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Saba Weather, climate and geography

Weather and climate

Best time to visit

Hot, but tempered by cooling trade winds. The annual mean temperature is 27°C (80°F), varying by no more than two or three degrees throughout the year; average rainfall is 1,667mm. The temperature can drop to 16°C (60°F) on winter evenings. When climbing Mount Scenery, the temperature will drop by approximately 0.2°C (0.4°F) for each 100m (330ft) gained in altitude.

Required clothing

Lightweights and cottons are worn throughout the year. Umbrellas or light waterproofs are needed for the rainy season.

Geography

Saba is one of three Windward Islands in the former Netherlands Antilles. However, geographically it is part of the Leeward Group of the Lesser Antilles, lying 265km (165 miles) east of Puerto Rico, 44km (27 miles) south of St Maarten and 21km (13 miles) west of St Eustatius. Saba is situated upon the peak of a submerged extinct volcano. The highest point of the island is Mount Scenery, which is thick with forest and rises to almost 900m (3,000ft) in less than 2km (1.2 miles).