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Hurricanes in Belize

Hurricanes only occur occasionally in Belize. On average, they happen about 3 times a year. The hardest hit regions are Belize and Cayo.
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 »Lisa«. It reached a wind speed of up to 120 km/h on November 2, 2022 at 3:00 pm local time near Belize City and was 14 kilometers in diameter at the time. According to the internationally accepted Saffir-Simpson classification, this corresponded to a category 1 hurricane. On the open sea, speeds of up to 130 km/h were measured.
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Most violent hurricanes in Belize since 2018

Lisa: October 27 to November 5, 2022

Region:
Gulf of Mexico
Wind speed:
max. 130 km/h
on land:
max. 120 km/h
Diameter:
max. 370 km
Air pressure:
below 988 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
Affected regions
Belize
Cayo

Karl: October 10-13, 2022

Region:
Gulf of Mexico
Wind speed:
max. 93 km/h
Diameter:
max. 370 km
Air pressure:
below 1000 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On October 10th, 2022 at 6:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 299 km southeast of Benque Viejo del Carmen in Cayo.

Julia: October 2-10, 2022

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
Diameter:
max. 333 km
Air pressure:
below 982 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On October 10th, 2022 at 9:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 283 km southeast of Punta Gorda in Toledo.

Ian: September 19 to October 2, 2022

Region:
Gulf of Mexico
Wind speed:
max. 250 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1482 km
Air pressure:
below 937 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 26th, 2022 at 12:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 560 km west of San Pedro in Belize.

Kay: September 1-10, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 167 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 967 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On August 31st, 2022 at 6:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 498 km east of Benque Viejo del Carmen in Cayo.

Bonnie: June 22 to July 9, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 185 km/h
Diameter:
max. 370 km
Air pressure:
below 964 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On July 3rd, 2022 at 12:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 539 km south of Punta Gorda in Toledo.

Celia: June 13-28, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 102 km/h
Diameter:
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: May 25-31, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 176 km/h
Diameter:
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: June 17-23, 2021

Region:
Gulf of Mexico
Wind speed:
max. 74 km/h
Diameter:
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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