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Dominica Weather in February

Rainfall Reaches Lowest Point of the Year for This Very Wet Carribean Island
Dominica weather in February
Average high temperature and rainfall for Dominica in February. © 2017 Scott S. Bateman
Describing Dominica weather in February as dry is like describing the turning of the leaves in the fall.

In other words, it's a rare occurrence during the course of a year.

Dominica is one of the wettest islands in the Caribbean. It lies midway between Guadeloupe and Martinique, two other islands that also experience high levels of rain.

But the heavy rains on Dominica create one of the most lush eco tourism islands in the region.

It is a common stop on eastern Caribbean cruises for active people who want rainforest hikes and waterfalls more than they want beaches. For others, it is simply a change in pace from the more popular beach islands.

Rainfall in February


The average rainfall for Dominica in February is about four inches, according to historical data from the Dominica Meteorological Service. It is the lowest level of rain for the entire year.

It increases to about five inches in March and April, then climbs quickly after the arrival of the Caribbean hurricane season from June through November.

The Caribbean hurricane season is most active in September for the majority of islands. For Dominica, September has an average of 12 inches, climbs again in October and hits a high point of about 15 inches in November. September and November also are the low points of the year for tourist visits to Dominica.

So rainfall of four inches in February is a blessing.

Temperatures in February


Dominica also is a bit cooler than many destinations in February. The average high temperature is 82 degrees Fahrenheit or about 28 Celsius.

The average low temperature is 71 Fahrenheit or about 22 Celsius. Seawater temperatures average between the highs and lows. They often are too cool for swimming in February. But Dominica isn't known as a beach destination.

Temperatures don't increase much for the rest of the year anyway, even in summer. The average highs peak at 87 Fahrenheit or about 31 Celsius in August and September.

Whether to Go in February


For the low risk of rain alone, Dominica is worth visiting in February for anyone who wants a chance to see the island's rain forests, many waterfalls and quiet, laid-back culture.

It also is a nice break from the heavy commercialism that is growing among many of the more popular Caribbean islands.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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February 17, 2020
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