Caribbean holiday weather
Located southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and the North American mainland, the Caribbean is made up of more than 700 islands.
The Caribbean terrain across the islands differ differs between regions this affects the climate. Some islands such as Aruba have quite a flat terrain of a non-volcanic origin. The weather in Aruba is still tropical but not as extreme and has a fairly constant temperature.
Other islands such as Puerto Rico possess a more mountain-like terrain, and fall into the tropical climate zone. The main causes of Puerto Rico's rainy season, which stretches from April to November, are the Cordillera Central Mountains. The rocky mountain range causes variation in wind speeds, temperature and rainfall - this is due to the channelling effects they have on the atmosphere.
May sees the beginning of the rainy season with rain falling mostly as late showers, and is heavier on the mountains and north-east facing coasts. From June to December, hurricanes can hit the Caribbean, although Trinidad & Tobago are too far south to be affected.