The climate of U.S. Virgin Islands
The United States Virgin Islands are part of the Virgin Islands and
were a Danish colony for decades until Denmark sold the islands to the
United States of America. A long time ago the islands were a Dutch
colony. The United States Virgin Islands have a tropical savannah
climate type Aw according to the Köppen-Geiger climate classification.
The average maximum temperatures show little variation. During the
warmest time of the day temperatures are around 29-33 degrees Celsius
on average. An ever present trade wind combined with the warm sea
water (26-29 degrees Celsius on average) is responsible for moderated
temperatures. Temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius are uncommon.
Climate information on cities and regions on the
United States Virgin Islands
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 U.S. Virgin Islands the following climate
information is available:
The US Virgin Islands have a dry season that lasts from the end of
December till Early August. Within this season the month of May is a
little wetter. The months of February and March are the driest with
less than 40 millimeters of rain on average per month. In mid-August
the wet period starts. However, precipitation figures are still low so
‘wet season’ is not really the correct term. Multiple showers per day
are not uncommon, during the dry season this is mainly limited to one
shower per day. About 960 millimeters of rain falls on average on a
yearly basis. However, the wettest areas on the US Virgin Islands get
about 300-400 millimeters more rain. The driest periods can record
about 800 millimeters of rain. The US Virgin Islands are too warm for
During the day temperatures are between 30 and 33 degrees Celsius. A
peak in temperature of 34-35 degrees Celsius is not uncommon. Chances
of very warm weather are smallest in December, January and February.
Minimum temperatures are between 22 and 26 degrees Celsius with the
occasional low. The lowest temperature on record for the US Virgin
Islands is 11.1 degrees Celsius. The highest temperature for the US
Virgin Islands is 37.2 degrees Celsius.
The US Virgin Islands are mostly influenced by a north east trade
wind. During some of the years the trade wind comes from the east or
the south east. The trade wind is ever present on the eastern part of
the islands. The western parts are more on the lee-side. Sometimes a
tropical storm forms from a tropical depression with destructive wind
speeds. A hurricane in the vicinity may cause tidal waves that can
cause major destruction along the coastline. There is an ever present
chance that cruise ships have to change their schedule because of
hurricanes. The US Virgin Islands are visited a lot by cruise ships.
Because of bad weather they might be forced to sail to another port on
the US Virgin Islands. It can also happen that they are forced to be
anchored for a day longer. On the other hand it is also possible that
they avoid the US Virgin Islands altogether because of hurricanes.
Several climate figures and temperatures can be found for the US
Virgin Islands. The figures below are an average for the capital
Charlotte Amelie and cannot be seen as an average for the entire
archipelago. Climate information on specific places and regions is
shown on the pages per place.
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
capital of Charlotte Amelie. Climate information on specific places
and regions is shown on the pages per place.
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