The climate of Belize
Belize is located south east of Mexico in Central America. Because of
its location on the Gulf of Honduras Belize is situated on an
important supply route for hurricanes. This destroying natural
phenomenon unfortunately has left its mark on the history of Belize.
According to the Köppen-Geiger climate classification Belize only has
tropical climate zones. Varying from a tropical rainforest climate
(type Af), a tropical monsoon climate (type Am) to a tropical savannah
climate (type Aw). The exact climate type is determined by the
distance to the coast, the degree of latitude, the altitude and
whether there are mountains in the vicinity. The highest places in
Belize can be found in the Maya mountain range. The highest peaks here
are at an altitude of 1,122 meters, which is rather low by Central
Climate information of places and areas in Belize
The climate information on this page is only brief. Specific
information about weather and climate can be found on the climate
pages per area or town. As for Belize the following climate
information is available:
Temperatures in Belize are around tropical values all year round.
During the day temperatures are around 30 degrees Celsius. Minimum
temperatures are 20-24 degrees Celsius. During the winter, which is
the dry period in Belize temperatures are a little lower at 27-28
degrees Celsius. During the summer temperatures are about 31 degrees
Celsius on average. In the interior temperatures may be a little
higher (35-36 degrees Celsius) in the warmest places in Belize. The
highest places in the Maya mountain range are a little colder than in
the rest of Belize. The differences depend on the altitude and are
usually a few degrees.
The total amount of annual rain varies a lot. The driest parts of
Belize are the north and the north west; they get 1,350-1,600
millimeters of rain per year. The southern tip of Belize gets about
4,500 millimeters of rain per year. This is also the area where the
amount of rain per month varies least; the southern part of Belize has
a tropical rainforest climate. The rest of the country has a distinct
wet and dry period. The rainy season is from the second part of May
till December. The rainy season here lasts longer than in other parts
of Central America. In the most southern part of Belize the rainy
season even lasts till February. However, during the months of July
and August the intensity of the precipitation decreases; there is a
short dry period then. However, the area still gets about 200
millimeters of rain.
Belize gets hit by tropical storms and depressions on a regular basis.
During the Atlantic hurricane season from June till December chances
of heavy rain and storms are high, especially in the north eastern
part and the coastal areas. Every now and then a low pressure area
becomes a hurricane that reaches Belize. The risk of hurricanes is the
reason why Belmopan is the capital of Belize nowadays. In 1961 the
disastrous hurricane Hattie hit the capital of Belize which was Belize
City then. The situation on the coast and because it is below sea
level simply makes Belize City too vulnerable to be the capital of
Belize. However, it still is the largest city. In 1970 Belmopan became
the capital of Belize. Nowadays it is among the smallest capitals in
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate
records. They are an average for the capital Belmopan and cannot be
seen as an average for Belize. Please visit the individual pages for
climate information on other places and regions in Belize.
More climate information
Climate tables are useful but they don’t give an overall picture of
the climate and possible weather conditions during a period of time.
How high the chances are of hot or cold weather or hurricanes can
often not be found in these tables. This is why we offer extra climate
information per month. The information below is an average for the
Please visit the individual pages for climate information on other
places and regions in Belize
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