The climate of the British Virgin Islands is tropical, hot throughout the year, and also influenced by the trade winds, with a more pleasant period from December to March, when the daily average temperature is around 24/25 °C (75/77 °F), and a hotter and sultry period from May to October, when the daily average is around 28 °C (82 °F).
The British Virgin Islands are located in the Caribbean Sea, in the group of the Lesser Antilles. The main islands are Tortola, Anegada and Virgin Gorda.
Here are the average temperatures of Road Town, the capital, on the island of Tortola.
Road Town - Average temperatures
Min (°C)212121222324242424242322
Max (°C)282828292930303131302928
Min (°F)707070727375757575757372
Max (°F)828282848486868888868482

As regards to the rainfall, there is a relatively dry season from January to April and a rainy season from May to December. The least rainy months, when precipitation doesn't go above 50 millimeters (2 inches) per month, are February and March. The annual amount of rainfall is around 1,000/1,200 mm (40/47 in) per year, and generally, it is slightly more abundant on the northern slopes of each island, in particular, those having hills or low mountains in inland areas, such as Tortola and Virgin Gorda.
In April and May, there is an increase in rainfall, although there is often a relative decrease in June and July, followed by a recovery from August to November. Generally, the wettest period is from September to November.
Here is the average precipitation.
Road Town - Average precipitation

Apart from hurricanes, which can bring strong winds and torrential rains but fortunately occur rarely (see below), the weather is normally nice or variable, interrupted by short showers and thunderstorms, more likely and more intense during the rainy season, which means that the sun shines all year round, as you can see in the following table.
Road Town - Sunshine

Virgin Gorda

The sea is warm enough to swim in all year round, being about 26 °C (79 °F) from January to April and about 29 °C (84 °F) in September and October, as we can see from the water temperatures near Anegada.
Anegada - Sea temperature
Temp (°C)262626262728282829292827
Temp (°F)797979798182828284848281


From June to November, here as in the whole area of the West Indies, there is the danger of tropical storms and hurricanes, with greater probability from August to October.

Best Time

The best time to visit the British Virgin Islands runs from December to April, since it is the least rainy and the least muggy period of the year. Within this period, the months of January, February and March are the driest and the least hot of all. In summer, June and July are generally less rainy than August and September, and have also a lower risk of tropical storms and hurricanes, which, as mentioned, are most likely between August and October, that is, when the sea is warmer.

What to pack

From December to April: bring light clothes, and possibly a scarf for the breeze and a sweatshirt for the evening.
From May to November: bring lightweight clothing, and possibly a light sweatshirt and a light raincoat for thunderstorms; a sweatshirt and a pashmina for air-conditioned places.