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Climate - Niue

Temperature, rainfall, prevailing weather conditions, when to go, what to pack

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The climate of Niue, a South Pacific island located north of the Tropic of Capricorn, therefore in the Southern Hemisphere, is tropical, with a warmer period, muggy and rainy, from November to April, and a cooler and drier period from May to October, during which the south-east trade winds dominate. During the warmer period, the temperatures hover around 28/29 °C during the day, and around 22/24 °C at night, while in the cool period, daytime temperatures drop to around 25/26 °C, and nighttime temperatures around 20/21 °C. During the warmer period, sometimes the temperature exceeds 35 °C, while in the cool period at night it can drop below 15 °C, especially in July and August.
Here are the average temperatures of the island.
Alofi average temperatures
Alofi J F M A M J J A S O N D
Min (°C) 23 24 24 23 22 21 20 20 21 21 22 23
Max (°C) 28 29 28 27 26 26 25 25 26 26 27 28

The annual precipitation amounts to 2,000 millimetres, with a maximum between January and March, when 250/300 mm of rain per month fall. In the relatively dry period, however, there's no shortage of rains: on average, 80/100 mm per month fall even from June to September. Here is the average precipitation.
Average precipitation Alofi
Alofi J F M A M J J A S O N D Year
Prec. (mm) 260 250 300 200 130 80 90 100 100 120 140 190 1960

Niue can be affected by tropical cyclones from November to mid-May, although they are more likely from December to April.


The sea temperature is always warm enough for swimming, it only goes down to 25 °C from July to October, as we can see in the following table.
Sea temperature Niue
Niue J F M A M J J A S O N D
Sea (°C) 28 28 28 28 27 26 25 25 25 25 26 27

When to go

The best time to travel to Niue is from mid-May to October, being the coolest and sunniest. Sometimes it can be a little cool in the evening and at night, so it may be a good idea to bring a sweatshirt or sweater.

What to pack

In winter (June to August): light clothes for the day, a scarf for the breeze, a sweatshirt for the evening, possibly a light raincoat or umbrella.
In summer (December to February): tropics-friendly, loose fitting clothing, sun hat, a scarf for the breeze, a light sweatshirt for the evening, light raincoat or umbrella.

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