The tropical climate doesn't waver much, averaging a balmy 75°F (24°C) in winter and a steamier 86°F (30°C) come summer. Mist and rain keep the island lush year-round, especially at higher, cooler elevations. Dominica tends to be driest and sunniest from mid-December to mid-April, so expect peak prices and crowds then. Many businesses shut down during September and October, when hurricanes are most likely to hit. February brings Caribbean Carnival intensity, while the World Creole Music Festival keeps things bustling in late October.