Climate in Cuba
As a country that starts with C listed on Countryaah.com, Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean. The archipelago of the same name belongs to the Greater Antilles. Cuba borders the Caribbean Sea as well as the Atlantic. The north-east trade wind characterizes the tropical climate . This means that a moderately strong and constant wind blows on the island. The weather in Cuba is divided into a rainy season and a dry season . The rainy season is from May to October. The dry season is in the other months, November to April. Another characteristic of Cuba’s climate are tropical cyclones. They usually form between June and November. The average temperature is 25 to 30 degrees Celsius. Overall, there are no great differences in temperature between the seasons and between day and night. The climate table shows you all the important data. Find out the maximum and minimum temperature, the hours of sunshine per day, the water temperature and the number of rainy days for the individual months.
The best time to travel to Cuba
The weather in Cuba scores with summer temperatures all year round. With around 200 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 25 to 30 degrees Celsius, Cuba is a year-round travel destination. Nevertheless, many holidaymakers prefer the winter months as the best time to travel to Cuba . The dry season is from November to April and rain rarely or never falls on the island. In the dry months, rain falls on a maximum of three to four days, if at all.
The best months to travel to Cuba at a glance:
- November: 28 ° C, 7 hours of sunshine, 27 ° C water temperature, 4 rainy days, 80% humidity
- December: 27 ° C, 6 hours of sunshine, 27 ° C water temperature, 4 rainy days, 81% humidity
- January: 26 ° C, 7 hours of sunshine, 25 ° C water temperature, 3 rainy days, 77% humidity
- February: 27 ° C, 7 hours of sunshine, 24 ° C water temperature, 3 rainy days, 77% humidity
- March: 28 ° C, 7 hours of sunshine, 25 ° C water temperature, 3 rainy days, 72% humidity
- April: 30 ° C, 7 hours of sunshine, 26 ° C water temperature, 4 rainy days, 72% humidity
With a maximum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius, it is wonderful to relax on the beach in Cuba. When the temperatures drop, then only to just under 20 degrees Celsius. That can be the case in the nights. Bathing in the sea is also a relief. Look forward to average water temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius. In the winter months, the hours of sunshine are six to seven per day. A wonderful way to recharge your batteries. The dry season is ideal for a city trip to the capital Havana. Perfect as a change from the beach and to get to know the country and its people better. The temperatures are not too hot, so you can stroll relaxed through the city and dance to the Cuban rhythms.
Another advantage of the dry season in Cuba is the humidity. In the winter months it is lower than in the summer months. In the rainy season the humidity is around 80%. Many vacationers find this uncomfortable and use the optimal travel time for a Cuba vacation .
A disadvantage if you plan your vacation in Cuba in the dry season is the higher asking prices. In the months of November to April you have to expect significantly higher flight and hotel prices than in the other months. The travel time is popular with vacationers all over the world. Even with the Austrians. When winter falls in Austria and the days are shorter, many like to flee to warm countries and islands with a pleasant climate.
Even if the dry season is considered the best time to travel to Cuba, you can visit the beautiful island during the rainy season. The costs for your Cuba vacation are lower than for trips in the high season. If you are now afraid that you will not be able to enjoy your vacation in the summer months due to the rainy season, I will explain to you what the rainy season means in Cuba.
Climate table for Cuba
|Max. Temperature in ° C||26||27||28||30||31||32||32||32||31||30||28||27|
|Min. Temperature in ° C||17||17||18||19||21||23||23||23||23||22||19||18|
|Hours of sunshine per day||7||7||7||8||9||9||9||8||7||6||7||6|
|Water temperature in ° C||25||24||25||26||27||27||28||28||28||28||27||27|
|Rainy days per month||3||3||3||4||6||9||8||8||7||6||4||4|
What does rainy season mean in Cuba?
Many associate the rainy season with continuous rain for days. A cliché that has been anchored in many minds for ages. As a rule, the rainy season is different in Cuba and in many other tropical countries. If you are on the Caribbean island during the summer months, you have to reckon with a higher probability of rain . When the rain comes, it is usually gone after a few minutes or at most after an hour or two. The tropical rain announces itself as the sky darkens and the clouds draw in. The rain showers are short, but they can be heavy. When it’s over, the sky tears open again. As if nothing happened, you can lie down on the beach and relax in the sun. The rainy season in Cuba does not mean continuous rain over several days. So you don’t have to spend your vacation in a hotel room. It can also be that you are in Cuba during the rainy season and it doesn’t even rain. You can calmly take a vacation in Cuba in the months of May to October. Also because the offers are much cheaper in the off-season. If you can cope with the increased humidity and the increased incidence of mosquitoes, the rainy season is a good alternative as the best travel time. Also: After a heavy rain shower, the air is wonderfully fresh and a relief for your lungs. June is considered the wettest month during the rainy season in Cuba. On average, it rains nine days. Exceptions prove the rule! June is also the start month for a very special season: the hurricane season.
Information about the hurricane season in Cuba
The months June to October are considered the hurricane season in Cuba. During this time, the risk of a tropical cyclone is higher than at other times of the year. There is an early warning system to inform the locals and tourists in good time about an upcoming hurricane . As soon as a hurricane occurs over the Atlantic, there is a warning and all precautions can be taken in case the hurricane moves towards the island. It is seldom the case that a hurricane actually hits the island and causes severe destruction and devastation. However, you should be aware that there is a risk of a hurricane this season.
Weather in Cuba – regional differences
Overall, there are similar tropical temperatures across the island. However, there are regions where the temperatures differ from the average of the island. This applies, for example, to the higher elevations of Cuba. In the mountains it is often fresher and it rains more often than in the flat regions. Temperatures can drop to 0 degrees Celsius and the term continuous rain is justified here. The annual average temperature in the mountains is 20 degrees Celsius. The coastal sections also show climatic differences. The southeast in the Guatanamo Bay area is considered to be the driest region. The area also has the highest average temperatures. Temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius have already been reached here. Another example of regional differences is western Cuba.
In short: a different, perfect travel time for Cuba can be defined for every vacationer. It depends on your physical condition and your budget. If you can cope with high temperatures and high humidity, you can spend your Cuba vacation in the summer months. If you don’t mind short rain showers and an increased hurricane risk, the rainy season is the perfect travel time for you. Especially if you have a comparatively small travel budget. For trips to Cuba in the months of May to October, the offers are significantly cheaper. For this reason, you will find many cheap offers on my blog that fall during the rainy season. If you don’t want to take any risks with the weather and have more budget available, the dry season from November to April is the perfect travel time for Cuba. The humidity is not extremely high this season and the temperatures are tropical but not too hot. Since the winter months and thus the dry season in Cuba are considered a popular travel time, the prices are for Cuba trips are correspondingly more expensive. No matter how you decide: Cuba is always worthwhile, in every season!