The Leeward Islands enjoy a tropical climate, tempered by the northeasterly trade winds. There is little seasonal variation, although the second half of the year, the wet season, is rainier and slightly warmer. The best time to travel on a Caribbean cruise is the first half of the year. Temperatures usually range between 81°F and 95°F (27°C and 35°C). Annual rainfall averages about 40 to 50 inches (1016 to 1270 mm). Nearly every island had been severely damaged by hurricane activity in its recent history.
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