Havana Average Monthly Temperature & Climate
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|Avg. Rain Days||3||1||3||3||4||7||6||7||7||6||4||3|
Note: Temperature is in Degree Celsius.
The Caribbean has a warm tropical climate with two distinct seasons. The best time to visit is from December to May, when you can expect dry, sunny days and plenty of blue skies. The wet season begins in June and, previously, visitors would have avoided travel entirely between August and October, when there is also a risk of hurricanes. However, as interest in visiting the Caribbean (particularly Cuba) has increased, the subsequent pressure on hotel availability means many are now prepared to run the risk of unpredictable weather to see the area sooner rather than later, and visiting in low season will still be an atmospheric experience, especially with the increasing focus on ecotourism of which the islands are home to a vast selection of both nature and scientific reserves.
The summers in the Caribbean are from June to August. These are the hottest months and some people (including the locals!) find the heat quite intense. Temperatures rise to 38 Celsius (100 Fahrenheit) on the Eastern side of the island, which when coupled with high humidity, can be quite unpleasant. On the other hand, summer is one of the most festive times of the year with carnival held in many cities, and festivals on throughout the islands. This is also holiday time for the locals so there are many social occasions.
Summer is also a tourist high season because it coincides with the holiday season in Europe. Hotels, flights, and tours can often be booked out well ahead of time, and prices can be higher than during other times of the year.
The Caribbean’s high tourist season is typically during its drier season from December through mid-April. Temperatures average 69.8 °F (21 degrees Celsius) in January. Needless to say, rental prices are a little higher during the winter and spring, and since it’s high season, there are generally more crowds than other times during the year. In the end, it’s all worth it.
Keep in mind that weather on the islands can get cool at night during December, January, and February so be sure to pack a sweatshirt, sweater, or light jacket for your trip.
The official hurricane season in the Caribbean runs from June through November, with more rain occurring during these months due to tropical storm activity. However, according to the NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association), Cuba experiences the lowest frequency of hurricanes and tropical storms than other parts of the Caribbean.
It’s also worth noting that most Caribbean Islands have highly developed disaster preparedness and civil defence networks for evacuations. We always suggest that you check the local Caribbean weather forecast when packing for your trip.