Anguilla Weather and Climate
Anguilla is a British overseas territory in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. The size of the main island is around 90 square kilometers and the other, larger secondary islands include the north-west Dog Island and the north-east Scrub Island. There are also over 20 other cays and islands in this area. Anguilla is bordered by St. Maarten to the south and St. Kitts and Nevis to the southeast.
The island consists mostly of limestone and coral. Furthermore, it is relatively flat and fine, white beaches surround the island. The soil is just barely overgrown and therefore not very fertile.
Anguilla has internal autonomy and is therefore associated with the EU. Furthermore, the country belongs to the Caribbean Community and is, among other things, a member of the Organization of East Caribbean States.
Anguilla has a population of around 13,600, with the largest settlement in South Hill, with just under 1,700. The language of most of the residents in this area is English.
Climate in Anguilla
Anguilla has a tropical climate and the temperature fluctuations are very low due to the trade winds and the proximity to the equator. The average temperature is around 27 ° C. Even in the winter months from December to March, the maximum temperature usually does not rise above 30 degrees. At this time, however, the nights are relatively cool with only around twenty ° C.
In the summer months from June to October, temperatures regularly rise above 30 degrees. During this time, the temperatures do not fall below 22 degrees Celsius, even at night. The annual hurricane season in the Caribbean, which affects Anguilla, also falls within this period.
Even if the island is not hit by cyclones very often, the weather is somewhat unpredictable during the summer. The humidity is extremely high, it is often humid and hot and it rains more often, especially between August and November.
When is the best time to visit Anguilla?
Especially in the winter months the weather can be very pleasant and dry. Therefore, the best time to travel to Anguilla is between mid-December and the end of April. At this time, the temperatures at night are also very pleasant. If a beach holiday is planned, this is possible all year round with a water temperature of around 25 ° Celsius.
When fishing or diving, the wetter summer months should be chosen, as the water is usually calmer and most schools of fish are in the waters around the island. However, if you travel during the hurricane season from June to November, you should always keep an eye on the current weather forecasts.
Temperatures, rainfall in The Valley (Anguilla)
|Daytime temperature||28 ° C||28 ° C||28 ° C||28 ° C||30 ° C||31 ° C||31 ° C||31 ° C||31 ° C||30 ° C||29 ° C||28 ° C|
|Night temperature||23 ° C||23 ° C||23 ° C||25 ° C||25 ° C||26 ° C||26 ° C||26 ° C||26 ° C||26 ° C||25 ° C||24 ° C|
|Water temperature||26 ° C||26 ° C||26 ° C||27 ° C||28 ° C||28 ° C||29 ° C||29 ° C||29 ° C||29 ° C||29 ° C||27 ° C|
|Precipitation in mm||70||40||40||70||90||70||80||110||110||90||110||90|
The average annual temperature in The Valley is 27.3 ° C. For comparison: Munich reaches an average of 8.6 ° C, in Berlin it is 9.6 ° C. The warmest month is July (29 ° C), coldest month of January with mean values of 26 ° C. The maximum water temperature in The Valley is 29 ° C. Comfortable bathing is possible at these temperatures. All months have a water temperature of at least 21 ° C and are therefore suitable for a beach holiday.
The annual precipitation is 970 mm. For comparison: In Munich, 967 mm, in Berlin 570 mm, precipitation is measured annually. There is no rainy season, i.e. months with more than 175 mm of precipitation. You cannot expect snow in any month in The Valley.
Sights & attractions
Especially in the historical area there is a lot on offer in this country. The Old Valley is one of the oldest buildings in Anguilla. Another attraction is the Crocus Bay, a beautiful bay which is only around 65 meters above sea level. The Wallblake House is one of the oldest plantation houses in Anguilla and one of the fewest in the entire Caribbean.
If fishing is a recreational activity, Island Harbor, a lovely fishing village in the east end of Anguilla, would be recommended. Another interesting place to visit is the Heritage Museum, which houses some of the most important historical documents, including everyday items from early settlers and artifacts from the Arawak Indians.