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The climate of French Polynesia
French Polynesia is located in Oceania and consists of about 130 islands in the Pacific. Although French Polynesia is largely autonomous it is officially part of France. Several islands are flat and several islands are mountainous, such as Tahiti and Bora Bora. The highest point of French Polynesia is the peak of Mount Orohena on the island of Tahiti, located at an altitude of 2,241 meters. French Polynesia enjoys a mixture of tropical climate types. The higher regions have a subtropical climate because temperatures are not high enough for a tropical climate. French Polynesia mainly has a tropical savannah climate with unpredictable weather. During the day temperatures are between 28-31 degrees Celsius on average the year round.

 

Climate information of places and areas in French Polynesia
The climate information given on this page is only brief. Specific information on weather and climate can be found on the pages per region or city. The following climate information is available for French Polynesia:

Bora Bora
Fakarava
Hiva Oa
Huahine
Manihi
Marquesas Islands
Mo'orea
Nuku Hiva
Papeete
Raiatea
Rangiroa
Tahaa
Tahiti
Takaroa
Tautira
Tikehau
Tuamotus Archipelago

Precipitation
French Polynesia gets 1,400-2,000 millimeters of annual precipitation, unevenly spread out over the year. The central westerly islands of Tahiti and Bora Bora have a distinct dry and wet season. The least amount of precipitation can be recorded from June till October. After this both the intensity and the amount of precipitation increase. The easterly, northerly and southerly located islands do not show these large monthly fluctuations with regard to precipitation. Almost all of the rain falls in the form of showers. Especially on the islands without mountains showers will pass quite rapidly. On the islands with higher mountains, such as Tahiti rain may remain stationary for a while on the windward side. The skies in French Polynesia are almost always cloudy. You can often see clouds on the horizon which offers a nice contrast between land, sea and air.

Hurricanes
A large part of French Polynesia is situated in an area where there is a risk of hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions. Hurricane season is from the end of October till June. During hurricane season there is a risk of hurricanes or bad weather because of tropical depressions in the vicinity. This applies for all of the islands except the Marquesas Islands.

 

Climate figures
Throughout French Polynesia different climate figures and different temperatures can be recorded. The figures below apply to Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, and cannot be seen as an average for the country. Please visit the individual pages for climate information on other places and regions in French Polynesia and use these as a reference.

average
 maximum
temperature (C)

average
minimum

temperature (C)
average
hours of sunshine

per
day
average days with precipitation
per month
average
mm
precipitation
per month
average
sea
temperature (C)
January 32 22 7 18 28
February 32 22 7 18 28
March 32 22 7 19 29
April 32 22 8 14 29
May 31 21 7 10 28
June 30 21 7 7 27
July 30 20 8 6 27
August 30 20 8 5 26
September 30 21 8 6 26
October 31 21 8 6 27
November 31 22 7 7 27
December 31 22 6 13 28
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate tables are useful but they dont give an overall picture of the climate and possible weather conditions during a period of time. How high the chances are of hot or cold weather or hurricanes can often not be found in these tables. This is why we offer extra climate information per month. The information below is an average for Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia. For more information please go to the individual pages for climate information on other places and regions in French Polynesia and use these as a reference.

 

chance of
(very) hot

weather

chance of
(very) cool
weather
chance of
long-term

precipitation
chance of
hurricanes
(cyclones)
chance of
sunny days

UV-index

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
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Disclaimer
The information at this site was carefully composed from climate data collected by meteorological services, meteorological offices, climate experts and other sources. More climate info is based on statistics, climate data and personal experience. No rights can be derived from this site. Weather has no memory and gives no guaranties. Nothing is as changeable and unpredictable as the weather. The authors of this site feel in no way responsible for any damages caused by misinterpretation or other circumstances that may influence your holiday or trip to a certain destination. We provide information, its up to the reader to use it to its benefit.

 

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