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With a dry and temperate climate, there are really no bad times of year to visit Antigua and Barbuda, and unlike many other tropical destinations, the high and low seasons are not based on weather.
The average temperature range is extremely narrow, with the lowest average daily temperature of 25 ºC (77F) in January and February, and the highest of 28ºC (82F) in August. During the winter (December to March) the evenings can cool down a little, but unlike other islands, the humidity is low, making summer still an agreeable time to visit.
With average annual rainfall of just 1140mm (45"), it's one of the driest islands in the Caribbean. Historically, most rain falls during July and October, but short daytime showers can be experienced at any time, and Atlantic fronts or tropical storms can lead to heavy rain, sometimes for a couple of days, and occasional high surf at some beaches.
Cooling trade winds make even the highest temperatures bearable, and contribute to the islands appeal for sailors and other watersports fans.
The most popular time to visit has always been from November to February, when Europe and North America are at their coldest and most inhospitable, however, with the changing patterns of tourism, the summer months have become a great time to come to the island, with many rates dropping and the slowed down cruise ship timetable ensuring more space on the islands many beaches than ever. Bear in mind that from June to November is classed as the hurricane season, and whilst these occur very infrequently, they can happen, as was proved with disastrous effect in September 1995, when the islands were devastated by Hurricane Luis. Visitors should always ensure they have adequate travel insurance, covering evacuation should weather conditions prove necessary.
The summer months (from May to November) can be quieter on island as this is the traditional holiday time for business owners, especially bars and restaurants. Some resorts may close for part of this time for annual refurbishment and staff vacations, historically, this affects the south of the island in particular - English Harbour can seem pretty deserted during high summer once the yachts have departed for the Mediterranean. For many visitors, this simply adds to the appeal, but it's always worth checking how much will be open in the area you're staying in if dining out is important to your trip.