We all know that when we’re considering traveling to a new country one of the most important questions is: what’s the weather going to be like? It can really make or break a trip.
When it comes to Belize, you’re in luck if you’re looking for warmth. It’s a popular destination with tourists looking for a beach break and it rarely gets anywhere near what could be considered ‘cold’.
Read on for more climate information about the beautiful country of Belize.
Temperatures in Belize and Hopkins Village
The temperatures in Belize vary between the cayes, the coastal areas, and the inland cities. But generally, temperatures here are pretty stable, with only minor fluctuations across the year. In Hopkins Village, temperatures will only usually range between a winter low of 80 degrees and 87 degrees in summer.
This explains why Belize is a popular overwintering destination, with visitors swapping the freezing winters of their home countries for something altogether more pleasant in Belize.
Humidity in Belize
The whole of Belize is classed as having a subtropical climate, with defined dry and rainy seasons. During the rainy season, which runs from June to November, it can become uncomfortably sticky and humid. This is worth bearing in mind, as the mugginess can make sightseeing less enjoyable.
Rainfall in Belize
Belize has a dry and a rainy season each year. Dry season officially runs from December through to May and rainy season from June through to November. However, expect the unexpected, because rainfall in Belize can be unpredictable!
Generally speaking, there is more rain the further south you travel through Belize. The northerly cayes are among the driest with an average of around 70 inches per year, and it’s wettest in the southern Punta Gorda region, with around 120 inches expected annually. Hopkins is located at the mid-point of Belize, so the amount of rain falls somewhere between these two averages.
You can comfortably swim in Belize’s ocean at any point in the year, which is great news for water babies. When you do decide to dip a toe in, the coolest you can expect is a more-than-pleasant 80 degrees during winter and around 84 degrees in summer.
Storms and Hurricanes in Belize
Tropical storms and hurricanes do happen in Belize, and there have been 16 hurricanes recorded since 1931. They can take place any time from July through November, but will most commonly hit in either September or October.
The central and northern sections of the country, including the popular island cayes, are worst affected, with the southern part of the country less likely to suffer, thanks to the shelter provided by neighboring Honduras.
It’s worth noting that most tourists don’t experience weather anywhere near this dramatic, and it’s much more likely you’ll experience a heavy downpour than a full-on storm.
The Best Time to Visit Belize
The best months to visit Belize, and therefore the busiest, are generally agreed to be February, March, and April. The days are warm, but there’s less chance of experiencing the rain and humidity that comes during the summer and fall months.
Having said that, the weather can be bone dry in the rainy season – and vice versa – so there really is no bad time to visit Belize!