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Fiji Weather: Warm Tropical And Humid

There really are only two seasons with the Fij weather. Hot and dry, and warm and wet. The temperature doesn't vary too much over the course of a year. It goes from hot, to warm, and then back to hot again. Even during the winter months (May to August) it is still pleasant enough to wear shorts and take a swim.

Maximum daytime temperatures are almost always is the 26°C to 32°C range, regardless of the time of year. The minimum overnight temperatures fall in the 19°C to 26°C range.

Localized Fijian Climates

The north-west side of the main island, Viti Levu, tends to be slightly hotter, less humid and drier.

The south-east side gets more rain, which raises the humidity.

As a general rule, the main islands, Viti Luvu and Vanua Levu tend to have slightly higher rainfall that the smaller outlying islands. And the further north-west that you go the dryer (and hotter) the climate becomes.

However, that's not something you can rely on. It's quite possible for it to be pouring with rain in Nadi, while the south-east is dry.

Many people like to take their Fiji vacations during the winter months, when it's not quite so hot. Another reason for choosing this time, is the lower humidity and less rain. Average temperatures during these winter months are a daytime high of around 26°C with an overnight low of 19°C. The equivalent to a pleasant New Zealand summers day!

Why the south east is wetter

The trade winds come from this direction. This bring the rain clouds, which tend to drop their load once they make landfall. The main island of Viti Levu is broken into two by a mountain range that runs from top to bottom...this is the point at which the climate begins to change from wet to dry.

I have spoken to people born and bred in Suva, and they have commented how difficult it was to acclimatize to the hotter and dryer conditions experienced in the west. Personally, I find the wetter climate of the Suva side to be perfect. Even during the rainy season, most of the short heavy showers tend to be morning, late afternoon and night. So much of the day is rain free, and you can get out and about without getting wet. Though you will notice many of the locals do carry an umbrella at all times!

Even in the so called "wet season" you can get plenty of lovely hot days, with a refreshing downpour after dark. Some people will find the Fijian summer months just too hot and humid. if you can't take that sort of weather, then think about coming to Fiji during April-August. There is less rain, less humidity, and the temperature is just about perfect for everyone.

Average temperature chart for Nadi and Suva

Nadi Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Av Max °C 31.6 31.5 31.1 30.6 29.8 29.2 28.5 28.7 29.4 30.2 30.9 31.4
Av Min °C 22.7 23.0 22.6 21.7 20.1 19.3 18.3 18.4 19.3 20.4 21.5 22.1
Rainfall mm 299 302 324 163 78 62 46 58 77 103 138 159
Rain Days >0.1mm 18 18 19 12 7 6 5 5 6 9 11 13
Suva Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Av Max °C 30.6 31.0 30.6 29.7 28.3 27.6 26.5 26.6 27.0 27.8 28.8 29.8
Av Min °C 23.6 23.8 23.5 23.1 21.9 21.4 20.4 20.5 20.9 21.7 22.5 23.2
Rainfall mm 315 288 371 390 267 164 142 159 184 234 264 263
Rain Days >0.1mm 23 22 23 22 20 18 18 17 20 19 19 21

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