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The climate of the archipelago of Socotra (Yemen)
Socotra  is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean in front of the Horn of Africa, that forms part of Yemen. Socotra is a special archipelago with unique flora and fauna; this is why the entire archipelago has been incorporated into the Unesco World Heritage list. Besides then main island of Socotra the archipelago consists of the Isles of Abd Al Kuri, Samha and Darsa. Further Socotra consists of several smaller desert rocky islands. In the islands the dragon tree occurs, a sunshade-like tree, about which in the course of the centuries many myths and legends have been told. The dragon-tree has resin that turns orange-red if it comes into contact with oxygen and light. This is probably the basis of many of these legends. In the archipelago only one mammal occurs and that is the bat. In the islands live totally more than 80.000 people of which by far most in the main island of Socotra. In this island is the biggest town of the archipelago: Hadiboh. Just outside Hadiboh is the largest airport of Socotra.
Socotra has a steppe climate strongly influenced by its position in the Indian Ocean. Due to its position in the Indian Ocean practically no changes in temperature occur in Socotra. Throughout the year the temperature in the daytime fluctuates around 30 degrees centigrade. The nights are somewhat less warm here but it will never get cold. Throughout the entire year there is little precipitation here but in the height of summer the average is somewhat higher than in the rest of the year.

 

 

Climate information
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for the archipelago of Socotra.
Mind you: locally deviations may occur.

average
 maximum
temperature (įC)

average
minimum

temperature (įC)
average
hours of sunshine

per
day
average days with precipitation
per month
average
mm
precipitation
per month
average
sea
temperature (įC)
January 28 18 9 2 26
February 29 20 9 2 26
March 30 21 9 2 27
April 32 23 10 3 29
May 33 25 10 4 30
June 32 25 7 6 28
July 30 23 4 10 26
August 29 23 4 9 25
September 30 23 7 5 26
October 31 21 10 3 27
November 30 20 10 3 27
December 28 19 9 3 26
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-2 inches ● = 2-12 inches ● = 12-24 inches ● = 25-40 inches ● = 41-80 inches ● = over 80 inches

More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but donít present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period. The figures donít always reflect the chance of wintry weather, extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate information for each month of the year:
 

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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