Barbados weather averages for holidays in 2017/2018

Check Barbados weather averages before you book your next holiday in 2017/2018. Today's maximum temperature in Barbados is expected to be 27°C, while the average maximum temperature in June is 31°C. The holiday weather guide shown below is for Bridgetown.

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Barbados weather averages

Check Barbados weather averages before you book your next holiday. The warmest months in Barbados are May, June and August with an average maximum temperature of 31°C. The sunniest months are January, February, April and May with on average 9 hours of bright sunshine per day. The month with the least number of days with some rain is April with 7 days. The sea is at its warmest in Barbados in September and October with an average sea temperature of 29°C. The Barbados weather averages shown below are for Bridgetown.

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Barbados weather today

Here is the weather in Barbados today, Monday 26th June 2017. Expect isolated thunderstorms in Barbados with a maximum temperature of 27°C, low levels of heat & humidity and 6 hours of bright sunshine. There are 2-5 mm of rainfall expected with 25% chance of some rain and a fresh breeze of 36 kph from the east. The weather forecast shown below is for Bridgetown.

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Barbados weather overview

Barbados weather is hot year-round with plenty of sunshine in every month even during the summer wet season. In the winter months from December to April it is a degree or two cooler and much drier, with more sunshine and less heat and humidity.

Barbados is the most easterly of the Windward Islands and can find itself in the path of hurricanes between July and November. It has some rain throughout the year but not as much as neighbouring St Lucia and Martinique.

Barbados Weather on a west coast beach © Mike Toy courtesy of Barbados Tourism Authority
Barbados Weather on a west coast beach © Mike Toy courtesy of Barbados Tourism Authority

Its wettest months are from June to November. Typically for the Caribbean, the island is consistently hot all year but temperatures are never extreme and sea breezes help to counter humidity. There is a lot to recommend Barbados as a paradise holiday destination based on its weather.

It lies to the east of the Caribbean Islands and is further south than most of the other popular destinations, which serves to keep it slightly warmer during the winter and it is more likely to stay out of harms way in the hurricane season.

The name 'Barbados' means 'bearded ones'. There is debate as to whether this refers to the indigenous inhabitants' penchant for facial hair or the beard-like fronds of the ubiquitous fig trees. The island is roughly the same size as the Isle of Wight, but with considerably more sunshine and no need for an iron will and a wetsuit to go swimming from its shores.

Hunte's Gardens, Barbados - Courtesy of Barbados Tourism Authority
Hunte's Gardens, Barbados - Courtesy of Barbados Tourism Authority

Barbados became a prosperous colony during the reign of James I with sugarcane production being its main industry until the increase of tourism in the 1980s. Flight time from the UK is 8 and a half to 9 hours, with direct flights from Manchester, Birmingham and London with BA, Virgin Atlantic or Thomson. It is a popular spot for holidaying Brits throughout the year.

Unlike many of the other Caribbean Islands Barbados is not volcanic. This means there is no great danger of unexpected rumbles, though the odd tremor can occur, but it does make the island rather flat, the highest point is only 340m above sea level.

The strongest winds come in from the east, so the east coast is where the best surfing is found, both of the classical variety and with the addition of a sail or a kite.

Crane Beach at Sunset, Barbados - Courtesy of Barbados Tourism Authority
Crane Beach at Sunset, Barbados - Courtesy of Barbados Tourism Authority

The west coast, being more sheltered and with bathtub calm waters, is where most of the smartest hotels are situated. Other than this slight variation, Barbados weather is uniform throughout the island.

Temperatures in Barbados stay fairly constant all year long and the seasons bring only a little variation. Winter temperatures during January and February average between 20°C and 29°C, hardly sweater weather; and summer temperatures are a couple of degrees higher at 23°C to 31°C.

The island is spared from feeling uncomfortably hot and sticky by a refreshing Atlantic breeze that blows all year round and cuts through the humidity like a dream. Sea temperatures are also fairly balmy, varying from 26°C in the winter to 29°C in the summer, perfect for a beach holiday in any month.

September and October can be a little cloudy compared to earlier in the year, but this is all relative as there is still likely to be an average of 7 or 8 hours of glorious, vitamin D soaked sunshine every day.

Barbados weather is not exclusively sunshine, there does tend to be a fair amount of rain between June and November, with sometimes as many as half the days having some rain.

February to April is drier, although being a tropical destination there can be spells of rain at any time of year. Luckily the warmth and the breeze means everything dries off quickly.

The sogginess of Barbados can also be influenced by the proximity of hurricanes. The island is a little far south to be in regular range of these extreme storms. Every three or four years one will roam close enough for the island to feel its wrath, but a direct hit from a hurricane happens only rarely, every twenty years or so.

The glorious Barbados weather means that it really is a lovely choice all year round, but a visit in April is likely to be especially pleasant because the sea has begun to be properly warm, and the rainy season has not yet started.

What to pack for Barbados weather

With temperatures like these light cotton clothing is in order all year round, but you would probably be thankful for an extra layer or light cover-up for chillier evenings from December to April especially if you are eating outdoors.

A rain mac might come in handy too from June to November. A note to remember is that Barbados is a fairly formal island and unlike other Caribbean destinations, it is not appropriate to sport beachwear in town, or anywhere other than the beaches really, so do bear this in mind when packing your case.

Tropical storm risk: Barbados hurricane season

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The Barbados tropical storm risk chart above shows the hurricane season for Bridgetown, Barbados.

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Barbados holiday weather averages by month

Check Barbados holiday weather averages for a particular month by selecting from the list below. Monthly weather guides include figures for temperature, rainfall, sunshine hours and sea temperature plus daily sunrise & sunset times.

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Compare Barbados weather with the USA

Below the Barbados weather chart shows maximum daytime temperature for Barbados (Bridgetown) and the USA (Washington). For more weather parameters or to change the destinations shown visit the comparison weather tool.

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