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The climate of Papua New Guinea
The independent state of Papua New Guinea is a country situated in the most south-eastern part of Asia. Geographically the country is often grouped as a part of Oceania. Papua New Guinea consists of the eastern part of the island of New Guinea (which is shared with Indonesia) and a large number of small islands. Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. More than 800 languages are spoken in the country. There is also a great variety in religions. 95% of the inhabitants adheres one of the Christian religions. Papua New Guinea mainly has a mountainous landscape covered with rainforests. According to the Köppen-Geiger climate classification Papua New Guinea has a tropical rainforest climate (type Af). Some regions have a tropical monsoon climate (type Am) or a tropical savannah climate (type Aw). This is because there are differences in the amount of precipitation that falls. Only the highest mountain peaks in the interior have a different climate. On the highest peaks, such as the peak of Mount Wilhelm, subzero temperatures or even snow may occur. There is no destination closer to the equator where you may find snow.


Climate information of places and areas in Papua New Guinea
The climate information on this page is only brief. Specific information about weather and climate can be found on the climate pages per area or town. As for Papua New Guinea the following climate information is available:

Lihir Island
Mount Hagen
Port Moresby

Tropical temperatures
Temperatures are of tropical values all year round in almost all of Papua New Guinea. Variations in temperatures hardly ever occur. Even during the monsoon periods temperatures hardly drop. With the exception of the higher areas temperatures are around 30 degrees Celsius all year round. At an altitude of 2,000 meters minimum temperatures are 10-13 degrees Celsius. In the lower situated coastal areas minimum temperatures are 22-24 degrees Celsius. Extreme heat with temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius is uncommon.

Natural disasters
Papua New Guinea is situated in an area where nature frequently shows its destructive forces. The country is situated along a tectonic fault line which may cause earthquakes, sea quakes and tsunamis in Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea is situated just outside the area where tropical storms and hurricanes may occur. The risk that Papua New Guinea gets hit by a hurricane is reasonably small. However, this is not 100% certain.


Climate figures
Spread out over Papua New Guinea several different climate figures and temperatures can be recorded. The figures below are for the capital Port Moresby and cannot be seen as an average for the country. Please, visit the individual climate pages for figures on other places and regions in Papua New Guinea.

temperature (°C)


temperature (°C)
hours of sunshine

average days with precipitation
per month
per month
temperature (°C)
January 31 23 6 21 29
February 31 23 6 19 29
March 31 23 6 20 29
April 30 23 6 18 29
May 30 24 6 16 28
June 29 23 6 13 27
July 29 22 6 12 26
August 29 22 7 10 25
September 30 22 7 12 26
October 31 23 7 11 27
November 31 23 7 12 28
December 31 23 6 16 29
= 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 don’t 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 the capital Port Moresby. Please, visit the individual climate pages for figures on other places and regions in Papua New Guinea.

chance of
(very) hot


chance of
(very) cool
chance of

chance of
chance of
sunny days


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