The Jamaica weather is general hot and makes it ideal for vacationers visiting the island for a great sun-tan and warm seas. There is always a light breeze blowing with occassional light showers which make the days quite quite humid. Despite the change in the weather many can seek the solace of the poolside, the cool caribbean waters, or the comfort of their air-conditioned rooms. Most upscale hotels will provide their guests with forecast of the weather each morning making it possible to plan one's day.
One of Jamaica's greatest allures is its idyllic tropical maritime climate (English playwright and entertainer, Noel Coward, called his adopted home 'Dr Jamaica). Seasons in Jamaica are virtually nonexistent, but weather pattern can change quickly, especially during hurricane season.
There are two weather hotlines visitors can call in Jamaica for up to moment forecast (876-924-0760 for
north coast weather information, or (876)-924-8055 for the weather forecast on the south coast.
Jamaica Weather :: Temperatures in Jamaica
Coastal temperatures average a near -constant 80 degrees to 86 degree F
year-round. Temperatures fall steadily with increasing altitude for even
in the Blue Mountains average 65 degree F or more. Monthly temperatures
vary less than 6 degree F, with February and March usually the coolest by warm
trade winds - known as 'doctor breeze'. A less noticeable nocturnal
offshore breezed is known locally as 'the undertaker'. Cool 'northers' can
also blow December to March, when cold fronts that bring freezing conditions to
Florida can affect Jamaica (on extreme occasions, temperatures may drop near 50
Jamaica Weather :: Rainfall in Jamaica
Annual rainfall averages 78 inches, but there are considerable variations
nationwide, with the eastern (or windward) coast receiving considerably more
rain than elsewhere on the island. Parts of the John Crow and Blue
Mountains receive an average of 300 inches a year (Bowden Pen, in the upper Rio
Grande Valley, holds the record with 496 inches in 1959-60).
A 'rainy season' begins in May or June and extends through November or
December, with the heaviest rains in September and October, Rain can fall at any
time of the year, however, and normally comes in short heavy showers, often
followed by sun.
By contrast, the south coast sees little rain and in places is semi barren.
The Treasure Beach Area is particularly dry and can even experience drought in
some years, as in 1994, when a drought afflicted the entire island.
Humidity is relatively high year-round, ranging from 63% to 73% in Kingston
and 71% to 77% in Montego Bay.
Jamaica Weather :: Hurricane Season in Jamaica
Although Jamaica lies in the Caribbean 'hurricane belt', relatively few touch
Jamaica. The last great storm to hit the island was Hurricane Gilbert,
which roared ashore in 1988, causing immense damage and killing 45 people.
The two giant storms of 1998 - Hurricanes George and Mitch - were both near
Officially the hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30; August and
September are peak months. (All the hurricanes that have struck Jamaica
this century have done so before mid-September). A traditional rhyme is
'June too son, July stand by, August prepare you must, September remember,
October all over'
Jamaica Weather:: Forecast :: Hurricanes
Caribbean hurricanes originate off the coast of Africa, forming as winds rush
toward a lower pressure area and begin to swirl around it due to the rotational
force of the earth's spin. They move counterclockwise across the Atlantic,
fed by warm winds and moisture, building up force in their 2000 mile run toward
On the islands, the first stage of a hurricane's approach is called a
'tropical disturbance.' The next stage is a 'tropical depression.' When
winds exceed 40mph, the system is upgraded to a 'tropical storm' and is usually
accompanied by heavy rains. The storm becomes a hurricane if winds exceed
74mph and intensifies around and eye (a center of calm).
Hurricanes can range from 50 miles in diameter to devastating giants more
than 100 miles across. Their energy is prodigious - far more than the
mightiest thermonuclear explosions.