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should we bring waterproofs?

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should we bring waterproofs?

We are coming next week for two weeks, would you recommend we bring thin waterproof coats for us and the kids?

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1. Re: should we bring waterproofs?

No.

It's hot, dry and when it rains it's welcome.

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2. Re: should we bring waterproofs?

Does the rain last a few minutes, ie we can dive under shelter or does it last longer in which case we'll bring our waterproofs so we can continue with whatever we're doing at the time? Thanks

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3. Re: should we bring waterproofs?

I think you would be far too hot in waterproofs, even if they are thin, as Canby said it is very hot. I would just bring small fold down umbrellas and have them in your beach/travel bag. They are usually quick showers but some days it can rain on and off all day. To be honest if you are on the beach in your swimwear it doesn't matter if you get caught, the kids will probably head for the sea. Maybe just hire a lounger with a parasol too and then if it rains you can sit under that too.

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4. Re: should we bring waterproofs?

many thanks

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5. Re: should we bring waterproofs?

I got caught out by a storm a few November's ago, lasted for about 4 hours and it was HEAVY, had to stay in the bar it was that bad ! ;-)

The weather in March is a lot better than in November though so you should be fine, we were there a few weeks ago and the rain only lasted a couple of minutes before the sun came back out. Doesn't do any harm to take them, a light raincoat doesn't take up too much room or weight in your case.

Oakville, Canada
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6. Re: should we bring waterproofs?

Waterproofs? Heavens , no. It is quite hot, no matter how thin they are you'll be so hot in them, your skin will be wetter than being caught in the rain. Bring an umbrella if you really have to, but we found that wearing a hat keeps the rain off your face and bringing a small hand towel to dry off your arms is quite sufficient. The rain here is very different than who you would experience back home and quite refreshing. That being said, we've been here more than 3 weeks and it's only rained once in the morning for about 10 minutes.

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7. Re: should we bring waterproofs?

Here's what it's been like.

29-30 C feels like 34-35C. Now that's hot. Plus it's humid.

Golfers who normally walk are taking carts, that's how hot it has become.

It's so dry and hot the ground is cracking in places.

It is more important to stay hydrated than think about rain gear.

But it's up to you.

Holetown, Barbados
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8. Re: should we bring waterproofs?

Even the Bajans who are aclimatized to the heat are complaining it's too hot.

Don't waste valuable suitcase space, I assure you, you will NEVER EVER be able to wear waterproofs . Just bring small umbrellas.

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9. Re: should we bring waterproofs?

That's good to know Westiegal. This is our first trip back to Babados in a decade and was wondering if this heat and humidity was normal. At times we were starting to think we should find another country with more comfortable temperatures but now that you say the locals are complaining we'll assume this weather is due to the el nino effect and not normal for Barbados.

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10. Re: should we bring waterproofs?

El Niño, I don't believe so. Most of the time it just gets hotter and some times when the winds change the hotter air comes from South America.