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Weather & Climate

Located just 11° north of the equator, Tobago enjoys a tropical climate with bright sunshine all year round. The average daytime temperature is 29°C (83°F), with normal maximums in the low to mid-30s. The northeast trade winds cool the island so effectively that air-conditioning is often not the critical essential that visitors might imagine. In fact, air-conditioning is the exception rather than the rule in older properties as their location was invariably chosen to take maximum advantage of the prevailing winds.

Tobago has two seasons. The Dry Season runs between December and May and is normally dry and sunny, although rain can be experienced, particulary overnight and just before dawn. The Wet Season is sometimes known as the Hurricane Season and runs between June and November. Although temperatures are fairly consistent throughout the year, changes in the direction and strength of the winds make the summer months feel hotter than the winter months.

Tobago lies outside the main hurricane belt. Hurricanes do not form at latitudes lower than 10 degrees north or south. Tobago also has fewer autumn storms than the more northerly islands. Prior to Hurricane Flora in 1963, Tobago hadn't experienced a hurricane for a hundred years. Hurricane Ivan, in 2004, uprooted a few trees but caused no major structural damage on the island. All the Caribbean islands to the north of Tobago have regular storms and hurricanes.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temperature (°C) 29 30 31 31 31 30 31 31 31 31 31 29
Temperature (°F) 85 86 87 88 88 86 87 88 88 87 87 85
Sunshine 7 8 8 8 8 6 7 7 7 7 7 7
Rainfall (mm) 71 43 31 46 112 254 249 239 183 178 198 147
Rainfall (inches) 2.8 1.7 1.2 1.8 4.4 10 9.8 9.4 7.2 7.0 7.8 5.8

We extend our deepest gratitude to Paul Tallet, a regular visitor to Tobago, for his weekly weather forecasts. Paul is an amateur weather enthusiast who does his best to provide a simple guide to the Tobago weather outlook each week. It is therefore only fair to state the disclaimer that neither Paul, nor this website, can guarantee the accuracy of these weather reports.

Tobago lies outside the main hurricane belt, so hurricanes are not a major issue, normally. However, hurricanes further north can affect the island. So, Paul also provides regular warning and updates on impending storm conditions.

Normal weather reports will be found in the Liquid Sunshine topic of our forum. Hurricane warnings can be found in the Hurricane Season topic of the forum. The most recent updates are provided below.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

It is my sad duty to inform readers that Paul Tallet is terminally ill with stage IV cancer in the pancreas, liver and lymph nodes.

Paul has been a regular visitor to Tobago for the past 21 years and joined this forum 18 years ago. He has posted more than 3,640 posts since then, so his massive contribution to our little community is plain to see. Paul will undoubtedly be best remembered for his comprehensive weekly Tobago hurricane and weather forecasts.

Surprisingly, Paul and I have only met in person a couple of times. Despite that, we have shared many thousands of words in posts and emails making him a friend of long standing. The news is still fresh, and I am frankly at a loss for words. I do not want this to read like an obituary.

What I must say, however, is that the correspondence we have shared over the past few days show what a remarkably brave and resilient chap Paul is. Notifying people of something like this cannot be easy and so I appreciate his sentiment “I would rather be cracking jokes about cancer than going through this process”. His apologies for being unable to continue the weather forecasts almost brought me to tears.

Paul – thanks for your amazing contribution over the years. Our hearts go out to you and your family.