If you’re a globetrotter looking for the next country to explore or simply in need of a relaxing vacation, Belize would be it. Among its many charms and natural attractions, Belize weather is one thing that draws people to the tiny country. The Belize climate can be defined as sub-tropical, which boasts of an average temperature of 29°C/84°F annually. Belize owes its enviable tropical climate to its unique location (between 16° and 18° north latitude).
The Belize climate ranges between hot and humid, from May to September, to cool which is often between December and March. Thanks to the coastal sea breezes, the hottest and most humid months tend to seem cooler, while the colder months are quite comfortable. The temperature in Belize rarely falls below 16°C/60°F. Temperatures tend to range between 21°C/ 70°F and 32°C/90°F.
Beyond rainy and dry, here is how many of us jokingly refer to our seasons.
Windswept – March to May
Rainy and Hurricane – June to November
Skeeter – August to October (thrown in there due to rain)
Brisk – December to February
Regardless of the seasons, the Belize climate is generally mild and comfortable, making it suitable year-round.
Best Time to Visit Belize
Many travelers would weigh-in that the best time to go to Belize is often during the dry season, between February and May. Year-round visits have their benefits, especially if you are planning a move or want to take in specific events like the big San Pedro Lobsterfest Block party held annually in June.
The high season, with the most visits to Belize, is generally between December and January, therefore, accommodations are more expensive. If you are traveling on a budget, try and plan your trip in the low season. May and June are the perfect windows to travel cheap and experience a less crowded Belize. The only downside to visiting during this time is the rain, although generally, it tends to be short heavy bursts.
Current Ambergris Caye Weather Conditions
Since a large portion of travelers head to Ambergris Caye, here are the current island weather conditions (click on image for full forecast).
Another great and reliable weather site is Windfinder.com. Click through for the wind, waves & weather forecast for Ambergris Caye and San Pedro. This is the official site that the Belize Sailing Center uses and they even offeered my readers an inside tip that works if you are already here. The weather algorithm they use is 98%, but the day it’s not matching our current weather, you know the 5 day forecast will be wrong. Example: when they forecast 14knts and it’s not happening, you know the 5 day forecast after is wrong. It will be will be corrected the following day when new weather data is updated.
Belize Weather by District
The climate in Corozal is usually hot and dry. The temperature in Corozal varies very little throughout the year. It typically ranges from 20°C/68°F to 31°C/89°F. Rainy season in Corozal is from May to November. The chance of rain on any given day is 33% higher than during the dry season but goes up to 57% towards the end of September.
Orange Walk Weather
In Orange Walk, the temperature varies from 19°C/66°F to 33°C/91°F. The hottest period is from April to June with an average daily high temperature of 32°C/89°F.
The coldest time of the year is usually in mid-January, with an average low of 19°C/66°F and high of 28°C/82°F. Orange Walk is blessed with rain throughout the year. Most of the rain falls during late September, with the least rainfall in March.
San Pedro Weather
The highest temperatures in San Pedro are usually between June to October with August being the hottest month with highs at 31°C/ 88°F with the overnight low only going down to 27°C/80°F.
The cool season lasts from December to March , with an average daily high temperature 28°C/82°F and a low of 22°C/72°F The coldest day of the year is usually in January with the day time high of 26°C/78°F and low at 21°C/70°F . The lowest temperature recorded in San Pedro was 16°C/61°F in January 2019. The wet season lasts from June to November. The chance of a wet day peaks at 50% in September. The dry season lasts 6.3 months, from December to May, with the least likelihood of rain in March.
Caye Caulker Weather
The highest temperature in Caye Caulker is 31°C/88°F which is usually in May. The lowest normally seen is 21°C/70°F in January. May to October are the warmest months but also the wettest, with only an average of 5-6 days without rain throughout those months. September typically has the most rainfall and April has the least.
Belmopan’s warmest months are from March to June. They are hot and often cloudy; the winter months are clear. Over the course of the year, the temperatures typically vary from 18°C/65°F to 34°C/93°F but have been known to get down to 15°C/59°F or up to 36°C/98°F. January tends to have the coolest temperatures. The rainy season is from May to November, with a 28% higher chance of precipitation at some point during the day than in the dry season.
Dangriga has long hot summers (May to October) with temperatures ranging from 26°C/79°F to 31°C/88°F The yearly averages in Dangriga are from 21°C/70°F to 32°C/89°F
The cool season is from December to February, with an average daily high temperature of 28°C/82°F. The coldest day of the year is typically in January when it can dip a little lower than 21°C/70°F .
The wet season is from late May to January. The wettest month is September. The dry season is from February to early May with the driest month occurring in April.
The annual average temperature in Placencia typically varies from 22°C/72°F to 31°C/88°F.
The hottest period is from May to October, with the daily high temperature of 30°C/86°F. The hottest day usually occurs in September. The cool season lasts from December to February. The daily high temperature average for this period is 27°C/81°F. Mid-January tends to bear the coldest day.
May to January is the rainy season In Placencia. The wettest month is September, which sees a 41% higher chance of rain than in the dry season. The driest month is April.
Punta Gorda Weather
Punta Gorda summers are short (from April to June). The average temperature typically varies from 20°C/69°F to 32°C/90°F but can dip below 17°C/64°F or rise above 34°C/94°F (which usually occurs in May) The cool season is from November to February, with an average daily high temperature below 83°F. The coldest day of the year is January 15, with an average low of 69°F and high of 81°F.
The wettest months are May to December. September typically sees the most rain.
The driest month in Punta Gorda is March.
For more countrywide Belize Weather, visit the Belize National Meteorological Service website.