Best time to visit US Virgin Islands

The best time to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands is anytime from early-December to mid-April, with the driest weather during the months of January, February and March.

You can expect an average hightemperature of 29°C (84°F) and a low of 23°C (73°F).


U.S. Virgin Islands weather

The U.S. Virgin Islands has a hot and humid tropical climate year round, with a relatively cooler period from December to March, with average highs around 29°C (84°F), and a hot and sultry period from May to October, with highs around 32°C (90°F), during which the high heat is tempered by easterly trade winds.

On the northernmost islands (Saint John and Saint Thomas), the relatively dry season runs from December to April, while on the island of Saint Croix, located more to the south, it runs from January to April.

You can expect rainfall throughout the year in U.S. Virgin Islands. The months with the least rainfall are January through March.

Here are the average temperatures in Charlotte Amalie, the capital of St Thomas.

What is the best month to visit the US Virgin Islands?
January, February and March are the best months to visit the US Virgin Islands, since this is the least rainy time of year with hot, sunny weather, mainly clear skies and good conditions for swimming.

Which is the hottest month in US Virgin Islands?
The hottest time of year in the US Virgin Islands is normally August. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 32°C (89°F) with high heat and humidity, and a low of 26°C (78°F).

The hot season lasts from mid-June to mid-October, with an average daily high temperature above 31°C (88°F).

Which is the coldest month in the US Virgin Islands?
The coldest month of the year in the US Virgin Islands is January, with an average high of 29°C (84°F) and low of 23°C (73°F).

The cool season lasts from mid-December through March, with an average daily high temperature below 29°C (84°F).

Which is the sunniest month in the US Virgin Islands?
The sunniest time of year in the US Virgin Islands is usually March and April, with bright sunshine on average for 73% of daylight hours; that's nine hours of sunshine per day.

When is the sea warmest in the US Virgin Islands?
The sea is usually at its warmest in the US Virgin Islands in August when the water temperature reaches 30°C (86°F), which is pleasant for swimming.

The sea in the U.S. Virgin Islands is warm enough to swim year-round.


US Virgin Islands – Temperature averages

(°F)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
29 29 29 30 31 32 32 32 32 31 30 29
Average low temperature (°C)
23 23 23 24 25 26 26 26 26 25 25 24
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 13 12 11 11 11
Comfort level – heat
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Comfort level – humidity (#muggy days)
25 21 23 26 30 29 30 30 29 30 28 27
Average dew point temperature (°C)
21 20 20 21 23 23 23 24 24 24 23 21
Average relative humidity (%)
72 71 70 71 73 71 71 73 75 75 75 73
UV Index (max)
8 10 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 10 8 7
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
4 4 4 6 10 7 8 9 11 11 10 6
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
70 55 52 60 89 77 99 117 142 151 160 83
Average wind speed (km/h)
24 24 22 21 21 24 25 23 20 20 22 24
Average sea temperature (°C)
26 26 26 27 27 28 28 29 29 29 28 27

Weather station: Cyril E. King Airport (STT), located on the southwest side of St Thomas Island less than 5km (3mi) west of the capital, Charlotte Amalie. Source: United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Climate data collected during 1991 to 2020.


What is the humidity in the US Virgin Islands?
The US Virgin Islands experience little seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 70% – 75% over the course of the year.

What do the humidity conditions feel like in the US 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 US Virgin Islands is 22°C (71°F), and varies over the course of the year from humid at 20°C (68°F) to muggy at 24°C (75°F).

The more humid time of year in the US Virgin Islands lasts from April through to mid-January, when you can expect the comfort level to be muggy at least 75% of the time.

The months with the highest humidity in the US Virgin Islands are May through November, when almost every day in each month is muggy or worse.

The month with the fewest number of muggy days is February, with an average of 21 days that are muggy.

Which month has the most rain in the US Virgin Islands?
November is usually the wettest month in the US Virgin Islands with 160mm (6in) of rainfall on average distributed across 10 days.

The wet season lasts from May through November, with a greater than 25% chance of any given day being a wet day.

The months with the most rainfall are September, October and November. Downpours are usually followed by hot and sunny weather.

The drier season lasts from December through April. The month with the fewest wet days in St Thomas is March.

What are the windiest months in the US Virgin Islands?
The windiest month in the US Virgin Islands is July, with an average hourly wind speed of 25 kilometres per hour (16 mph; 13 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from early-June through August, with average wind speeds of more than 22 kilometres per hour (12 knots; 14mph).

The calmer time of year lasts from September through May. The month with the least amount of wind month of the year in the US Virgin Islands is October, with an average hourly wind speed of 19 kilometres per hour (12 mph; 10 knots).

The predominant average hourly wind direction in the US Virgin Islands is from the east throughout the year.

Is there a risk of a tropical storm in the US Virgin Islands?
The likelihood of a tropical storm in the US 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.


Holiday seasons

High Season: Mid-December to mid-April.

Low season: Mid-April to mid-November, when many hotels slash prices by as much as 50 per cent.


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 US Virgin Islands: 11 July, 2024


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