Jamaica Climate is Caribbean tropical but varies with different parts of the island.
Having an understanding of Jamaica climate can be important, whether you're getting ready for a much-needed Jamaican vacation or you're about to leave on a business trip to the island. After all, you'll want to know what to expect from the weather and what type of clothes to bring with you.
You'll be far away from home, so you'll want to know not only what the typical weather is for the time of year you'll be there, but also what the current weather forecast is for the days you'll be on the island.
Almost everyone assumes the weather in Jamaica will always be dry and very hot, but that's not always the case. It's true that for the most part, Jamaica offers a tropical climate with very few changes. There certainly aren't any seasonal differences like snow on the ground during winter or falling leaves in the autumn.
Kingston is Jamaica's largest city and capital, and it's located in one of the driest parts of the island, so rainfall there is very intermittent. Not only that, but when rain does fall, it doesn't rain for very long and it's always followed by plenty of sunshine.
Jamaica does have a rainy season, however. Typically, it occurs in May and June and again in October and November. Rarely, the rainy season extends into December, so you'll want to make sure rain is something you're adequately prepared for.
You should also be aware of the hurricane and tropical storm season when you're booking your trip to Jamaica. Typically, this season lasts from July to November. If one of these storms happens to coincide with your travel, you'll definitely be in for plenty of rain. Again, you'll want to be adequately prepared.
What does all this climate information mean when you're trying to decide what you should pack for yourself and your family for the vacation of a lifetime? For starters, it means you'll want to pack plenty of lightweight cottons and some casual linens. It's a bit cooler in the evening than it is during the day, so your clothing for evenings should include some light woolens. You might also consider packing a waterproof cap or hat if you'll be on Jamaica during the rainy season.
Although technically not climate-related, you should also take into account the possibility of an earthquake occurring during your visit to Jamaica. Although earthquakes on Jamaica are extremely rare, once again, it's better to be prepared.
A big one occurred back in June, 1692. At the time, Port Royal was the capital of Jamaica and a very busy port city. After this earthquake the city experienced landslides, which then led to a tsunami that destroyed about 90% of the city's buildings. About 2,000 people were killed by the earthquake and the accompanying tsunami.
Although Jamaica's climate is mostly part calm and peaceful with warm Caribbean temperatures in the 80s, there have also been times in Jamaican history where nature has turned brutal.
Make sure to do your research and prepare properly for the island's climate, because thorough preparation can help you make the most out of your Jamaican adventure.
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