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New Caledonia climate: when to go to New Caledonia

New Caledonia, is located just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, it benefits from a relatively temperate climate affected by trade winds and divided in four distinct seasons. The hot season is the one that goes from December to March, this time you can have torrential rains and strong winds, and also can sometimes occur occasional tropical cyclones.

The months of April and May is a transition period, during which the temperature and precipitation decreases. The fresh season ranging from June to August, at this time are reached the minimum temperatures and precipitation also decreased.

During this period, occasionally, polar perturbations, which sometimes bring rain and cool winds, can reach the southern part of the country.

Kanumera, Isle of Pines, New Caledonia. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Kanumera, Isle of Pines, New Caledonia. Author Marco Ramerini

The second season of transition is the one that runs from September to November, this is probably the best time to visit the islands, temperatures begin to rise, the trade winds blow unabated and is the least rainy period of the year.

The sea water temperature varies from 22 ° C in the months of August and September, up to 27 ° C in February.


The best season for a trip to New Caledonia is the one that runs from September to November.


NOUMEA (20 meters)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 23,0 28,9 112,9  14,2
February 23,2 29,0 123,1  14,2
March 22,8 28,5 134,6  17,1
April 21,4 26,9 110,5  15,0
May 19,8 25,2 90,6  16,8
June 18,5 23,8 128,7  17,3
July 17,3 22,6 73,0  15,9
August 17,5 22,8 70,1  13,1
September 17,9 23,8 39,2  9,6
October 19,2 25,5 53,2  9,3
November 20,7 27,0 62,9  10,3
December 21,9 28,2 72,7  11,3
YEAR 20,3 26,0 1071,5  164,1
Month Sea Water Temperature °C
January 26
February 27
March 26
April 26
May 25
June 23
July 23
August 22
September 22
October 23
November 24
December 25

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