is the wet season. Read on to learn how the average temperature and climate in Barbados fluctuate from month to month, so you know when to visit and what you should pack for your next Bajan vacation.

Fast Climate Facts

  • Hottest Month: August (81 F/ 27 C)
  • Coldest Month: February (79 F / 26 C)
  • Wettest Month: October, 7.3 inches
  • Windiest Month: July
  • Most Humid Month: November, 83 percent
  • Best Month for Swimming: September (85 F / 29 C)

Spring in Barbados

Spring is an ideal time to visit Barbados, as the weather is sunny and dry, and the beaches and hotels are less crowded with tourists. The peak tourist season is in the wintertime, so once the last of the spring break revelers have departed in April, prices on the island drop accordingly. Spring is the driest season, with an average of eight days of rainfall in March, April, and May, and March is the month with the lowest relative humidity.

What to pack: Swimsuit, sunblock, a light scarf for the evening; raincoat in case of passing showers (though it is the driest season of the year)

Average Temperatures by Month:

  • March: 85 F (30 C) / 74 F (23 C)
  • April: 86 F (30 C) / 75 F (23 C)
  • May: 87 F (31 C) / 77 F (25 C)

Summer in Barbados

Summer can also be a great time to visit Barbados, as the trade winds keep the temperature consistent on the island all year-round. The average high temperature in June through August is 87 F (25 C), with an average low temperature of 77 F (25 C). June is the beginning of the rainy season, and the chance of precipitation increases from June (averaging 4.1 inches of rainfall) to July (averaging 5.2 inches) and then August (averaging 5.6 inches). Still, the showers quickly pass, and it is not as rainy as the coming fall season, so travelers should still expect plenty of sunny days. The summertime is also an excellent time to visit the island for its events and festivals. Visitors should check the festivity calendar associated with the famous Crop Over festival, an annual event that takes place during the summer months and is not to be missed.

What to Pack: Sunblock and hat, swimsuit and sandals, rain jacket, breathable clothing to combat humidity

Average Temperatures by Month:

  • June: 87 F (31 C) / 77 F (25 C)
  • July: 87 F (30 C) / 77 F (25 C)
  • August: 87 F ( 31 C) / 77 F (25 C)

Fall in Barbados

Fall is peak wet season in Barbados, and travelers should prepare to pack raingear, especially if they are visiting in October. October is the month with the highest chance of precipitation, accounting for 16 rainy days on average, and 7.3 inches of rainfall. November is also the month with the highest relative humidity at 83 percent. There are upsides; however, as September is the best month for swimming, with an average sea temperature of 84.9 F. During the beginning of the fall. It is also possible to score good travel deals in the fall, as it is not yet the busiest tourist season on the island.

What to Pack: Hat, sunblock, swimwear, light-weight, breathable clothing to minimize the impact of humidity

Average Temperatures by Month:

  • September: 87 F (31 C) / 76 F (25 C)
  • October: 87 F (30 C) / 76 F (25 C)
  • November: 86 F( 30 C) / 76 F ( 24 C)

Winter in Barbados

Winter is the most popular season for visitors to travel to Barbados. Though it is the coldest season of the year on the island, the weather remains sunny and bright, with average temperatures of 85 F (29 C) in December, and 84 F (29 C) in February and March. The lowest average sea temperature for swimming is also in February and March, though with an average temperature of 80.8 F, it is still plenty lovely for travelers to take a dip in the sea. Since winter is the most popular season for visitors, travelers looking to visit Barbados in December, January, or February, should plan to book in advance to avoid paying a premium for flights or hotel rooms. Visitors traveling to Barbados during the holiday season should look into the annual events and festivals held on the island each year that are available to locals and tourists alike.

What to Pack: Sunblock, bathing suit, light-weight clothing, a light sweater or jacket for evenings

Average Temperatures by Month:

  • December: 85 F (29 C) / 75 F (24 C)
  • January: 84 F (29 C) / 73 F (23 C)
  • February: 84 F (29 C) / 73 F (23 C)

Average Monthly Temperature, Rainfall, and Daylight Hours

  Avg. Temp. Rainfall Daylight Hours
 January 79 F (26 C) 2.8 inches 11.5 hours
 February 79 F (26 C) 1.6 inches 11.7 hours
 March 79 F (26 C) 1.5 inches 12.1 hours
 April 81 F (27 C) 2.4 inches 12.4 hours
 May 81 F (27 C) 3.1 inches 12.7 hours
 June 81 F (27 C) 4.1 inches 12.9 hours
 July 81 F (27 C) 5.2 inches 12.8 hours
 August 81 F (27 C)  6.2 inches 12.5 hours
 September 81 F (27 C) 6.2 inches 12.2 hours
 October 81 F (27 C) 7.3 inches 11.8 hours
 November 81 F (27 C) 6.8 inches 11.5 hours
 December 79 F (26 C) 3.5 inches 11.4 hours
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