Learn about the weather in Cuba, and the best time for beach holidays with details on climate, seasons, monthly weather, hurricane season, and local weather forecasts.
Cuba has a great tropical climate with very little in weather variations during the year. On average the temperature is around 25 C (77F) with the sun shining nearly 365 days of the year.
Water temperatures are normally between 25 C (77F) and 30 C (86F), perfect for swimming.
Cuba has two main weather patterns that dictate their tourism. Dry season starts in December and goes through till April, while the wet season starts in May and goes through till November.
Hurricane season is found within wet season and generally goes from late August until the middle of November, but there have been some in June not too long ago.
May to November is summer and rainy season with maximum temperatures always near 30 C (86F) with lows around 23 C (73F).
Youll find the coast is rainer. If you come from a country with a typically chilled climate then summers in Cuba might be too harsh for you. Temperatures in Cuba during summers can reach highs of 35 degrees (95F) during daytime.
Upon nightfall, temperatures lower to around 25 degrees (77F), which is more bearable.
No need to be afraid, if you do happen to be in a hurricane like we were you should be ok. Buildings are mostly quite solid, we were in central Havana when hurricane Irma hit, we were fine.
You need to be careful in cities like Havana, keep inside and don’t walk around streets unless you have a hard hat. You run the risk of pieces of concrete landing on your head. Cuba has been through many of these storms and is well prepared.
We only lost power for 2 days. Water is usually pumped up to a header tank so always spare water to last a few days. The authorities give you good warning to allow for extra shopping and storing water in buckets for your toilet.
Each month of the year in Cuba has it’s own advantages and disadvantages. Generally though, tourist love the weather from December through April,. Those who visit from from May through November are generally like the pricing and the fact that good pockets of weather can still be found for weekly vacations.
January is one of the coldest or coolest months of the year. It’s also in the dry season making it the perfect month for travelling to Cuba. However, this month is super busy, hotels and casa’s will be fully booked, so plan well in advance.
The temperature ranges from 16 degrees C (60F), which is the lowest temperature of the year, to 26 degrees C (78F).january receives an average of 7 hours of sunshine.
February is another rather dry month in Havana and a good time to travel to Cuba, as it has an average temperature hitting the lowest at 18 degrees (64F) and increasing to 27 degrees (80F).
If youre not a fan of rainfall and wish to enjoy a calm, slightly breezy weather in Cuba then make sure to travel to Havana in this month. The temperature is perfectly moderate since it marks the end of winter and transforms into spring, this means it could be expected to get slightly warmer as well, at least in the day time.
February comes with about 5 days of rain.
March brings in the arrival of spring, it’s still the dry season with cool or slightly cool days. The month is a little bit warmer with temperatures ranging from the lowest at 20 degrees (68F) to 28
This is a more favorable season with a warmer, sunnier weather that is perfect for traveling to Cuba. March receives an average of 9 hours of sunshine.
April in Cuba is the last month of dry season where temps start to rise. The temperature in April is at 20 degrees (68F) and increases to 30 degree (86F) on average.
You can expect around 3 days of rain in April.
As spring season comes to an end, May is the start of rainy season, but it’s not cold at all. Temperatures range from 22 degrees (71F) to 31 degrees (87F).
You can expect long, warm days with around 10 hours of sunshine. This is the perfect weather to experience the colours and vibrancy of Cuba and enjoy the beautiful architecture it has to offer.
The first month of summer brings high levels of rainfall, with at least 14 days of rain in June. The weather is now getting hot with temperatures ranging from 23 degrees (73F) to 32 degrees (89F).
If youre traveling to Cuba, make sure to gear up for hot weather with all the essentials.
In July the days get longer with around 11 hours of sunshine with slightly less rain then June. With temperatures ranging from 23 degree (73F) and hitting highs of 32 degrees (89F) it’s still hot.
Showers may occur in the afternoon with 12 days of rain in July. It’s also the start of hurricane season.
Temperatures rise again making it a perfect time to go swimming in the ocean and experience the underwater world. Temperatures ranging around 24 degrees (75F) while it reaches a high of 32 degrees (89F).
Higher risk of cyclones, hurricanes and tropical storms at this time of the year.
September is the rainiest month in Cuba so expect a lot of precipitation in this month. Temperatures range from 22 degrees (71F) and reaches 31 degrees (87F).
Hurricane Irma hit Cuba on September 5th. Still an excellent time of the year to holiday in Varadero with sea temps at their best for swimming.
This is the last month of the rainy season with a high chance of tropical storms usually in the afternoon and don’t last too long. The temperature ranges from 21 degrees (69F) to 30 degrees (86F).
You can expect an average of 8 hours of sunlight during the day to enjoy. Still a great time for swimming at the beach.
The weather in November can be quite changeable, it’s the end of the hot rainy season and the start of the dry cooler season. Cuba experiences a temperature at its lowest at 19 degrees (66F) while it may rise in the daytime up to 28 degrees (82F).
While most tourists prefer experiencing summer, the late autumn is also a great time to travel to Cuba and experience the delightful weather.
December’s arrival brings lovely weather. The days cool off with less sunlight and more of a chilly breeze in the air. The lowest temperature on an average during December is around 18 degrees (64F) while the high is 27 degrees (80F).
There is little rain in December. The weather in Cuba at Christmas time is perfect. While many people prefer experiencing the city in all its summer vibrancy, it is an ideal winter destination because of the number of festivals that take place here in the winters.
One of the main reasons why tourists prefer traveling to Havana in winters is because of the massive, Havana Film Festival that takes place during this time of the year. The festival celebrates the long legacy of Cuban film industry and all the achievements that it has accomplished in the years.
Local Weather Forecasts
Check below for a 7 day weather forecast in the main cities of Havana, Trinidad, Vinales, Cienfuegos, Varadero, Camaguey, Holguin, Santa Clara and Santiago de Cuba.