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Cirque Mafate, Reunion. Author David Monniaux. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike
Cirque Mafate, Reunion. Author David Monniaux

Reunion climate: when to go to Reunion

The climate of Reunion is tropical hot and humid, but varies greatly depending on the height and exposure to prevailing winds.

On the island exist two distinct seasons, the hot and humid rainy season, which runs from December to February with average temperatures ranging from 23°C to 30°C and the fresh and dry season which runs from May to November with average temperatures ranging between 25°C and 18°C.

The temperature drops with increasing altitude and at high altitudes can reach temperatures below freezing. Between January and March, the island may be affected by cyclones.

The capital Saint-Denis, which is located at the north, receives an average of 1,150 mm of rain a year. The east coast, generally cooler, is the most rainy area of the island with peaks that reach 4,000 / 8,000 mm of rain a year. The west coast is hot and dry here precipitation reaching values even lower than 650 mm per year.

Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion. Author B. Navez. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion. Author B. Navez

The sea water temperature varies between 23 ° C in August and September and 27 ° C for the months between January and April.

WHEN TO GO TO REUNION

The best time for a trip to Reunion are the cooler and dry months between May and November.

REUNION CLIMATE TABLES

SAINT-DENIS, REUNION (10 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 23,5 30,1 278,6  13,3
February 23,7 30,1 351,0  14,3
March 23,2 29,7 232,5  13,0
April 22,1 29,1 154,3  11,3
May 20,6 27,5 97,6  9,6
June 18,9 26,1 76,9  7,2
July 18,1 25,2 57,8  8,8
August 18,0 25,3 57,8  9,6
September 18,6 25,8 50,0  8,1
October 19,6 26,8 43,4  7,1
November 20,9 28,0 70,0  5,9
December 22,4 29,1 188,7  11,1
YEAR 20,8 27,7 1658,6  119,4
REUNION
Month Sea Water Temperature °C
January 27
February 27
March 27
April 27
May 26
June 25
July 24
August 23
September 23
October 24
November 25
December 26

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