Everything You Need to Know About Belize Weather
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Everything You Need to Know About Belize WeatherPosted on March 9. 2015
Belize is home to every hallmark of a tropical paradise: jungles, cays, beaches, coral reefs, and most importantly for many of us: year-round warm weather.
This year-round good weather means that as far as temperatures are concerned, there is not a huge difference between the seasons in Belize. There are still other differences between the seasons that you should know about before your trip, and they are the topic of today’s post.
As mentioned, Belize weather is tropical and toasty all year round and in fact Belize’s average yearly temperature comes in at a balmy 84° F.
While there is definitely some fluctuation on a daily and seasonal basis, there isn’t as much as some other places in the Caribbean. Daily temperatures in Belize swing a few degrees and as a result the coolest parts of the evening and early morning will typically be 10°-12° F cooler than the hottest part of the midday or afternoon.
In the summer , those temperatures will typically look like highs of around 86° F or higher and a low of 77° F. In the winter dry season, temperatures will look like a high of around 82° F or lower and a low of around 71° F.
Temperatures can be a little cooler as you climb in elevation in Belize’s mountainous interior region regardless of the time of year.
Wet Season (June To November)
While the temperatures will be slightly warmer during wet season, the main difference between wet season and dry season is – you guessed it – the amount of rain that falls. Wet season is the rainiest of the two Belize weather seasons, as around 7 inches of rain falls each month and will typically be spread out over 20 days each month. When you do the math on those averages, you soon see that even during the rainy season, it doesn’t rain too much. In fact, these quick bursts of rain are welcomed by many as they do a great job of cooling off the lush and steamy landscape.
The rainiest part of the calendar year is October and November which also coincides with hurricane season.
Dry Season (December to May)
Belize’s dry season is between February and May and has significantly lower rainfall than the rest of the year. For this reason, this is the peak tourist season as northerners flock to experience optimal Belize weather. The rain totals during dry season will typically only come to around 2 to 3 inches for the entire month and is typically spread out over only 7 to 8 days.
The driest and surest sunny month in Belize is without a doubt March.
Due to its location, Belize doesn’t bear the brunt of many direct hurricane hits, but it does get glancing blows from tropical storms from time to time. Make no mistake though, hurricanes can occur, but that is no reason to postpone your trip. Modern meteorology will let you know far ahead of time if one is heading towards the coastal Caribbean nation and many resorts offer refunds if hurricanes happen to strike.
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