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Caribbean weather in October

Caribbean weather in OctoberOctober scene in Caribbean

Ian PackhamBy Ian Packham

Although visiting the Caribbean during the hurricane season (which officially runs from the beginning of June to the end of November) initially sounds like a bad idea, the chances of having a holiday in October affected by storms is very low. What’s more, many islands are generally considered outside the hurricane belt, while low season brings prices down. So what weather can visitors to the Caribbean in October expect?

It is the Caribbean’s southern islands, including AntiguaBarbados, Grenada and St Lucia that lie beyond the reach of the vast majority of hurricanes. The temperatures reach a daytime maximum of 31°C, and overnight minimum of 23°C, making it comfortable for exploring the islands as well as relaxing on the beaches, although some visitors may find the humidity high. The humidity is broken by rain that falls mostly in short-lived afternoon and overnight showers, which shouldn’t affect holiday plans. The sea reaches 29°C, making it an excellent time to indulge in water sports and diving.

The weather in the northern Caribbean islands such as Cuba is possibly even better. October sees daily temperatures peaking at 30°C during 10 hours of sunshine. Temperatures don’t fall below 22°C, while humidity, rainfall, and UV levels are all lower than the islands in the southern Caribbean. Water sports are still possible, with sea temperatures of 29°C.

Other islands in the northern Caribbean including Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, the Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos enjoy similar October weather to Cuba.

Further north still, Bermuda and the Bahamas are a little cooler, with temperatures reaching 26°C during the day, before dropping to a low of 21°C overnight. The sea is also a little cooler at 25°C, while again humidity, rainfall, and UV indices are lower than the southern islands such as Grenada.

Find out more information on the best time to visit the Caribbean or try our other suggestions for where’s hot in October.

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