Hurricanes in Belize

Hurricanes occur rarely in Belize. On average, they happen about once per year.

The hurricane season usually lasts from early June to late November.

The most severe hurricane to make landfall in Belize in the past 12 months was »«. It reached a wind speed of up to 46 km/h on June 1, 2022 at 12:00 am local time near San Pedro and was 93 kilometers in diameter at the time. According to the internationally accepted Saffir-Simpson classification, this corresponded to a tropical depression hurricane. On the open sea, speeds of up to 111 km/h were even measured (tropical storm).

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Current hurricane: Celia

On June 13, 2022 at 12:00 pm, hurricane »Celia« formed in the Northeast Pacific with an initial wind speed of 28 km/h. The storm system initially moved northeast at 19 km/h 6 km/h and reached a diameter of 111 kilometers in the meantime. At June 24, 2022 at 6:00 am, it reached its highest wind speed to date of 102 kilometers per hour. This corresponds to a hurricane of category of a tropical storm.

On June 18, 2022 at 6:00 pm, Celia made landfall near the city of Acajutla () in El Salvador. At that time, the hurricane had a wind speed of 46 km/h and a diameter of 37 kilometers.

Celia has since subsided and is no longer under observation by the authorities. Its last position was about 700 km southeast of the Mexicoon June 19th at 9:00 pm .

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Most violent hurricanes in Belize since 2018

Celia: 13th to 28th June 2022

Wind speed:
max. 102 km/h
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 993 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On June 18th, 2022 at 6:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 366 km southeast of Punta Gorda in Toledo.

Agatha: 25th to 31st May 2022

Wind speed:
max. 176 km/h
max. 482 km
Air pressure:
below 964 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On May 26th, 2022 at 3:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 768 km southeast of Benque Viejo del Carmen in Cayo.

Claudette: 17th to 23rd June 2021

Gulf of Mexico
Wind speed:
max. 74 km/h
max. 556 km
Air pressure:
below 1003 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On June 17th, 2021 at 12:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 613 km northeast of Corozal.

These evaluations are based on data from the National Centers for Environmental Information of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Individual data have been summarized or translated.
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