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.
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.
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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
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