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Tana Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Author Dominique Kirsner. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike
Tana Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Author Dominique Kirsner

Sulawesi climate: when to go to Sulawesi

The climate of the island of Sulawesi (Celebes) is tropical humid to the south and equatorial humid to the north, the island in fact, in its northern part, is crossed by the Equator. The temperatures are constant throughout the island and are maintained throughout the year between 30°C/32°C and 23°C/24°C.

The northern area of Sulawesi, where there is also the city of Manado has an equatorial climate with no real dry season, the rainy season is between November and June and between July and October rains decrease. In this area fall less than 3200 mm of rain per year. Here the temperatures are stable throughout the year, the average maximum temperatures vary between 35°C and 31°C, while the average minimum temperatures vary between 20°C and 24°C.

The southern part of Sulawesi is characterized by a humid tropical climate with constant temperatures and two distinct seasons differentiated by the amount of rain. The monsoon rains fall between November and April, while from May to October there is the dry season, in Makassar fall a little more than 3000 mm of rain per year. Temperatures are uniformly high throughout the year, with little variation, the values ​​of average maximum temperatures vary between 35°C and 31°C, while the average minimum temperatures vary between 20°C and 24°C.

South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Author Achmad Rabin Taim. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Author Achmad Rabin Taim

The sea water temperature is stable between 26°C and 29°C throughout the year.

WHEN TO GO TO SULAWESI

The best time to visit the southern part of the island of Sulawesi are the driest months between June and October. In the northern part of the island the less rainy season is reduced to the months between July and October.

SULAWESI CLIMATIC TABLES

Makassar (15 m)

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Year

Rain (mm)

734

533

391

235

127

66

48

15

32

83

273

549

3086

Min Temp (°C)

23

23

23

24

23

23

22

20

21

22

23

23

Max Temp (°C)

31

31

31

32

32

32

32

34

35

35

33

32

Manado (10 m)

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Year

Rain (mm)

426

382

327

283

253

236

131

134

174

198

277

364

3185

Min Temp (°C)

22

22

22

22

22

22

21

21

21

22

23

23

Max Temp (°C)

30

30

30

31

31

31

31

33

32

31

32

30

Makassar

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Sea Water Temperatures (°C)

29

29

29

29

28

28

27

26

27

28

29

29

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