St Lucia Weather
Today we are going to talk about the weather in St Lucia. If you are coming on a vacation, weather is something that you are going to be very concerned about, because foul weather will dampen your holiday spirit. So, to give you a little bit of a feel for St. Lucia, its climate and the weather that you can expect, I am going to read you a little bit directly off of Wikipedia and it says:
“St Lucia has a tropical, humid climate, moderated by northeast trade winds that allow for pleasant year-round conditions. Mean annual temperatures range from twenty six degrees Centigrade, or seventy nine degrees Fahrenheit, to thirty two degrees Centigrade or ninety degrees Fahrenheit at sea level and drop to an average of thirteen degrees Centigrade or fifty five degrees Fahrenheit in the mountain peaks.”
Hurricanes In St Lucia
The writer continues that:
“The abundant annual rainfall accumulates to approximately two thousand millimeters or seventy nine inches, with most precipitation occurring during the June to December wet season. Hurricanes are the most severe climatic disturbance in the area and have been known to cause extensive damage. Although St. Lucia has historically been spared from serious hurricane destruction, Hurricane Allen, which was back in 1980, decimated the agricultural sector and claimed nine lives. More recently, in 2010, Hurricane Tomas claimed seven lives and also caused extensive agricultural damage, particularly to the island’s burgeoning cocoa crop.”
So, what are one of the things that we observe right here from this piece on Wikipedia?
1980: Hurricane Allen;
2010: Hurricane Tomas.
20 -30 Years Between Major Hurricanes
So, approximately thirty years between major hurricanes. Chances are, you are outside the zone for hurricane interaction and I’m saying “chances are” because we are speaking statistically. So, bearing those statistics in mind, it probably means that you needn’t be very concerned about hurricanes in St. Lucia, because I can understand that this will always be a cause for concern. Truth be told, St. Lucia is sufficiently low in the Caribbean archipelago that it generally gets spared the brunt of hurricanes. It generally gets spared the major hurricanes. The earth being tilted on its axis, as hurricanes come across the Atlantic Ocean, they tend to veer northwards in what is known as the Coriolis Effect, and this takes them out of the path of St. Lucia.
So, now that we’ve cleared that up, here are a couple of other things that I would like for us to look at concerning the weather in St. Lucia. We’re going to talk a little bit about St. Lucia’s climate. We’re going to delve a little deeper into it. We’re going to talk about the weather in a couple of months, you know, sort of like the weather in the wet season, the weather in the dry season; and I am going to talk about what to do if and when it rains in St. Lucia because the rain doesn’t have to dampen your holiday.
General St Lucia Weather
So, we’ve already identified that St. Lucia’s climate is tropical. St. Lucia is touched by the northeast trade winds which tend to have a cooling effect on the island and while Wikipedia refers to the climate as “tropical and humid”, what I have found from living in St. Lucia, is that the humidity is most intense generally in the summertime months. And it tends to vary -sometimes you’ll have the humidity kicking in in June, sometimes in July. By August it’s generally gone, then the rains are coming again, maybe sometimes you can have it a little bit in September.
By and large, however, I have found that it’s generally a couple of weeks in the year, maybe a month or so, where things tend to get very humid, and I find the humidity most noticeable in the evening times. But, truth be told, if you’re staying at a resort or anywhere where you’re staying on the island, once you’ve got air conditioning in your room, then the humidity doesn’t become an issue since your air condition unit also acts as a dehumidifier making the environment very comfortable when you go to bed at night.
And again, in the daytime, you are going to be out and about – in the ocean, on the water, doing some sort of excursion, enjoying lounging by your pool, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. So that the whole issue of humidity is not going to be one that’s going to cause any major concern for your vacation.
St Lucia Seasons
Let’s talk now about what I like to think of as the seasons. In more northerly and southerly areas, moving away from the equator, one tends to have the seasons: the summer, winter, spring and autumn. Here in the Caribbean, we only have the rainy and the dry season. Our rainy season coincides with the hurricane season, which is generally from June to November and the dry season goes from December back round till about the end of May. Coming out of November, because there have been lots of rain, the hillsides are generally all beautifully lush green.
This beautiful lush greenness continues right through December, January, February and now by the time we are coming round into March, it’s starting to go a little bit dry. We haven’t had as much rains and you can now see the trees taking on a sort of dusty green as opposed to the verdantly bright greens of earlier on in the year. We continue through to April when it’s getting rather dry; May can continue to be dry and then we’re really happy if the rains are starting to come in May. Then, going through from June back round to about November, we have more rain.
Rain in St Lucia
The interesting thing, however, about the rain is that – this is how I like to put it – “if you don’t like the weather, have another drink. Give it twenty minutes”.
One of the things about the rain in the Caribbean – well, a couple of things –one is that the rain showers tend to be just that: rain showers. The rain will come down for ten minutes, fifteen minutes, half an hour. You will have the rare days, the odd days, the exception rather than the norm, when it may rain for an entire day. But here is what: the beauty of our climate here in St. Lucia is that the rain, though wet, is absolutely warm and as a consequence, there is no need for the rain to dampen your spirits. Like I said, have another drink! Still get out! Carry your umbrella, carry a poncho and get out and enjoy what there is of St. Lucia.
Rainy Weather Photography in St Lucia
For me, rain is one of the nicest times to shoot pictures because things get so interesting. There are reflections in the water, the puddles on the street, the frenetic nature of locals as they’re scurrying by with their umbrellas etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. But the truth is, there is no cause for this to dampen your holiday spirit. Now, in the dry season – again I’m thinking that’s sort of especially January, February – you’ve got the islands being affected by the northeast trade winds, so, there’s this beautiful wind blowing through. Fantastic weather for sailing, getting out on your hobie cats in the water in front of your resorts etcetera.
Get The Weather.com App & Stay Informed
And speaking of weather, one of the things that I find is really great is, get the weather.com app., place it on your smartphone and then you will have access to the ten day weather forecast. With most vacations running somewhere between sort of seven and fourteen days, that’s going to give you a really great feel for what you can expect. But, as I’ve said, when you get here, you will find that rain hardly ever dampens your spirits. I mentioned the hurricane season earlier on and I also mentioned the fact that we are not terribly affected by hurricanes, so by and large, there is no major cause for concern.
During the last weather system, the tourism authorities were very, very effective, in conjunction with resorts, in terms of taking care of folks. Once the airports had been opened up, arrangements were made to get people out; roads were opened up…. This all happened very quickly. So, the truth is, anywhere where you are, you can be affected by a hurricane, but, down here in St. Lucia, it’s one of the coolest places to be compared to some of the islands further north.
Things To Do In St Lucia When It Rains
And, there’s always the question of what to do when it rains. I have been at resorts where I have seen a whole host of activities come out when the rains come down. The entertainment staff in the resorts are quite adept at keeping you nicely entertained when the rain is on. Beyond that, like I say, once you’ve got an excursion planned and the excursion hasn’t been cancelled, there’s absolutely no need to worry because you will still get to experience the beauty of the island.
So that’s just a little bit of a touch into the weather down here in St. Lucia. And like I said, I know that weather in St Lucia or St Lucia weather is always something that, as a vacationer, you are interested in knowing. So, that’s just a quick take on the weather down here.
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