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Bermuda Weather and Climate
If there is one word for describing Bermuda's weather or the climate, it would be "sub-tropical". While the summer months are quite comfortable, due to high humidity it can become unpleasantly warm at times. April through November is the high tourist season in Bermuda. Water temperature remains comfortable for enjoyable swims and snorkeling. Winter months are from December through March. Water visibility becomes high making it a great time for scuba diving.
Air Temperatures in Bermuda
December through March is the winter time in Bermuda and temperature remains quite cool. It is something like the Northeastern spring season. The temperature during the winter varies between 62 degree Fahrenheit (17 degree Celsius) to about 70 degree Fahrenheit (21 degree Celsius). You will need to wear a jacket during early mornings and evenings. Otherwise the day time is quite pleasantly cool during winter.
April to November (spring, summer and fall) are great tourist seasons in Bermuda when the temperatures vary between 75 degree Fahrenheit (22 degree Celsius) to about 85 degree Fahrenheit (29 degree Celsius). However the humidity during this time, particularly between May to October may be considerable and can go well over 80 percent.
Since the warm waters of gulf stream passes near Bermuda, you will never find snow, frost or ice in the island although it is over 1000 miles north of Caribbean islands.
While the winter season may not be ideal for swimming in the beaches, but the time is otherwise great for other activities. Winter season is ideal for playing Golf in Bermuda, humidity remains low and it's easy to get tee time due to low tourist demands.
The hotel rates in Bermuda also go down considerably during the winter season. Winter is also great for water activities like scuba diving and snorkeling. Water visibility is excellent during this time and ranges from 150 feet to 200 feet. You will feel as if you are flying as you dive or snorkel in winter time. You will need to wear wet suits if you are planning to be in the waters for long.
Check out Bermuda Temperature Chart to know air temperature in Bermuda month by month and by time of the day.
Bermuda Weather Chart
Here is a chart showing the average monthly temperatures, rain fall and humidity in Bermuda. Check out the links to know the weather conditions for specific months.
Click on a month to see weather details for the month with pictures
Bermuda Water Temperature
Over 90% of the tourists come to Bermuda to enjoy the blue turquoise water. Bermuda remains unmatched whether you go in for swimming, snorkeling, diving or any other water sports. And the water temperature plays a key role in vacation planning as the temperature varies significantly over the year and so does the water visibility.
Check out Bermuda Water Temperature to know month by month average water temperature in Bermuda.
Rainfall in Bermuda
There is no monsoon or rainy season in Bermuda as it is not part of the Caribbean region. However, there are occasional showers which generally do not last for long. In some months you may see more rain fall than the other, but there is generally no fixed pattern. On an average, October is the wettest month of the year with an approximate rainfall of about 6 inches, while April is the driest month with about 3 inches rainfall.
There is no fresh water lake in Bermuda. So for water supply, the residents to a large extent depend on stored rain water. They use the limestone roofs to filter the rain water and usually store them into underground reservoir. Then pump them to overhead tanks to get water supply in the house. Bermuda annual rain fall is enough for the homes to plan water supply and also for sustaining the lush green foliage of the island. Check out Bermuda Rainfall Chart to know the maximum and minimum rain falls in a month and possibility of thunder storms. Also check out Bermuda Sky to know the possible sky conditions like sunshine and cloudiness in a month.
Hurricanes are the strong storms that go in circles. Hurricane season in Bermuda is from June to November. But don't worry. Usually, hurricanes in Bermuda are not as frequent or dangerous as in the Caribbean islands. They hit the US coast more than they hit Bermuda.
The reefs surrounding the Bermuda waters act as safeguards for such hurricanes. It has been observed that on an average a severe hurricane only hits the island once in every seven years. The other types of mild hurricanes which strike once every two years on an average, hardly make any damages.
This is because of two reasons:
1. The National Hurricane Center of Bermuda with its advanced technology is able to forecast and accurately pinpoint such hurricane spots and notify all well in advance. This allows all hotels, homes and other establishments to take ample measures in time.
2. By Law, all Bermuda buildings need to use limestone rocks or concrete blocks for their construction so that they are hurricane resistant.
June to November is the hurricane season in Bermuda. Check out Bermuda Hurricane to know all about hurricanes in Bermuda, past history of hurricanes in the island and the impact they caused.
Check out Bermuda Wind Chart to know the average wind speed and prevailing wind directions in Bermuda in a specific month.
There is a good news for those who suffer from Hay Fever. Bermuda can be a great place for them. Because the Rag weeds do not exist in Bermuda's air and pollens are quickly blown off to the sea. However, since the humidity in Bermuda is generally quite high, there is always mold, mildews and mites breeding which can have some adverse affect for those who are allergic to these.
Best Time To Visit Bermuda
So with all the weather information that you gathered so far from the above section, which period do you think is the best time to visit Bermuda? Well I'm sure that all will not have the same answer. After all some may prefer winter over summer, and some may even like to enjoy the island in monsoon. Having said that, most generally prefer the dry summer season when most attractions & activities in the island are open. Check out Best Time To Visit Bermuda to know more about high and low seasons in the island and what you may expect during such time.
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