Rain in Belize

Annual Rainfall in Belize

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When considering the best time to visit Belize, one of the first things potential tourists ask about is rainfall.  As a whole, the country of Belize tends to have higher rain averages than other destinations in the Caribbean, however, the country experiences two very distinct wet and dry seasons, so it is easy to plan your getaway around poor weather. 

The dry season, and busiest tourist season is from February to May, while the rainy season is from June to November.  If you want to avoid the crowds, find discounted travel rates, and don't mind carrying an umbrella around, the rainy season might just be the ideal time for you to visit.  

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You can also try and lessen the burden of rainfall by strategically planning where in the country to stay.  While you may not be able to avoid the rain entirely, the southern areas of the country do see less rainfall thanks to the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone which helps to push many dark clouds north.  July is when this region sees the most rain.

Each year, the rainy season follows a similar pattern of showering the northern parts of the country with heavy rainfall in the Toledo area beginning in May, then moving further north as the month wears on, touching Stann Creek through Orange Walk with storms.  From that point, the amount of rain seems to even off through June and July where there is an average of around eight inches of rain per month throughout the entire region.  August sees a break known locally as “Magua” where the country's rain average is about four inches, but then is picks up again heavier than ever thanks to the threat of tropical storms and hurricanes as the country moves into the autumn months.

Most agree that visiting during the rainy season is not a doomed vacation waiting to happen.  Overall, rainfall occurs overnight, and when they do happen during the day it is only for a brief time, with the clouds offering a quick and heavy downpour to keep the landscape green, before moving on and allowing the sun to shine through as brightly as ever.  The best thing to do is have a nearby indoor back-up plan for every outdoor destination you're hoping to visit, or bring a heavy-duty umbrella and be willing to tough out the rainstorm. Do be sure to consider the terrain of where you are staying.  While you won't see much change in the landscape in the developed cities, some remote destinations become dangerous as the rain turns dirt roads into muddy traps. 

Rainfall Monthly Averages
        % Days with
Month Average
(inches)
Max
(inches)
Min
(inches)
Rain Tstorm
January 4.5 9.9 0.8 40.4 2.0
February 2.6 7.6 N.A. 31.7 1.0
March 1.9 9.4 N.A. 22.4 2.0
April 1.7 8.6 N.A. 20.1 4.0
May 4.0 24.6 N.A. 21.3 9.0
June 8.6 25.8 N.A. 52.3 22.0
July 8.1 25.9 0.5 41.3 21.0
August 7.0 15.5 1.9 42.6 23.0
September 9.5 21.3 N.A. 48.2 29.0
October 10.0 26.5 2.5 45.1 10.0
November 7.0 25.7 1.3 40.7 5.0
December 6.7 16.1 0.6 45.1 4.0
Annual 71.2 109.9 26.0 38.6 12.0

Knowing when the wet and dry seasons strike, as well as where they'll strike, before you travel to Belize will help to ensure that your getaway isn't rained out.  With this knowledge in hand, you're prepared to choose the perfect travel time for your dream vacation.

 

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