Does it snow in Cuba

Does It Snow In Cuba At All? Has It EVER Snowed In Cuba? (2023)

So, Cuba is a Caribbean island with a Caribbean subtropical climate, but there are also mountains in Cuba. So does it snow in Cuba in the mountains?

As you know, some countries can have summer temperatures by the sea, while high up in the mountains not far away, there is still snow!

So what about Cuba?

Does It Snow In Cuba At all?

Does it snow in Cuba?

The short answer to that question is no; it does not snow in Cuba. But it did snow in Cuba once, on one marvelous occasion!

According to weather records, it snowed in Cuba on the 12th of March 1857, 166 years ago! Snow in Cuba was not recorded before that and has not been recorded since.

This once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon happened in the municipality of Cardenas, around 72 miles (115 km) from the Capital, Havana.

Does It Get Cold In Cuba?

The fierce sea hitting the Malecon in Havana
The fierce sea hitting the Malecon in Havana

Well, all is relative.

As a Scandinavian, I am not able to agree that it ever gets cold in Cuba, but – it certainly happens that the temperatures in Cuba behave out of the ordinary.

The last time there was a particularly cold period in Cuba was in 2015 when the temperatures were reported to be as low as 13 degrees Celcius on the Havana weather station, which is 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

The coldest winter period is counted from January to March and normally has an average temperature of 20.6 °C (69 Fahrenheit).

This cool season, which overlaps with the November through March dry season, lasts for around four months, from November 15 to March 9.

According to statistics, the coldest month in Cuba is January, when there is an average low of 43°F and an average high of 57°F.

The Weather In Cuba

But there is still A LOT of weather in Cuba; being in the hurricane belt, the summer storms can be fierce!

Having lived in Havana for over two years and traveled there for over four, I have experienced my fair share of Cuban weather.

When the storms hit in the wet season, which normally lasts from June through October every year, the winds and rain can feel quite dramatic.

Cuba has only two seasons, the wet and the dry. The wet season is from May through October, while the dry, cool season is from November through March.

The average daily highest temperature in the cool period is below 63°F. 

Quite remarkably, the weather has a distinct change the moment we enter into June each year.

The rain showers arrive regularly in the afternoon, more fierce, sometimes several times a day, and it starts and stops suddenly.

In between, the sun is shining from blue skies as if the rain-heavy clouds never existed!

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