Weather in the Bahamas

island holiday in the BahamasThe Weather in the Bahamas is ideal for those on holiday. The islands are situated at the top of the Caribbean, just east of Florida and are made up of over 700 islands, each of which have a similar climate. The climate in the Bahamas is moderated by the Gulf Stream and the weather is slightly cooler than other Caribbean islands due to their northerly location.

Average temperatures in the summer range from 27 to 32 degrees Celsius (80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit). In the winter holiday makers can expect temperatures of 21 to 27 degrees Celsius (70 to 90 degrees Farhrenheit). The constant breezes cool the temperature during the day and night. The islands experience some humidity however, which can make the temperature feel higher than it is.

The rainy season in the Bahamas runs from May to October, and October and June are the wettest two months. Despite many rainy days, the Bahamas have around 310 days of sunshine each year. Hurricanes are not a major risk in the Bahamas but the generally miss them, heading to the west towards the United States. 

 

When is the best time to go to the Bahamas

The Bahamas is a year-round destination, and is most popular in the winter months (October to April) when holiday makers escape the winter weather at home. The summer is off-season in the Bahamas and it is possible to get better holiday deals. Those going on holiday to the Bahamas in the summer season also have the benefit of fewer crowds and empty beaches. 
 

Climate and Weather in the Bahamas in January

Average temperature in the Bahamas in January: 17 to 25°C, 64 to 77 °F
Sea temperature in the Bahamas in January: 24°C, 75°F
Average rainfall in January: 48mm, 1.9in
Note: January is a popular month to visit the Bahamas and hotels need to book hotels in advance. 
Events: There is a Mardi-Gras type of festival which takes place over New Year in Nassau and Freeport and other islands. The New Year's Day sailing regatta takes place around Nassau and Paradise islands. 
 

Climate and Weather in the Bahamas in February

Average temperature in the Bahamas in February: 17 to 25°C, 64 to 77 °F 

Sea temperature in the Bahamas in February: 24°C, 75°F
Average rainfall in February: 48mm, 1.9in

Note: February is a popular month to visit the Bahamas and hotels need to book hotels in advance. 
Events: Anglers converge on Bimini island for the mid-winter Wahoo.
 

Climate and Weather in the Bahamas in March

Average temperature in the Bahamas in March: 19 to 27°C, 66 to 81°F 

Sea temperature in the Bahamas in March: 24°C, 75°F
Average rainfall in March: 35mm, 1.4in

Note: It is spring-break season in the Bahamas from the beginning of March and into mid-April and holiday makers can expect to see lots of college and high school students. Before booking your hotel rooms, it is worth checking with your hotel to see if there are any big groups booked in.
Event: Bacardi Billfish Tournament: portlucayamarina.com

 

Climate and Weather in the Bahamas in April

Average temperature in the Bahamas in April: 17 to 25°C, 68 to 82°F 

Sea temperature in the Bahamas in April: 25°C, 77°F
Average rainfall in April: 48mm, 1.9in

Events: The Bahamas Billfish Tournament takes place in April: www.bahamasbillfish.com

Note that the US college spring-break runs into mid-April.

 

Climate and Weather in the Bahamas in May

Average temperature in the Bahamas in May: 22 to 29°C, 72 to 84°F 

Sea temperature in the Bahamas in May: 26°C, 79°F
Average rainfall in May: 123mm, 4.8in

Events: The Long Island Regatta usually takes place in late May

 

Climate and Weather in the Bahamas in June

Average temperature in the Bahamas in June: 24 to 31°C, 75 to 88°F 

Sea temperature in the Bahamas in June: 27°C, 81°F
Average rainfall in June: 234mm, 9.2in

 

Climate and Weather in the Bahamas in July

Average temperature in the Bahamas in July: 24 to 31°C, 75 to 88°F 

Sea temperature in the Bahamas in July: 24°C, 84°F
Average rainfall in July: 155mm, 6.1in
Events: Regatta Time in Abaco (early July); Independence Day (July 10); Cat Island Regatta (late July or early August). 

 

Climate and Weather in the Bahamas in August

Average temperature in the Bahamas in August: 24 to 32°C, 75 to 90°F 

Sea temperature in the Bahamas in August: 29°C, 84°F
Average rainfall in August: 160mm, 6.3in

Events: Emancipation Day is on the first Monday in August and commemorates the emancipation of slaves in 1834.
 

Climate and Weather in the Bahamas in September

Average temperature in the Bahamas in September: 24 to 31°C, 75 to 88°F 

Sea temperature in the Bahamas in September: 29°C, 84°F
Average rainfall in September: 191mm, 7.5in
Events: The All Abaco Regatta takes place at Treasure Cay Harbour in late September.

 

Climate and Weather in the Bahamas in October

Average temperature in the Bahamas in October: 23 to 30°C, 73 to 86°F 
Sea temperature in the Bahamas in October: 28°C, 82°F

Average rainfall in October: 221mm, 8.7in
Events: On 12 October the Bahamas celebrates Discovery Day, the day when Christopher Columbus is said to have first landed on the island of San Salvador.

 

Climate and Weather in the Bahamas in November

Average temperature in the Bahamas in November: 20 to 27°C, 68 to 81°F 

Sea temperature in the Bahamas in November: 26°C, 79°F
Average rainfall in November: 58mm, 2.3in
Events: Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated on 5 November with the best celebrations in Nassau.
 

Climate and Weather in the Bahamas in December

Average temperature in the Bahamas in December: 18 to 26°C, 64 to 79°F 

Sea temperature in the Bahamas in December: 25°C, 77°F
Average rainfall in December: 40mm, 1.6in

Events: Junkanoo Boxing Day, parades and celebrations on all the islands (26 Dec). There are similar celebrations on New Year's Eve. 
Note that the islands are at their busiest over Christmas and New Year and hotels will need to be booked well in advance.