Map from Google - Barbados
Barbados, the easternmost of the West Indies, has a tropical climate
, hot and humid all year round, just cooler and therefore more pleasant from December to April, and a bit more hot and muggy from May to October. Anyway, the heat is tempered by the breezes.
The average temperature
does not vary much throughout the year: from December to April, lows are around 21/22 °C, and highs around 28/30 °C, while from May to October, lows are around 23/24 °C and highs around 30/31 °C.
Here are the average temperatures of Bridgetown.
Along the coast the annual rainfall
amounts to 1,200/1,400 millimetres, while it's slightly more abundant in inland areas (though not by much, because there are no high mountains that could force air masses to rise). In the capital Bridgetown, more than 100 millimetres of rain per month fall from June to November; the wettest period runs from September to November, with around 170/180 mm of rain per month, while the driest runs from February to April, with 35/50 mm.
Here is the average precipitation.
Average precipitation - Bridgetown
The rains, however, are quite irregular from month to month, which means that even in the rainy season, the weather may be good for entire weeks. The rains in Barbados occur especially in the form of downpour or thunderstorm, and therefore do not reduce too much the sunshine hours, which remain acceptable throughout the year, except when the island is reached by tropical storms and hurricanes
, which can bring widespread cloudiness for entire days. Hurricanes may hit the country from June to November, but are most likely from August to October, as happens in general in the Caribbean.
For swimming, the sea is warm enough all year round, as we can see from the following table.
When to go
The best time to travel to Barbados goes from February to April
, which is the least rainy of the year, but after all also December and January are acceptable, with a few more showers.
What to pack
All year round: light clothes made of cotton or linen, possibly a light sweatshirt and a light raincoat for thunderstorms; from December to March, a light sweatshirt for the evening.
For the reef, equipment for snorkeling, water shoes or rubber soled shoes.