Seasons in Suriname

The country is located near equator. Location and strong Trade winds are forming main features of the climate of the country. In addition the country is washed by the Atlantic Ocean on its north. Coastal areas are populated while southern portion of the country is covered by savannah and rainforest. Suriname is one of countries with smallest scale of industrial deforestation.

Suriname has pronounced tropical climate. There are plenty of precipitation, high humidity and rather stable high temperatures year-round. A year is divided by two dry seasons and two rainy seasons. Average annual amount of precipitation in Paramaribo reaches 2200 mm (86.6”) and average temperature is about 27 °C (81 °F).


Weather and Climate

Spring in Suriname

About 90% of territory of the country is covered by rainforests and every year has about 200 rainy days. Thus it’s almost impossible to visit the country without being caught by rain at least once. March along with second half of February and first half of April are short gap between rainy seasons.

After middle of April tropical showers are gaining momentum while temperature at noon is about 30 °C (86 °F). Actually there will be no significant seasonal change of temperatures. Even daily difference between temperature at noon and at evening is more pronounced than annual shifts.

The climate of the spring months

(Paramaribo)

March
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +22.5 °C (72 °F)
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 121 mm (4.8")
April
Max average t°: +30.5 °C (87 °F)
Min average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 173 mm (6.8")
May
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 275 mm (10.8")

Spring holidays

Easter celebrations at March-April with movable dates.

March 2 - Holi Phagwa.

May 1 – Labor Day.

Summer in Suriname

Whole June is the peak of rainy season. In Paramaribo, the capital of the country, amount of precipitation per month may reach 305 mm (12”). At July showers are slowing down a bit yet rainy season is still here. Meantime water of the Atlantic Ocean warms up to 28 °C (82 °F).

Though this is exceptionally comfortable temperature for seaside activities travelers should rather wait till second half of August when rainy season is over. In addition visitors should mind that infrastructure of Suriname isn’t as developed as in other countries.

The climate of the summer months

(Paramaribo)

June
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 312 mm (12.3")
July
Max average t°: +31 °C (87 °F)
Min average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 214 mm (8.4")
August
Max average t°: +32 °C (89 °F)
Min average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 165 mm (6.5")


Summer holidays

July 1 – Emancipation Day.

August 9 – Indigenous People's Day.

Autumn in Suriname

Three autumn months are the best time to go to the country. Though there no completely dry season in Suriname at September and October average monthly amount of precipitation decreases to 85-90 mm (3.3-3.5”). The ocean keeps warmth gained at summer and water is just pleasant. Air temperature is slightly higher usual and it is 33 °C (91 °F).

Weather at November is slightly more humid but still pleasant. In addition there are bit more than 12 hours of daylight thus visitors have plenty time for planned activity.

The climate of the autumn months

(Paramaribo)

September
Max average t°: +33 °C (91 °F)
Min average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation:105 mm (4.1")
October
Max average t°: +33 °C (91 °F)
Min average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 103 mm (4.0")
November
Max average t°: +32 °C (89 °F)
Min average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 117 mm (4.6")

Autumn holidays

October 10 – Maroons Day.

November 7 – Divali.

November 25 – Republic Day.

Winter in Suriname

December brings second rainy season to the country. Amount of precipitation increases while temperatures of air and water as well as amount of daylight hours are decreased. Yet changes of every parameter except precipitation are insignificant. Second rainy season reaches its peak at January and gradually slows down.

At second half of February rainy season is gone. From now and till second half of April there is suitable gap to visit Suriname with relative comfort. Air and water at this time are as comfortable as they were at previous dry season.

The climate of the winter months

(Paramaribo)

December
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 174 mm (6.9")
January
Max average t°: +29.5 °C (85 °F)
Min average t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 209 mm (8.2")
February
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 135 mm (5.3")

Winter holidays

December 25-26 – Chtismas.

January 1 – New Year's Day.