Rain in the USVI

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The rainy season in the US Virgin Islands is a little later in the year than other destinations in the Caribbean, and it is shorter as well. This is one of the many reasons why a trip to this multi-island destination is so popular among tourists on the hunt for a tropical getaway. 

There is a saying on the islands that goes something like “If you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes.”  This isn't because the weather changes so frequently, but because the only poor weather is the occasional light rain shower, and they rarely last longer than 10 minutes.  The rainy season is September through November.

While rain is common in the afternoon throughout the Caribbean, again, the US Virgin Islands break the pattern and it is early in the morning that rain typically strikes here.  If it doesn't rain in the morning, chances are you'll get a light shower in the afternoon, so it is easy to be prepared for this eventuality.  If it doesn't rain in the morning while you're getting ready to leave, make plans to bring an umbrella with you if you want to avoid getting wet.  Afternoon “storms” are often welcome as relief from the heat, and end up in a spectacular rainbow.  

Rainfall Monthly Averages
        % Days with
Month Average
Rain Tstorm
January N.A. N.A. N.A. 11.9 0.0
February N.A. N.A. N.A. 13.1 0.0
March N.A. N.A. N.A. 10.9 0.0
April N.A. N.A. N.A. 11.1 1.0
May N.A. N.A. N.A. 13.6 2.0
June N.A. N.A. N.A. 11.4 1.0
July N.A. N.A. N.A. 12.7 2.0
August N.A. N.A. N.A. 15.7 4.0
September N.A. N.A. N.A. 16.7 4.0
October N.A. N.A. N.A. 17.5 2.0
November N.A. N.A. N.A. 21.3 3.0
December N.A. N.A. N.A. 16.3 1.0
Annual N.A. N.A. N.A. 14.4 2.0

Having a plan of action in mind if it does start to rain is always a good idea to ensure that your vacation can be salvaged no matter what happens.  Whether you've got a museum you want to visit, a restaurant you want to try, and umbrella you want to break in, there are plenty of ways to handle a rainy afternoon. 


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