Weather and Climate


Antigua lies approximately 17 degrees north of the equator and at the point where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. Being close to the equator means that there is very little variation in the year round temperature and that we do not experience four distinct seasons. The one advantage Antigua has over other Caribbean islands is that we experience relatively low humidity in comparison, which makes the tropical weather slightly more bearable. It is also one of the drier islands and averages only 1140mm of annual rainfall. May to November is the hottest time of year with temperatures averaging in the mid eighties and humidity at its highest. The cooler months November to April still average around the mid seventies but as the tradewinds start to blow the cool breeze makes the heat a lot easier to deal with and it is when the sailing community flock here for the various regattas to take advantage of the prevailing winds.

Hurricane Season

The season runs from June 1st until the end of November. Although the last hurricane to seriously impact the island was Hurricane Jose in 1999 it is always best to be prepared. Throughout the season have a plentiful supply of water (roughly 6 gallons per person) and a good supply of canned and non-perishable foods.  If a watch or warning is issued make sure your fuel tank is full and you have cash available should the ATMs go out of service.
 

A hurricane kit containing the following items will also be useful:

Flashlights

  • Batteries
  • Battery operated Radio
  • Candles
  • Matches
  • Oil Lamp and extra Oil
  • Tarp and Rope (to cover a window if leaking)
  • First Aid Kit

Dependent on where you live find out where your nearest shelter is should you need it. If we have a Hurricane Watch you should:

Bring in objects that cam be blown away

  • Anchor objects which can not be brought inside
  • Close hurricane shutters or board up windows (if renting you can check with your landlord as to how to prepare)
  • Place valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container
  • Turn your fridge to the lowest settings to help maintain a cold temperature if the power goes.
  • Keep a supply of non-drinking water in containers to clean plates and wash etc


You can get the latest weather advice from various websites including www.nhc.noaa.gov, www.stormpulse.comwww.windguru.cz and www.wunderground.com