St. Martin / St. Maarten Travel Weather




What's the Weather Like When Traveling to St. Martin / St. Maarten?

St. Martin / St. Maarten is one of the Leeward islands located in the northeastern Caribbean. It is divided roughly in half with the French side to the north and Dutch side to the south. It has a population of about 80,000, also almost divided evenly between the french and dutch sides. It has many beautiful bays and white sand beaches including the famous orient beach. It is also home to Princess Juliana International Airport. This airport has been popularized because of its close proximinity to the beach. Crowds are attracted to the large aircraft that pass very close above.

St Maarten is characterized by a tropical moonsoon climate. This indicates warm temperatures all year, with a pronounced wet and dry season. Tropical storms and hurricanes occasionally affect the Leewards with the best chance ocurring during August and September.

St. Martin / St. Maarten Rainfall
St. Martin / St. Maarten rainfall has a wet and dry season with rainfall amounts nearly doubling in the summer and early autumn. The wet season coincides with the second half of the hurricane season. Four to five inches of rainfall occurs each month August through November. The increase in rainfall is due to active tropical waves moving from Africa across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. Occasionally showers and storms build with upper air low pressure centers during this time of year too. The driest time of year is from late winter to early spring where about two inches of rainfall occurs each month.
St. Martin / St. Maarten Temperatures
Temperatures are very uniform during the year with average highs in the upper 80's during the summer and low 80's during the winter. Morning low temperatures range from the upper 70's in the summerr to the low 70's during the winter.

St. Martin / St. Maarten Travel Weather Summary
There are many beautiful beaches and bays to enjoy when visiting St. Martin / St. Maarten. There are plenty of sunny days especially February through April. Temperatures are not too hot with the trade winds tempering the climate. Travelers will want to stay informed on tropical weather information, especially during the hurricane season.

Sunrise / Sunset Times (All times are for the first day of each month)

Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Month
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sunrise 6:43 6:44 6:30 6:06 5:45 5:35 5:40 5:50 5:57 6:02 6:11 6:27
Sunset 5:48 6:06 6:18 6:25 6:33 6:44 6:51 6:46 6:26 6:00 5:39 5:35

St. Martin / St. Maarten travel weather quick summary -
  • St. Martin / St. Maarten travel weather - June through October
  • St. Martin / St. Maarten travel weather - January, February, March
  • St. Martin / St. Maarten travel weather - August through November
  • St. Martin / St. Maarten travel weather - February, March

St. Maarten - Netherlands Antilles, Princess Juliana Airport
Month
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average High 84 84 85 86 87 88 89 89 89 88 86 85
Record High 91 89 91 93 92 93 94 95 95 94 93 90
Average Low 74 74 74 75 77 79 79 79 79 78 77 75
Record Low 66 67 67 67 68 72 72 71 72 72 70 68
Days with Thunder 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 4 4 2 1
Days of Rain 12 9 9 12 10 8 12 14 14 14 15 13
Average Rainfall 2.60" 2.00" 1.78" 2.52" 3.67" 2.43" 2.82" 3.89" 5.50" 4.49" 5.88" 3.69"
Hours of Sunshine 8 8 9 8 8 8 8 9 8 8 8 8

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