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  Belize annual rainfall (source-Atlas of Belize)

Belize Annual Rainfall



Belize annual rainfall varies dramatically from north to south. This is difficult to understand at first, given the small size of the country. The geography is varied enough to cause this wide difference.

For instance, unlike the Yucatan, southern Belize is mountainous. Punta Gorda, in the Toledo district, which is the most southern political district, is in the lee of the Mayan Mountains, and receives over 160 inches of per year.

Placencia, Located in the southern Stann Creek district, adjacent to the north of Toledo, only 40 miles north of Punta Gorda, receives 130-160 inches per year.

Moving north only 7 miles, we find the rainfall drops to 100-130 inches per year in a small band of 30 miles reaching up to Dangriga, in the northern Stann Creek district.

The next band, of about 35 miles, starts about 4 miles north of Dangriga and goes to a couple miles north of Belize City. The area experiences about 70-100 inches per year. This political subdivision is known as Belize district.

From a distance of 2-3 miles north of Belize City to Corozal Town, in the Corozal district, and including Ambergris Caye, and the other northern Cayes, youíll find less than 70 inches, perhaps much less. One must understand that most of Belize annual rainfall comes during the rainy season, which is June to November. This rain comes in tropical storms, which can dump a lot of rain in a short time. That means, of course, that most of the time in the wet season there is more sun than overcast, as opposed to Seattle or Vancouver, which gets continuous overcast and mostly light rain for extended periods. This rain is warm.

The dry season is March to June, caused by the Bermuda-Azores high-pressure system.

Last we have the Northers coming in the December to April period. The Northers are relatively cool wet air masses originating from the arctic. They can bring some heavy rains and choppy seas from time to time. But are usually dry by January or February. Generally northers donít contribute much to Belize annual rainfall.

Winds in Belize blow from the North in winter, from the east in wet season, and from the southeast in the dry season.

Basically itís like this. Belize annual rainfall is like southern Florida.

If you like Key West weather, youíll like Belize weather. Whatís not to like?

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