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Rainy Season

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Rainy Season

I was reading on a website that Jamaica has two rainy seasons May-June and September-November. How true is this?

I was really planning on booking a trip (May 24-28) to IRH Suites and I am fearful that it will rain for our entire visit. I would hate to book day trips/excursions and it's raining. Would it be best to wait and book our activities once we arrive?

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1. Re: Rainy Season

Rainy season is in fact May to November actually....with Hurricane season July, Aug, Sept, Oct. Nov.

I've been to Jamaica dozens of times in May. I like it. When it calls for rain it usually means rain for some period of time somewhere on the island.

May you usually get 1/2 hour rain in the afternoon.

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We always travel in May and October. Never had a full day of rain yet and we go for 2 weeks at a time. We get an afternoon rain at times, but usually that is when we go to our room and get ready to go to the bar for a few drinks before we have dinner.

Afew times I stayed in the rain when I saw the clouds were quickly passing by.

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we've been to Jamaica in October and usually has a quick rainshower in the afternoon then clears up and becomes sunny again.

We just returned from Montego Bay 2 weeks ago and there was a "cold front"- it was quite chilly and windy in the evenings.

Glad you posted this topic because I am going to book another trip to Jamaica- either at one of the SANDALS in Mobay( we loved it) or one of the Iberostar's.Since it will be hurricane/rainy season, our strategy is to book as last minute as possible. We track the weather closely on the National Hurricane Center site and they predict usually within 1 wk if a hurricane is heading towards a certain location and on what day. Since my BF and I can take off from work whenever we like, we will book as last minute as 1 week before we leave to a couple of days before.

Also we are always aware that during rainy/hurricane season, we may be faced with cloudy skies or rain showers.

Edited: 23 March 2010, 22:31
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I would never, under any circumstances, make a vacation decision based on weather forecasts - no matter how close it was to the date.

The forecasts for Jamaica are terrible. Even worse, they apply localized (bad) weather forecasts to areas that are miles and miles away. The weather moves quickly in Jamaica and it can literally be pouring a mile away from bright sunshine.

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