The climate of Aruba
When you are looking for climate info on Aruba you will find several
definitions and descriptions. Most sources describe the climate of
Aruba as a steppe-climate; others name the dessert-climate,
subtropical or tropical climate. Because of the island’s relative high
drought, high temperature and amount of sunshine, a tropical climate
is very unlikely. There’s not enough precipitation. Comparing the
available data to the Köppen-Geiger climate classification concludes
that a BS-climate (the steppe-climate) is the best description.
The weather on Aruba is characterized by very low temperature
differences during the year. There’s a lot of sun and very little
rain. This is probably the reason why Aruba is such a popular holiday
destination. The vegetation on the island mostly exists of cactuses
and the typical divi-divi trees that you can see on many pictures,
books and brochures about the island. The humidity on Aruba is rather
high which may cause a damp atmosphere. The sea breeze makes the
weather reasonably tolerable.
Rough North Coast
Because there’s always a northeast trade wind blowing on the northeast
coast this part of the island looks completely different compared to
the white sandy beaches, like Palm Beach and Eagle Beach, of the
southwest. The North is rough and windy; the south offers a beautiful
blue sea and white sandy beaches. Going along the north coast there’s
a lot of evidence of high winds in combination with high waves
influencing the landscape. Several rocks have a very distinct form and
till 2005 Aruba was also known for its natural bridge. Unfortunately
the bridge collapsed later that year. The wind also influences the
growth of the divi-divi tree. This tree always grows in the direction
of which the winds blows.
There’s not a lot of rainfall on Aruba. On average an amount of 400mm
falls on the island. Because of the climate change the amount of
rainfall is decreasing. Most of the rain falls between October and
January. Rain mostly comes out in rather heavy thunderstorms.
Sometimes the rain can last for days.
Although Aruba is part of the Caribbean there’s not much chance of
being hit by a hurricane. Because Aruba is situated in the south,
hurricanes tend to pass Aruba on the north side, therefore influencing
the weather only slightly. Heavy rainfall and wind may occur.
Hurricane season lasts from June till November. The months most
influenced by hurricanes on Aruba are September and October.
Sun in winter
Aruba has a lot of sun during the second half of winter and is
therefore an ideal destination for a summer holiday in winter.
Temperatures during the second half of winter are around 31/32
degrees, which is an ideal temperature for lying on the beach or
relaxing near the swimming pool.
The figures below are based on registered long-term meteorological
information and can, as far as possible, be considered
an average for Aruba.
More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but don’t present a general impression
of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain
period. The figures don’t always reflect the chance of wintry weather,
extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we monthly offer useful extra
climate information. The information below goes for all destinations
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