There is no significant difference in temperature throughout the island; however it differs slightly in rainfall volume in different sections. The mountainous areas tend to get a lot more rain fall in contrast to the planes. Consequently, places such as Port Antonio on the north eastern end of the island in the vicinity of the Blue and John Crow Mountains receive more rainfall than other places. The south side of Jamaica gets the least rainfall but with good measure. The Jamaican local city or town weather prediction is could pose quite a challenge for the forecasters. It could be raining heavily where one is but just 5 kilometers away it is sunny, dry and without a hint of gray. Though the average annual rainfall is about 48.5 inches, accumulation varies significantly across the island. Generally, showers are short, intense and followed by sunshine. The driest period is between Novembers to the end of April. The rainy season is from May to October yet still dry enough for a splendid vacation. Jamaica lies within the hurricane belt. As perilous as this may sound it is not that horrific. The Caribbean hurricane season is between June and November and has brought lots of attention to this area each year. However, because of its location Jamaica has being very privileged not to be battered often. The hurricanes usually form between the eastern end of the Caribbean and off the African west coast. These hurricanes have the tendency to travel in a north easterly direction. Given that Jamaica is located on the western side of the Caribbean by time the storms get close they are already too far north to pose any serious concerns. Another important factor also is the size of Jamaica. The smaller the target the harder it is for a direct hit. This is evident in the many times Cuba and Florida had been hit directly.
The last direct batter Jamaica had was hurricane Gilbert in 1988 and the previous one was hurricane Charley in 1951. Another reason not to panic is that with the current technology that is available we can predict hurricane paths accurately and I can assure you there will be enough time to get out of the way safely.