St Kitts and Nevis
More properly called St Christopher and St Nevis, this hilly island pair lies in the Leeward Islands, the northern part of the Lesser Antilles.
Temperature and humidity around the year in the Leeward Islands are very similar to those described in the general entry for the Caribbean, as are the amount and distribution of sunshine.
The tables for points on two other islands in the eastern Caribbean, Roseau on Dominica and Plymouth on Montserrat, show that, near sea level, the annual rainfall is about 1,250mm/50in - 2,000mm/80in, well distributed throughout the year, with a wetter season from July to November.
The table for Camp Jacob on the island of Guadeloupe, also in the Leeward islands, shows that rainfall increases at higher elevations and on the windward slopes exposed to the constant and moist northeast trade winds.
St Kitts and Nevis lie in the track of violent tropical hurricanes which are most likely to develop between August and October. Although the severest of these storms may only strike every few years, these are always the months of heaviest rainfall.
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