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Anguilla - Climate

Anguilla's climate is tropical, with little seasonal variation. Temperatures range from 22C to 30C. Rainfall is low, averaging 100 centimeters annually, with substantial variation from year to year. The scant rainfall and poor soil allow for only low scrub vegetation.

Average temperature was 80F. The island receives 35 inches of annual rainfall, mostly from September to November. But even then its usually never all day. Hurricanes are a threat in the summer or fall. Hurricane season is August to October.

Changing weather patterns associated with climate change is expected to exacerbate the vulnerabilities and impacts currently experienced in the region. Heavier rainfall events are already challenging the capacity of some nations to cope, leading to more frequent flooding of settlements and infrastructure, and raising human health concerns. Longer dry spells are resulting in more frequent droughts affecting water resources needed for agriculture and human consumption. These weather extremes are likely to be accompanied by stronger hurricanes bringing the potential for increased damage and larger financial losses, greater pressure on national budgets and lengthier recovery times.

Changes of the magnitude projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the current century will have significant impacts on Anguilla. Small Island Developing States like Anguilla share many of the human systems and physical processes of la rger or continental developing states. However, vulnerability to global climate change is aggravated by common parameters shared by many small island developing States (SIDS) namely:

  • Reliance on primary imports;
  • Socio-economic extremes (small economy, with high dependence on external market forces thus creating high sensitivity to external market shocks);
  • Limited physical and social infrastructure;
  • Ad hoc land use planning;
  • Limitations in governance and public administration.

This renders places like Anguilla vulnerable to natural hazards. With rising sea levels, higher storm surges associated with these events will exacerbate losses from coastal erosion and flooding that impact tourism activities and the wider national economy, temporarily disrupting port operations and food security as well as access along essential roads and isolating or displacing settlements and businesses. Sea-level rise further threatens freshwater aquifers from intrusion of salt water which could impact agricultural production and quality to drinking water.

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