Rain in Barbados

Annual Rainfall in Barbados

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Located in the tropics, the weather in Barbados is generally sunny and warm during the day, with tradewinds chilling the air so fully at night that a sweater might be of use. Rain can also provide a welcome cooling affect on days when the heat is overwhelming without becoming so intense that heading indoors for an extended period of time is necessary.

The wet season runs from July to November, which is similar to the Atlantic Hurricane Season that lasts from June 1 to November 30.  During this time, the island has an average of nine hours of sunlight a day, and the sun often stays out as rain falls in quick, light bursts.  October sees the highest volume of rain, with an average of 6.7 inches falling throughout the month. 

There is a slight difference in how the rain falls depending on the time of year.  The most common style of rainfall is a light sprinkling in the middle of the afternoon when the showers are so light that umbrellas may not be necessary – especially, since the clouds pass as quickly as they've arrived leaving sunny skies behind.  

If you're visiting during hurricane season; however, you may want to consider packing an umbrella and checking the weather report at the start of each day to see if carrying it with you will be necessary.  While hurricanes are rare on the island, tropical storms during this time of year come when a hurricane is making its way through another part of the region.  These storms are a sight to be seen, darkening the skies and dropping heavy amounts of rain on the ground for an hour or more.  If you're visiting during this time of year and plan to spend most of your time outdoors, make sure to have a backup plan in mind.  Touring local museums like the Arlington House Interactive Museum, or making a rainy day the time you spend hunting for souvenirs are great alternatives to hiking through the ruins of a plantation.  

Rainfall Monthly Averages
        % Days with
Month Average
Rain Tstorm
January 2.5 6.5 0.4 70.6 0.0
February 1.8 6.8 0.4 64.1 1.0
March 1.5 2.8 0.3 57.8 0.0
April 2.1 12.0 0.2 57.1 1.0
May 2.2 8.5 0.5 64.0 1.0
June 3.5 7.4 0.3 74.6 3.0
July 5.1 13.0 1.1 76.5 3.0
August 5.8 13.2 1.4 72.5 7.0
September 5.7 14.7 2.0 68.4 9.0
October 6.7 12.3 2.2 72.5 6.0
November 5.9 12.2 1.4 73.1 4.0
December 3.9 11.0 0.9 71.4 1.0
Annual 46.7 73.0 33.2 68.6 3.0


If you want to avoid the rain as much as possible during your getaway, keep in mind a poem that local school children are taught as you plan when to visit:  “June – too soon/July – stand by/August – look out you must/September – remember/October – all over.”


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