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Trinidad and Tobago - Climate and Weather

The islands of Trinidad and Tobago have a tropical climate due to their location in the Caribbean close to the Equator, characterised by long periods of hot weather with heavy rainfall at certain times of year.

Tobago does tend to be slightly cooler than Trinidad, as it is exposed to a more constant wind from the north east. Tobago is hot and humid with a maximum temperature of around 30°C, but the average is usually 25°C. The best weather conditions fall between January and May, so it is perfect for those trying to escape the cooler conditions in more temperate climates.

Trinidad also has a hot and humid climate with temperatures only slightly higher than those in Tobago. It experiences the same wet and dry seasons as its neighbour, with high humidity levels during the rainy season. During the dry season the central part of the island will suffer drought conditions.

Neither of the islands really has a cold season and the waters around them remain warm all year round, making them an ideal destination for those who enjoy water sports such as swimming. Minimum temperatures are usually around 20°C and humidity levels are an average of 75%. Coastal areas have a slightly lower temperature due to the breezes coming in from the sea.

The dry season is between January and May, while the wet season runs from June to December. There is an average annual rainfall of around 40 inches and most parts of the country will see a decent amount of rain in the wet season. There is a certain amount of rain during the dry season but these levels are much lower than the wet season. When the rain does come it is usually heavy and intermittent and the islands are prone to storms at this time. The northern and eastern parts of both islands tend to get more rainfall than the rest of them. These are the only two seasons that really affect the weather in Trinidad and Tobago. There is no obvious winter as the fluctuations in temperature are not great enough.

There is little risk of extreme weather such as a hurricane, as the islands rest just outside the high risk area for hurricanes. However, the closeness to the hurricane danger zone means that there is always a risk of strong winds, but weather forecasts usually allow plenty of time for the islanders to prepare for the arrival of any stormy weather.

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