Best time to visit Barbados

The best time to visit Barbados is between January and April during the winter dry season when the days are usually filled with bright sunshine, little rainfall and an average temperature of 26°C (78°F).

Barbados weather

Barbados has hot and humid tropical weather all year round. It's slightly cooler and more pleasant from December to April, and more hot and muggy from May to October.

Here are the average temperatures in the capital, Bridgetown.

What is the best month to visit Barbados?
February, March and April are the best months to visit Barbados, since this is the least rainy time of year with hot, sunny weather and perfect conditions for swimming.

December and January are also acceptable months, although with occasional showers.

What is the hottest month in Barbados?
The hottest month of the year in Barbados is August, with an average high of 31°C (87°F) with high heat and humidity, and low of 25°C (77°F).

The hot season lasts from mid-May to late-October, with an average daily high temperature above 30°C (86°F).

What is the coldest month in Barbados?
The coldest month in Barbados is February, with an average daytime high temperature of 29°C (84°F) and an average night-time temperature of 23°C (73°F).

The cooler season lasts from late-December to early-March, with an average daily high temperature below 30°C (86°F).

Which is the sunniest month in Barbados?
The sunniest time of year in Barbados is normally January with bright sunshine on average for 75% of daylight hours; that's nine hours of sunshine per day.

What is the humidity in Barbados?
Barbados experiences little seasonal variation in perceived humidity. Humidity levels remain fairly constant throughout the year, with an average high range of 75% – 82% relative humidity.

What do the humidity conditions feel like in Barbados?
We derive the humidity comfort level – what conditions feel like – from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the atmosphere: a higher dew point feels more humid, while a lower dew point feels drier.

Meteorologists agree that dew point temperature is a more consistant indication of 'absolute humidity' than relative humidity, which fluctuates with temperature. 

The average annual dew point in Barbados is 23°C (73°F), and varies over the course of the year from humid at 21°C (64°F) to muggy and uncomfortable at 24°C (75°F). 

Typically, it's humid all year round, with almost every day in each month muggy or worse.

When is the sea warmest in Barbados?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Barbados in September when the water temperature averages 29°C (84°F).

Hiwever, the sea in Barbados is warm enough to swim all year-round.

Which month has the most rain in Barbados?
October is usually the wettest month in Barbados with 166mm (6.5in) on average, distributed across 15 days.

The wet season lasts from early-June to early-December, with a greater than 17% chance of any given day being a wet day. Downpours are usually followed by hot and sunny weather.

The drier season lasts from early-December through May. The month with the fewest wet days in Barbados is February.

Which is the windiest month in Barbados?
The windiest month of the year in Barbados is June, with an average hourly wind speed of 28 kilometres per hour (15 knots; 17mph).

The windy part of the year lasts from late-November to early-August, with average wind speeds of more than 24 kilometres per hour (13 knots; 15mph).

The less-windy time of year lasts from early-August to late-November. The calmest month of the year in Barbados is September, with an average hourly wind speed of 20 kilometres per hour (10 knots; 12mph).

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Barbados is from the east throughout the year.

What's the likelihood of a storm in Barbados?
The months of July through October all carry a slight risk of a tropical storm, with the likelihood greatest in September at 2.9%.

Barbados Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
29 29 29 30 30 30 30 31 31 31 30 29
Average low temperature (°C)
23 23 23 24 25 25 25 25 25 25 24 24
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 8
Average daily daylight (hrs)
11 11 12 12 12 13 13 12 12 12 11 11
Comfort level – heat
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Comfort level – humidity (#muggy days)
30 28 30 29 31 30 31 31 30 31 30 30
Average dew point temperature (°C)
22 21 21 22 23 24 24 24 24 24 24 23
Average relative humidity (%)
77 75 75 76 77 79 80 80 80 81 81 78
UV Index (max)
10 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11 10 9
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
11 9 8 8 8 11 15 16 13 15 14 11
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
65 40 34 55 73 96 123 162 144 166 152 97
Average wind speed (km/h)
28 28 26 25 26 28 26 23 20 21 24 26
Average sea temperature (°C)
27 27 27 27 28 28 28 29 29 29 28 28
Bridgetown, Barbados

Holiday seasons

High season: December to June

Low season: July to November.

Source: Meteorological data for Barbados is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1992 to 2021 by the Barbados Meteorological Services at the closest weather station: Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI), also known as Bridgetown Airport, located 16km (9mi) east of the capital, Bridgetown. Additional climate data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

Latest update: Best time to visit Barbados: 15 May, 2024

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