Blue skies with bright sunshine is the default setting for Bermuda’s weather. While the temperatures are generally mild, the island’s weather can be a bit quirky – umbrellas can be going up for brief showers in the West End while people in the East End are basking in sunshine. Out here, you’ll find gentle tradewinds and generous trade-offs: the wind makes for world-class sailing, and rainfall throughout the year keeps the parks and golf courses lush.
Islanders often go online to check the radar to see if it’s a day for beaching or boating, but expert local opinions can be just as enlightening. Hotel doormen give impressively accurate forecasts. Same goes for tennis coaches, taxi drivers and especially fishermen, who can predict a specific time of day for the next shower. Truth is, the weather rarely gets in your way. The warmest months are the most popular, but whatever time of year you visit you can play golf, sail, fish, hike, cycle and end the day with a sunset cruise.
Average Temperatures & Rainfall
It’s sub-tropical, thanks to two natural allies: the Gulf Stream and the Bermuda-Azores High. The Gulf Stream pushes warm, equatorial water to the west and north of the island, up from the Gulf of Mexico. This ensures comfortable temperatures year round, from mid 60s in the winter to mid 80s in the summer. The Bermuda-Azores High is a high-pressure zone that lies east of the island in the summer, shielding Bermuda from storm systems to the north and wafting light, southerly winds its way. See a seasonal guide for what to pack and what to wear in Bermuda.
Bermuda doesn’t experience the heat of the Caribbean (it’s about 1,000 miles north) or the chills of London or the northeast U.S. You’re looking at a 65 degree average in January, 67 in April, 80 in July and 75 in October. June through August brings southerly breezes, which makes evenings delightful. This is an outdoor destination year-round. The difference between water and air temperatures averages 2 degrees.
Simply put, rain isn’t likely to spoil your Bermuda vacation. Unlike other island destinations, Bermuda has no rainy season. And you won’t hear Bermudians complain about rainfall because they collect it for drinking water via their white slate roofs, pipes and underground tanks. Heavier downpours (typically at night in the summer) don’t usually last longer than a couple of hours; rarely does the sun disappear for long. If you do encounter a day of rain, check out the island’s great indoors.
Bermuda relies on satellites and radar, of course, but some traditional forecasting methods are still in use. Old-timers turn to shark oil when the weather is unsettled. Cloudy shark oil signals a storm – read more about the shark oil tradition. There’s also the old Weather Stone at Fort Scaur in the West End. The instructions are tongue-in-cheek: a dry stone = it’s not raining; a shadow underneath = the sun’s shining. “If ever it is white on top, it is snowing,” the noticeboard helpfully adds.
Big hits are rare, averaging just over one per decade. The hurricane season officially runs June 1 through November 30. Four key things to know:
- Most hotels have “hurricane guarantees” that provide refunds or future complimentary stays.
- The island usually gets plenty of advance notice of an approaching storm.
- The emergency services are very well-versed in storm preparation.
- Bermuda’s stone buildings are incredibly strong and many have withstood hurricanes for centuries.
For more information, visit the Bermuda Weather Service website or AccuWeather.com.
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