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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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