Weather in Jamaica
At 18 degrees above the equator, the weather in Jamaica definitely reflects the country's tropical latitude. Jamaica averages an annual temperature of 27 degrees Celsius, with the summer months of May to September being only marginally warmer than the "winter" season of December to March. Because the annual extremes differ only by about 12 degrees, some Jamaicans divide the year up according to what fruits are available at different times of the year, calling May to July mango season instead of Spring! While the country as a whole experiences only a little variation between seasons, the weather in Jamaica changes the most dramatically with altitude. Moving inwards from the tropical climate in the coastal regions, a more temperate zone greets you in the highland regions of the Jamaican interior (the country's highest peak is 7402 feet or 2256 meters above sea level). Nights there can get quite chilly, sometimes dipping below 10 degrees Celsius in the winter months.
Jamaica has two rainy seasons, occurring from May to June and September to November. The majority of the country's annual rainfall of 78 inches (almost 2 meters) falls in the mountainous regions, with the island's western portion receiving the least amount of precipitation. Between rainy periods falls the Caribbean's hurricane season (June to September), though major storms rarely pass over the island. During this time, the weather in Jamaica may turn nasty, but tropical showers are typically short and can provide welcome relief from the hot tropical sun.
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