Not far from the equator and enclosed by the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica partly lies in both the northern and western hemispheres. Jamaica is also one of the Greater Antilles islands, along with Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, the Cayman Islands, and Puerto Rico.
Here is more information about Jamaica’s weather and climate;
• The latitude/longitude of Jamaica is 18.1096° N, 77.2975° W.
• Jamaica sits within the hurricane belt of the Atlantic.
• In Jamaica, it rains the most from the month of May to the month of October (averaging 77 inches a year).
• Higher in the mountains, the rain can average 200 inches a year.
• Jamaica’s southwest region is the driest part of the island, receiving less than 30 inches of rain a year.
• It’s always much cooler in the mountains. The higher you go into the Blue Mountains, temperatures can drop to 50° F or lower.
• While many regions have Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall, Jamaica’s climate does not allow for all four seasons.
• Jamaica is divided into northern and southern regions. From the Blue Mountains, the north (windward side) has the most rain and higher levels of humidity, unlike south of the mountains (the leeward side).
• An onshore breeze blows throughout Jamaica during the day. At night, it turns into an offshore breeze.
• The summer months are from May to October in Jamaica.
• Jamaica’s winter months are from November to April, and many advise visiting during the winter months as the weather is still warm and there is less rainfall.
These are the temperature ranges in Jamaica by the month:
January: 22 to 29 °C, 72 - 84°F
February: 22 to 29°C, 72 - 84°F
March: 23 to 29°C, 73 - 84°F
April: 23 to 30°C, 73 - 86°F
May: 25 to 30°C, 77 - 86°F
June - October: 25 to 31°C, 77 - 88°F
November: 24 to 31°C, 75 - 88°F
December: 23 to 30°C, 73 - 86°F
Below is a poem written by a great Janadian Poet and Scholar about our weather
Nature by H.D Carberry:
“We have neither Summer nor Winter
Neither Autumn nor Spring
When the gold sun shines on the lush green canefields-
The days when the rain beats like bullets on the roofs
And there is no sound but the swish of water in the gullies
And trees struggling in the high Jamaica winds.
Also there are the days when leaves fade from the guango trees
And the reaped canefields lie bare and fallow to the sun.
Best of all there are the days when the mango and the logwood blossom
When the bushes are full of sounds of bees and the scent of honey,
When the tall grass sways and shivers to the slightest breath of air,
When the buttercups have paved the earth with yellow stars
And beauty comes suddenly and the rains have gone.”