Best time to visit British Virgin Islands

The best time to visit the British Virgin Islands (BVI) for a beach holiday is during the dry season from December to April, with the months of January through March the most comfortable.

BVI is considered a year-round destination with sunny, clear skies interspersed with brief rain showers.


British Virgin Islands weather

The British Virgin Islands experience a hot, tropical maritime climate influenced by the trade winds: December to March is pleasant, with an average temperature around 26°C (79°F); while May to October is hot and muggy, with the daily average around 29°C (84°F).

Here are the average temperatures of Road Town, the capital, on the island of Tortola.

What is the best month to visit the British Virgin Islands?
January through March are the best months to visit the British Virgin Islands, since it's the least hot and rainy time of year – you can expect warm, sunny weather and little or no rainfall.

However, anytime during the dry season from December through April is good for a range of outdoor activities.

Which is the hottest month in British Virgin Islands?
The hottest months in the British Virgin Islands are usually August and September, with daytime average high temperatures of 32°C (89°F) and a low of 27°C (80°F)

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

Which is the coldest month in British Virgin Islands?
The coldest month of the year in Road Town is February, with an average high of 29°C (84°F) and low of 24°C (75°F).

The cool season lasts from mid-December through March, with an average daily high temperature below 30°C (86°F).

Which is the sunniest month in the British Virgin Islands?
The sunniest month of the year in the British Virgin Islands is March, with nine hours of bright sunshine per day; that's an average of 73% of daylight hours.

What is the humidity in the British Virgin Islands?
The British Virgin Islands experiences seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 69% – 76% over the course of the year.

What do the humidity conditions feel like in the British Virgin Islands?
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 the British Virgin Islands is 23°C (73°F), and varies over the course of the year from humid at 21°C (70°F) to excessively humid and uncomfortable at 25°C (77°F). 

The more humid time of year lasts from May through to November, when you can expect the comfort level to be muggy at least 80% of the time.

The months with the most muggy days in the British Virgin Islands are May through October, when almost every day in each month is muggy or worse.

January through March is more comfortable, with an average of 23 days in each month that are muggy.

When is the sea warmest in the British Virgin Islands?
The sea is usually at its warmest in the British Virgin Islands in September when the water temperature reaches 29°C (84°F), which is pleasant for swimming.

The sea water is warm enough for swimming year-round in the British Virgin Islands.

Which month has the most rain in the British Virgin Islands?
November is usually the wettest month in the British Virgin Islands with 93mm (3.6in) of rainfall on average, distributed across seven days.

The wet season lasts from May through November, with a greater than 17% chance of a given day being a wet day. Rainfall is variable, with brief but heavy downpours.

However, even during the peak rainy season from August through November, when you can expect rainfall most afternoons, there is still plenty of sunshine.

The dry season lasts from December through April: February and March are the driest months.

What are the windiest months in British Virgin Islands?
The windiest month in BVI is July, with an average hourly wind speed of 25 kilometres per hour (13 knots; 15 mph).

The windy part of the year lasts from early-June to the end of August, with average wind speeds of more than 22 kilometres per hour (12 knots; 13 mph).

The calmer time of year lasts from September through to early-June. The month with the least amount of wind month of the year in BVI is October, with an average hourly wind speed of 19 kilometres per hour (10 knots; 12 mph).

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Road Town, Tortola is from the east throughout the year.

Is there a risk of a tropical storm in British Virgin Islands?
The likelihood of a tropical storm in the British Virgin Islands is greatest during the hurricane season, with a risk of 3.7% in September. The hurricane season lasts from June to early-November.

The British Virgin Islands lie directly in the track of Atlantic hurricanes traveling from the centre of the Atlantic towards Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. The risk of a hurricane striking is greatest from July to October.


Tortola, BVI Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
29 29 29 30 30 31 32 32 32 31 30 29
Average low temperature (°C)
24 24 24 25 26 27 27 27 27 27 26 25
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
8 8 9 9 8 8 9 9 8 8 7 7
Average daily daylight (hrs)
11 11 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 11 11 11
Comfort level – heat
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Comfort level – humidity (#muggy days)
25 22 23 26 30 29 30 31 30 30 28 27
Average dew point temperature (°C)
21 21 21 21 23 23 24 24 25 25 23 22
Average relative humidity (%)
72 71 70 69 72 71 72 74 74 74 76 74
UV Index (max)
8 10 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 10 8 7
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
2 2 2 3 7 5 5 6 8 8 7 4
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
26 25 24 26 52 36 58 74 71 77 93 62
Average wind speed (km/h)
24 24 22 21 21 24 25 24 20 19 22 24
Average sea temperature (°C)
26 26 26 27 27 28 28 29 29 29 28 27
Road Town, Tortola, BVI

Holiday seasons

High Season: December to May; Low season: June to November.


Source: Meteorological data for the British Virgin Islands (BVI) is based on weather statistics collected during 2012 to 2021 from the closest weather station: Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS), which is located on Beef Island, around 11km (7mi) east of Road Town. The two islands are connected by the Queen Elizabeth Bridge. Additional 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 British Virgin Islands: 16 May, 2024


Disclaimer: The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data and conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable. We assume no responsibility and can not be held legally responsible for any decisions made on the basis of the information presented on this site.



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