This report describes the typical weather at the Sangster International Airport (Montego Bay, Jamaica) weather station over the course of an average February. It is based on the historical records from 1974 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Montego Bay has a tropical monsoon climate with short dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (55%) and forests (41%).
The month of February is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 83°F throughout the month, exceeding 86°F or dropping below 79°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of February, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is February 2 with 11:21 hours of daylight; the longest day is February 29 with 11:46 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:31am on February 29; the latest sunset is at 6:17pm on February 28; the latest sunrise is at 6:45am on February 2; the earliest sunset is at 6:06pm on February 1.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in 2012.
The median cloud cover is 32% (mostly clear) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On February 15, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 52% of the time, partly cloudy 17% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 15% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 31%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout February, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain and light rain.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 56% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 1, when it is observed during 19% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 38% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 1, when it is observed during 13% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in February or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 63% (mildly humid) to 89% (very humid) over the course of a typical February, rarely dropping below 54% (mildly humid) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around February 26, at which time the relative humidity drops below 68% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around February 23, rising above 84% (humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a typical February, the dew point typically varies from 65°F (muggy) to 72°F (very muggy) and is rarely below 61°F (comfortable) or above 76°F (very muggy).
Over the course of February typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 19 mph (calm to fresh breeze), rarely exceeding 26 mph (strong breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 9 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around February 6, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 19 mph (fresh breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 8 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around February 27, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 19 mph (fresh breeze).