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The weather in Cuba


A beach in Guanabo, Habana del Este, CubaCuba is an island located at a latitude very close to the Tropic of Cancer by which receives high values of solar radiation throughout the year resulting in a warm climate. It is oriented east-west and being a long narrow island, its entire territory is exposed to the refreshing trade winds and sea breezes. Cuban climate is usually classified as moderate subtropical, seasonally wet, with marine influence and some parts of the country show signs of semi-continental.

Notwithstanding this, there are specific areas dominated other types of climate such as the upper reaches of the main mountain ranges (Topes de Collantes, Sierra Maestra and less Viñales) or the southern coastal provinces of Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo where the climate is classified as tropical semi-dry with little rain presence.

Between November and April noticeable climate changes occur due to the influence of continental anticyclone, the passage of frontal systems and extratropical low pressure centers. By contrast, between the months of May and October the weather changes very little due to the influence of the North Atlantic anticyclone, the variations that can occur in this period are easterly waves and tropical cyclones.

Mountains in Cuba

Temperatures remain relatively high throughout the year, annual average values are 24 celsius degrees in the inland and 26 degrees celsius in the rest. In eastern typically higher. The months between November and April are less hot, is what is known as "winter" in Cuba, the rest of the year is hot and is known as "summer".

The average relative humidity is around 80%. The daily maximum usually exceeds 90% and occurs around sunrise while the daily minimum drops to 50 ~ 60% in the interior of the island around noon. In mountainous areas the relative humidity is higher. As for rainfall patterns recognizes two main periods: "rainy season" from May to October where it falls usually 80% of the annual rainfall and the rest of the year is considered the "dry season". In mountainous areas the behavior of rainfall varies and higher amounts of rainfall occurring between November and April.

Las terrazas, Pinar del Río: a paradise of ever green in Cuba

Hurricanes and hurricane season in Cuba 
Hurricanes or tropical cyclones are the most dangerous weather events affecting Cuba since they produce large losses. Human losses are extremely small and most of the time zero. The season of occurrence of such phenomena is from 1 June to 30 November of that season was never given the occurrence of them.

Photo of a hurricane in Havana

During an hurricane emergency in Cuba, despite being an overwhelming event, the risk to life is practically zero because hurricanes are monitored for 24 hours by the television and other media. In addition, the Civil Defense of Cuba is well prepared and organized for these cases and has many years of experience dealing with these situations.

Las Terrazas, natural paradise in Pinar del Río