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Qlinsia, Socotra, Yemen. Author Email4mobile. No Copyright
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Socotra climate: when to go to Socotra

Socotra climate is tropical desertic, influenced by the monsoon winds that blow from the south-west between April and October and between November and March blow from the north-east. The south-west monsoon brings from Africa warm, dry and extremely strong winds.

The rains, which fall mainly in winter between November and March, are scarce in the coastal lowland areas with an annual average of 150-200 mm, but increase substantially with the elevation reaching more than 1,000 mm per year in the Hagghier mountains.

The average maximum temperatures vary between 27°C in January to 34°C in May, the average minimum temperatures vary between 17°C in January and 24°C in June, the temperature difference between night and day is quite strong. Obviously in the mountains the temperature is cooler.

Dracaena cinnabari, Socotra, Yemen. Author Boris Khvostichenko. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Dracaena cinnabari, Socotra, Yemen. Author Boris Khvostichenko

The sea water temperature ranges between 30 ° C in May and 25 ° C during the months of July and August.


The best time to visit Socotra are the months from November to March, cooler and less windy.


SOCOTRA (30 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 16,8 27,2 23  2,0
February 18,3 28,5 18  2,0
March 19,8 30,5 14  2,1
April 22,2 32,7 22  3,4
May 23,7 34,2 37  4,1
June 24,1 33,9 18  6,0
July 23,2 32,0 12  9,7
August 22,8 32,3 15  9,3
September 22,6 32,7 27  4,9
October 20,6 31,4 38  3,2
November 18,7 29,8 18  3,0
December 17,5 28,0 16  3,0
YEAR 20,8 31,1 258  52,7
Month Sea Water Temperature °C
January 26
February 26
March 27
April 29
May 30
June 27
July 25
August 25
September 26
October 27
November 27
December 26

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