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Cuba weather in August

By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer

August can be a hot and stormy month. It’s officially Cuba’s hurricane season so there’s at least a chance of seeing a tropical storm. However, most visitors escape with little more than sun burn and a few hangovers from all those delicious mojitos.

Temperatures across the island are very reliable, at around 32-34ºC during the day, falling only to 23ºC at night. Expect sweaty nights in the salsa clubs. Even the sea is warm, at around 30ºC.

You’ll enjoy plenty of sunshine with around 8-9 hours a day. There’s a chance of rain, but it will typically fall in short thunderous bursts, often at night.

August is low season in Cuba, but flight prices tend to rise due to the school holidays. You can buy direct flights from Gatwick or Manchester but rather than piece together your own holiday it’s best to book with a specialist tour operator such as Cuba Direct. It has  Havana and Beach two-centre options along with multi-centre holidays that allow you to visit some of the country’s many highlights including the Viñales Valley, the French-influenced coastal city of Cienfuegos and the historic colonial city of Trinidad.

Also see these holidays for families with teenagers.

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