Fiji Weather: Warm Tropical And Humid

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, you would expect it to the dryer (and hotter) the climate becomes. Not so, our time in Savusavu was very wet compared to Nadi, Nadi was in a drought while Savusavu and Suva hills were covered in green grass. 
Many people like to take their Fiji vacations during the freezing winter months in NZ and South Australia. 
The average temperatures during these winter months in Nadi are around 26°C with an overnight low of 19°C.Plus the wind form the West starts to pick up this time of the year.
25/5/2015   Our trip out to one of the island last weekend was fantastic but we found the water to be a lot cooler then around December to February and the wind was a nuisance because it blew the sand along the beach and into our we had to find a sheltered spot out of the wind but in the sun to warm up.
 Another reason for choosing this time of the year, is the lower humidity and less rain. 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 dryer conditions experienced in the west.
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 and take full advantage of the warm clear tropical water to go snorkeling. 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 and night without  rain. last summer we only had a hand full of days were it rained all day. Most of the time it rained late in the afternoon and very early in the morning,by 1000H the sun had dried up all the surface water in time for us to go for a walk.    Some people will find the Fijian summer months just too hot and humid. We are Kiwis and love the hot days and warm night and to be able to go for a swim with out freezing to death. If the night is warm and you are staying out in the yasawa Island in a small resort why not sleep out on the tropical beach, we did.  If you can't take that sort of weather, then think about coming to Fiji during April-August. There is less rain, lesshumidity, and the temperature is just about perfect for everyone.

Fiji budget vacation  Weather report 

We live 500Mt away from the Northern end of the Nadi international Airport,  if you know were to look you can see our house  or we can see you as you fly in to Nadi.
Every morning when we listen to the weather forecast over the radio or jump on the laptop to see what is happening in Fiji,  Nine out of ten times we should have taken no notice of the forecast and  jumped into the car and taken off for the day. So now we just look out the window or ring a friend up in the highlands for a true weather forecast.

14-Oct 2015
7 Am-   22c          12 Pm- 24c              10 Pm-24c
cloudy, all day, strong Westerly winds. No rain, thunder storms predicted.
7 Am- 22c             12 Pm- 25c              10 Pm- 25c
Cloudy all day, strong winds, No rain but thunder storms predicted
7 Am-22c              12 Pm- 27c              10 Pm-25c
Cloudy all day,  light Southey wind,   2 Pm, 25c, no wind, light rain till 4.30Pm. Rained all night
7 Am-23c               12Pm- 27c              10 Pm- 25c
Cloudy, light rain all morning till 1Pm, light southerly wind
7 Am- 23c               12Pm- 27c             10 Pm-24c
Grey sky's all day, no wind, light rain off and on all day.

19th to 26nd Oct
Another perfect week. 23 to 25c in the morning  with no cloud then up to 28 to 31c at 1200H.  Light  grey  cloud over in the late afternoon but no ran, which we desperately need. By 2200H the Temp dropped to around 23 to 27c .  All week there has been a good strong wind for the south and the West

26 Oct to 2 Nov. 

No real change in the weather, just one full day of grey clouds, but no rain, that night 2200H it was very hot 27c.
I took the Temp of the bonnet of my black car 71c, yes; I know why did I buy a black on a tropical Island??? It was cheap. The temp of the concrete footpath was 43c. The temp in the shade was 28c. If you are trying to work out how I took the Temp of the footpath, I used a Fluke Laser Thermometer, it also comes in handy for making homemade coconut soap 

 9th Nov 
Another warm week in Nadi, with no sign of rain. Day light saving started this week. One thing is for sure the wells are drying up in the Nadi district. The council is shipping water out to the small villages that are not on town supply
7Am still sitting around 25c    1200 Pm creeping up a little to around 31c    10 Pm  26c to 28c till around 3 Am.
Clouds over  in the afternoon  with moderate Westerly and southerly winds.
We spent five days down in the coral coast, it was very windy  and cloudy.  we had two out of the five night with light rain. The Temp were around 22c in the morning and at night, and 28c midday.  We had to hunt down a blanket for the bed.

16th Nov
7Am, 25-26c   =    1200 Pm, 30-32c  = 10 Pm, 25-28c 
Another hot week, rain was predicted, but not one drop has fallen on our house. The locals are saying it should  be raining  by now. The Westerly winds are helping to cool our house down, but it is also blowing the burn off from the sugarcane through our house.  The Government is helping out with drought relief in the Nadi area. They are supplying water trucks, water pumps to the villagers and digging deeper wells  for them.

23rd Nov
At last the predicted possibility of rain in the afternoon came true, after three months they got it right. The first day of rain was around 1700H and lasted fifteen minutes. The second day again was in the afternoon around 1300H. This shower lasted five minutes. The third day, around 1700H we had a two minute shower; the road was dry bone dry within ten seconds. The forth day we were back to hot sunny days with a light Westerly breeze

30th Nov.
 We are heading back to NZ on the first of December to catch up with the family and to head off into the bush for a few days. If we don’t freeze to death, we will be back in Fiji, the first week in February, the hottest month of the year.
So far this week it has not changed at all, still hot with some high cloud hanging around. NO Rain.
In the morning 1000H the wind is just starting to pick up, but drops off around 1600H. The best place to be around 1300H is on the beach catching the Westerly coastal winds. 
7Am, 25-26c   =    1200 Pm, 30-32c  = 10 Pm, 25-28c 
Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.



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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