Average TempDay 28°C Night 21°C
This string of paradise islands is located 50 miles off the east coast of Florida and stretch almost as far south as the eastern tip of Cuba. The Bahamas’ climate shares characteristics with both their nearest neighbours with hot, humid and stormy summers and cooler (but generally mild) winters when the sun shines much of the time. The Bahamas may be affected by the hurricane season which officially runs from June to the end of November, however the majority of storms occur in late August, September and October. However, as each storm takes a different track, the Bahamas are not always affected. Largely, the question of when to visit the Bahamas comes down to whether you want sunny conditions with average daytime temperatures in the low 20s alongside a busy atmosphere or more tropical conditions but fewer crowds.
January is the height of the busy season in the Bahamas. The weather is generally very sunny and not too hot or humid. In the evening, the temperature can drop to around 17 degrees Celsius so it’s worth packing some lightweight, long sleeve tops and trousers to wear at dinner. The island’s will be busy and the resorts will be booked up months in advance, so you should plan your holiday in advance.
The weather in the Bahamas in February is very similar to January; the theme will be sunny skies and relatively mild conditions. There could be colder conditions this month, especially in the northern reaches of the archipelago and in early February, but it will still feel much warmer than it is in the UK. The sea is at its coolest at this time of year but usually still warm enough to swim in. If you are seeking guaranteed warmer temperatures this month, it’s worth considering a Caribbean island that has a lower latitude like Barbados or Grenada.
The temperature in the Bahamas is on the up again in March; both the daytime and evening are a few degrees warmer compared to February. Throughout March and into early April, university and high school students from the United States of America travel to the Bahamas on their spring break. The resorts can be loud and lively with parties going on all day until late.
Glorious sunshine, warm days and mild sea temperatures characterise April in the Bahamas. It’s the sunniest month and the mercury continues to rise. The latter half of April also marks the end of the peak season so there will probably be fewer people around, but the rains and humidity of late spring and summer have not yet arrived. All in all, April is a great time to visit the Bahamas.
The heat, humidity and precipitation levels increase in May but the rainy season hasn’t yet started. The average temperature during the day is 26 degrees and the evenings should be nice and warm. As it’s the end of the peak period in the Bahamas, you might find some good deals at some of the islands’ resorts. A half-term break at Atlantis Paradise Island is a great choice at the end of this month.
June in the Bahamas marks the official start of the hurricane season, however, it’s not the peak month for tropical storms – this tends to be slightly later in the year. There’ll be more rain and higher humidity than the previous months but the sea is at its warmest. June is a great month for a diving adventure as the increased water temperatures attract a higher diversity of marine life; the visibility is also at its best during the early summer.
July is one of the hottest and wettest months in the Bahamas and the high humidity will make it feel even warmer. It’s likely that there will be scattered thunderstorms around but these can be a bit hit or miss: there might be a storm on Paradise Island but down on Exuma the skies could be clear – or vice versa. Some of the best holiday offers can be found in July, however, later in the month there could be plenty of holiday makers travelling to the Bahamas from Europe.
The weather in the Bahamas in August is hot and humid, much like it is in July; the summer heat may trigger afternoon and evening thunderstorms. The chances of tropical storms and hurricanes passing over the islands increases this month as the season starts to reach its peak. However, they are not a common occurrence as each storm takes a different track through the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean.
The weather in the Bahamas in September will be hot and will feel tropical – think high humidity and heavy rain showers. Along with the second half of August and October, this month is the peak of the hurricane season. The humidity and heat usually triggers afternoon thunderstorms, but mornings can be beautifully clear. As the school holidays are over, you might find some good deals in September, handy if you’re looking to travel on a budget.
It’s another month of high humidity and high temperatures but it is also a relatively inexpensive time to travel to the Bahamas. There are also far less crowds than you will start to experience in the coming months. It doesn’t rain every day in October but you should be prepared for afternoon storms and of course, there’s still an outside chance of a tropical storm or hurricane. This is another good month for finding discounted holidays.
The summer storms tends to wind down in November as the temperatures and humidity start to fall again. This is a good time to visit the Bahamas as the holiday crowds are yet to arrive but the weather is improving. The clear waters are still welcomingly warm and the daytime temperatures hover around the mid-20s.
The Bahamas’ busiest period begins in December with hotels and resorts being booked months in advance and prices are generally higher. There’s plenty of sunshine and much less rain than previous months, but there can be cooler snaps in the northern reaches of the Bahamas (Paradise Island and Exuma included) so you should pack long sleeved tops and trousers for the evenings.