Best time to visit Jamaica

Jamaica is a large, mountainous tropical island that lies to the south of Cuba and west of Haiti. Its Blue Mountains tower up to 2,700m (7,500 ft) and their northern slopes get substantial rainfall all year.

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Below are the temperatures expected today at popular destinations in Jamaica. Select a destination to compare today's forecast with average weather conditions.

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When is the best time to visit Jamaica?

The best time to visit Jamaica (Montego Bay) is February based on the following average weather conditions.

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  • 29°C maximum daytime temperature in January in Jamaica (Montego Bay)29
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  • 29°C maximum daytime temperature in February in Jamaica (Montego Bay)29
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  • 30°C maximum daytime temperature in March in Jamaica (Montego Bay)30
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  • 30°C maximum daytime temperature in April in Jamaica (Montego Bay)30
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  • 30°C maximum daytime temperature in May in Jamaica (Montego Bay)30
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  • 31°C maximum daytime temperature in June in Jamaica (Montego Bay)31
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  • 32°C maximum daytime temperature in July in Jamaica (Montego Bay)32
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  • 32°C maximum daytime temperature in August in Jamaica (Montego Bay)32
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  • 31°C maximum daytime temperature in September in Jamaica (Montego Bay)31
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  • 31°C maximum daytime temperature in October in Jamaica (Montego Bay)31
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  • 30°C maximum daytime temperature in November in Jamaica (Montego Bay)30
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  • 29°C maximum daytime temperature in December in Jamaica (Montego Bay)29
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The weather guide for Jamaica (Montego Bay) shows long term weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia) & today's weather forecast provided by meteoblue. Find out more about our data sources.

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Jamaica weather overview

Jamaica's sheltered south coast and the popular tourist resorts of the north coast are much dryer. Most rain falls between May and October and there is the risk of a passing hurricane during the latter part of this period.

Temperatures are consistently hot with an average of 8 hours of daily sunshine throughout the year and sea breezes help to counter the effects of heat and humidity.

What to pack for Jamaica weather

Take light clothing of natural fibre to keep your cool in the moist heat, and take warmer cover-ups for the winter evenings and trips to higher ground.

Which is the hottest month in Jamaica?

The hottest time of year in Montego Bay, Jamaica is normally August. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 32°C with very high heat and humidity.

Which month has the most rain in Jamaica?

In terms of rainfall, October is usually the wettest month in Montego Bay, Jamaica with 166mm on average. There are normally 16 days in October with some rain.

When is it sunniest in Jamaica?

The sunniest time of year in Montego Bay, Jamaica is normally April with bright sunshine on average for 66% of daylight hours; that's 8 hours of sunshine per day.

When is the sea warmest in Jamaica?

The sea is usually at its warmest in Montego Bay, Jamaica in September when the water temperature reaches 29°C.

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