CLIMATE AND HURRICANES

Belizean climate

The climate of Belize is tropical with a hot wet climate between Mid-May and November, a cooler drier climate from November to February, and a dry season from February to Mid-June. Sarteneja has 1500 mm rainfall and southern Belize 3x more with 4500 mm.

It is hotter as you go further south and especially inland. hot season daily temperatures on the coast are about 90F and about 3F hotter inland. Night temperatures can be about 5F cooler. During winter temperatures are about 5F cooler than in summer.

Hurricanes

Hurricanes are extremely important to Belize as they are capable of taking lives, destroying infrastructure and crops, and damaging the economy for extended periods.

It is important to be prepared for hurricanes to limit the above damage.

Climate warming will increase storm strengths in general. However, the effect of climate warming on hurricane frequency and strength is still uncertain.

Global warming

Global climate warming will affect Belize in many ways. The effects of global warming can be either beneficial or harmful, and we can maximise benefit and minimise loss.

Soot and burning

Soot which is the black smoke produced by burning, produces 15% of climate warming. Reductions in soot have an immediate effect of reducing global warming. Immediate reductions in soot will be necessary to keep global temperatures from soon rising more than 3°C above pre-industrial levels.