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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.


Climate figures
The figures below are based on registered long-term meteorological information and can, as far as possible, be considered an average for Aruba.

temperature (°C)


temperature (°C)
hours of sunshine

average days with precipitation
per month
per month
temperature (°C)
January 30 24 8 8 27
February 30 24 8 5 26
March 31 25 8 2 27
April 32 25 8 2 27
May 32 26 8 2 28
June 33 26 9 3 28
July 33 26 10 5 29
August 33 26 9 4 29
September 33 26 9 4 29
October 33 26 8 7 28
November 32 25 8 11 27
December 31 24 7 11 27
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-2 inches ● = 2-12 inches ● = 12-24 inches ● = 25-40 inches ● = 41-80 inches ● = over 80 inches

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 at Aruba.

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