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

Havana, Cuba downtown skyline.
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In Cuba, average temperatures are in the 70s and 80s F throughout the year, making it a perfect escape from long harsh winters further north. Even Cuban winters are warm with temperatures rarely dipping below 60. Rainy season is from April through November. Rains tend to be heaviest in June and October. Cuba receives an average of just over 50 inches of rainfall a year. December through April is Cuba’s dry season and when you’ll find its most pleasant weather.

Fast Climate Facts

  • Hottest Month: August, 90 F / 32 C
  • Coldest Month: January, 66 F / 18 C
  • Wettest Month: June, 6.5 inches
  • Most Humid Month: October, 80 percent

Spring in Cuba

March and April can be pleasant times to travel in Cuba with average temperatures in the 70s in Havana. It can begin to feel muggy in late April. Rain becomes more likely in May in Pinar del Rio, a region of western Cuba that includes the tourist town of Vinales.

What to pack: Temperatures won’t be sweltering just yet but do pack for the heat. You’ll want to fill your suitcase with shorts, sleeveless tops, light dresses, and linen trousers. Don’t forget a swimsuit, sunglasses, sunscreen and mosquito repellant, especially if you’re traveling from April and May when mosquito activity is above average.

Average Temperatures by Month

March: 81 F / 63 F (27 C / 17 C)

April: 85 F / 67 F (29 C / 19 C)

May: 86 F / 70 F (30 C / 21 C)

Summer in Cuba

While it feels like summer all year long in Cuba, the Cuban summer stretches from June through August. These months are Cuba’s hottest. Humidity peaks in July and August, making it a far stickier than usual time to visit. If 80 and 90 degree days aren’t your idea of the perfect vacation, wait until fall or winter to visit Cuba.

What to pack: This is when Cuba is at its hottest. Lightweight, breathable clothing is a must. This is Cuba’s rainy season, and June is one of Cuba’s rainiest months though a drizzle is more likely than a torrential downpour. Bring a light rain jacket or a small umbrella.

Average Temperatures by Month

June: 87 F / 72 F (31 C / 22 C)

July: 88 F / 73 F (31 C / 22 C)

August: 88 F / 73 F (31 C / 22 C)

Fall in Cuba

Temperatures begin to cool in September, and September and October fall within Cuba’s rainy season. Still, there’s no need to worry about monsoon-like conditions. Even during its rainiest months, Cuba sees fewer than a dozen rainy days. Mosquitos are active.

What to pack: The calendar may say fall, but it’s still summer in Cuba. Bring your summer wardrobe, mosquito repellant, and a light jacket or plastic poncho.

Average Temperatures by Month

September: 88 F / 75 F (31 C / 24 C)

October: 84 F / 73 F (29 C / 23 C)

November: 82 F / 70 F (28 C / 21 C)

Winter in Cuba

December through February are Cuba’s coldest months but don’t expect it to feel like winter anywhere in Cuba. Lows can dip into the 60s, but daytime temperatures in the 70s are the norm. Winter days are long with nearly 11 hours of daylight even in December. Snow and ice are nowhere to be found.

What to pack: Winter is idyllic in Cuba. Bring your most comfortable summer clothes and leave the mosquito repellant and umbrellas at home.

Average Temperatures by Month

December: 81 F / 68 F (27 C / 20 C)

January: 79 F / 66 F (26 C / 19 C)

February: 79 F / 66 F (26 C / 19 C)

Hurricane Season in Cuba

Hurricane season officially starts on June 1 and ends on Nov. 30, but storms are rare in June and July. Chances of a hurricane in the Caribbean peak in August and September. Historically, hurricanes have been rare in Cuba. When they have occurred, hurricanes have mostly impacted Cuba’s southern coast, far from frequently visited areas including Havana, Vinales, and Varadero.

Tornados in Cuba

Tornados are unpredictable but rare in Cuba. The last major tornado in Cuba was in January 2019. The tornado ripped through Havana killing six people and leaving more than 100 injured and was the most severe the country had seen since in more than 80 years.

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