Seasons in Haiti

The Republic of Haiti lies in the zone of tropical trade-wind climate with average annual temperature about 25 °C (77 °F) and relatively minor seasonal shifts of it. At august, the hottest month, temperature rises to about 31 °C (88 °F) but sea winds are easing the heat.

January is the coldest month with average temperature about 22 °C (72 °F). Water is warm year-round with average temperature equal to air (25 °C; 77 °F) and occasional warming up to 32 °C (90 °F). in mountainous regions weather depends on altitudinal zonality and in highest locations may drop below zero (32 °F) at winter.

Visiting the country may be unsafe due to several issues with hygiene and unstable political situation. Travelers should take precaution measures against rabies, hepatitis B, dengue fever and meningococcal meningitis. Also strongly recommended to prefer bottled water, tap water isn’t filtrated.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Haiti

March is the last month of the High Season. Temperature of air is about 32 °C (90 °F) with low level and frequency of precipitation. Rainy season is yet to come. At April High Season come to an end while temperature of air reaches 33 °C (91 °F) and water warms up to 27 °C (81 °F). Such conditions aren’t as comfortable as they may seem due to increased humidity.

At May it gets even damper. Rainy season have started so frequency and intensity of showers increases dramatically. Also winds go stronger with gusts to 10 m/sec (22.3 mph). Showers occur mainly after noon and last for hour or two with high probability of fogs.

The climate of the spring months

(Port-au-Prince)

March
Max average t°: +32 °C (89 °F)
Min average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Water t°: +27.5 °C (81 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 44 mm (1.7")
April
Max average t°: +32 °C (89 °F)
Min average t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Water t°: +28 °C (82 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 97 mm (3.8")
May
Max average t°: +32 °C (90 °F)
Min average t°: +22 °C (71 °F)
Water t°: +28.5 °C (83 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 129 mm (5.1")

Spring holidays

May 1 – Labour and Agriculture Day.

May 18 – Flag and Universities' Day.

Summer in Haiti

Weather at June is literally same as at May except possible leaps of temperature to 36 °C (97 °F). Devastating blend of heat and humidity makes staying in the country very uncomfortable. At July rainy season reaches its peak with the most intensive showers.

Meantime water warms up to 28 °C (82 °F) but it is better to plan seaside vacation on other seasons due to probability of tropical hurricanes. At August rains are losing some intensity but hurricanes are still possible. Also temperature drops to about 32 °C (90 °F).

The climate of the summer months

(Port-au-Prince)

June
Max average t°: +33 °C (92 °F)
Min average t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Water t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 90 mm (3.5")
July
Max average t°: +34 °C (93 °F)
Min average t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Water t°: +29 °C (86 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10.5 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 125 mm (4.9")
August
Max average t°: +34 °C (93 °F)
Min average t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Water t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9.5 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation:150 mm (5.9")


Summer holidays

June 27 – Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

August 15 – Assumption of Mary.

Autumn in Haiti

September is considered as another summer month. Weather conditions are the same with [possible leaps of temperature to 37 °C (99 °F) and humidity up to 76%. October is slightly cooler but this month considered as peak of season of hurricanes. At September of 1998 and 2004 the island survived devastating storms Jorge and Jane so it will be better to visit Haiti in other time.

November brings awaited calmness. Amount of precipitation decreases by half and temperature never rises above 32 °C (90 °F). Winds stop raging and by the end of October weather is perfectly fine for voyage to Haiti or at least significantly safer.

The climate of the autumn months

(Port-au-Prince)

September
Max average t°: +33 °C (92 °F)
Min average t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Water t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 11 days
Precipitation: 140 mm (5.5")
October
Max average t°: +32.5 °C (91 °F)
Min average t°: +22 °C (71 °F)
Water t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 120 mm (4.7")
November
Max average t°: +31 °C (89 °F)
Min average t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Water t°: +29.5 °C (85 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 109 mm (4.3")

Autumn holidays

October 17 – Dessalines Day.

November 1 – All Saints Day.
November 2 – All Souls' Day.
November 18 – Battle of Vertières Day.

Winter in Haiti

Winter in Haiti is the heist of tourists season so pricing elevates. Weather at this time is mild without heat and extreme humidity. Sunbathing and swimming are complete pleasure. Temperature is in comfortable range between 20 and 30 °C (68-86 °F) and even at noon it is pleasant due to sea winds and relatively low humidity. Rain and strong winds are possible but unlikely.

All three of winter month have same weather unless February is slightly cooler than other two. And also February is the driest month in a year. So in terms of weather (aside unstable political situation, poverty and other issues) Haiti is good place to celebrate Christmas.

The climate of the winter months

(Port-au-Prince)

December
Max average t°: +31 °C (87 °F)
Min average t°: +20 °C (67 °F)
Water t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 31 mm (1.2")
January
Max average t°: +31 °C (87 °F)
Min average t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Water t°: +28 °C (82 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 31 mm (1.2")
February
Max average t°: +31 °C (88 °F)
Min average t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Water t°: +27.5 °C (81.5 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 47 mm (1.85")

Winter holidays

December 5 – Discovery Day.
December 25 – Christmas.

January 1 – New Year's Day and Independence Day.
January 2 – Ancestry Day.
January 6 – Epiphany.