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St. Vincent and Grenadines Climate

St. Vincent climate
St. Vincent has a lush landscape thanks to fairly heavy rains in the fall; credit: SVG Tourism Authority
The 32-island chain of St. Vincent and the Grenadines lies close to the neighboring islands of St. Vincent, Barbados and Grenada. As a result, their climates share common weather characteristics.

Unlike arid Aruba, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is wet, volcanic and tropical. The total rainfall gives this small Caribbean cruise destination some of the features that tourist find attractive, including lush greenery and eco tourism activities.

“The average yearly temperature is 27° C (81° F). The coolest months are between November and February. During the rainy season, May through October, rain is frequent in the mountains of St. Vincent with the annual average rainfall being 380 cm (150 inches) inland and 200 cm (80 inches) on the coast,” the SVG Tourism Authority says.

The average temperature combines both the warm daytime temperatures and much cooler nighttime temperatures.

Like all Caribbean islands, visitors can count on finding temperatures that are generally warm throughout the year with slight declines during the winter and slight increases during the summer.

Daytime temperatures range from the low 80s Fahrenheit during the winter months of November through February and reach the high 80s during the summer.

Trade winds will create a wind chill that makes the temperatures seem even lower. They often come from the northeast at an average of 15 to 24 knots and sometimes reach 20-30 knots in January or February.

Winds will reach high points during the Caribbean hurricane seasons if tropical storms pass nearby or through (on very rare occasions) the St. Vincent and Grenadines islands. The official hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 1.

St. Vincent Average Rainfall

Predictably warm temperatures are part of what makes the Caribbean so attractive. But like the rest of the Caribbean, rainfall on St. Vincent and the Grenadines varies greatly month by month.

St. Vincent has a distinct dry season that runs from January through May when average rainfall is about three inches each month or less. Average rainfall may exceed six inches or more from July through November during the annual Caribbean hurricane season.

Because parts of St. Vincent are volcanic and mountainous, rainfall is heavier in the interior and lighter on the coast. That doesn’t stop tourists from visiting the islands during the rainy season.

Climate Impacts Tourism

SVG has distinct patterns of high and low tourism visits each month every year. The three highest peaks in visits for overnight travel are usually March, July and December with December being the highest of all, according to statistics from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

March visitors may find the best combination of low rain and warm temperatures. July visitors will find the warmest temperatures but also the highest risk of rain. Visitors in December will likely have the lowest temperatures; the risk of rain will be lower than July but higher than March.

However, December visits are popular in the Caribbean in general because tourists want to escape the northern winters.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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May 08, 2017

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