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Fiji Weather

The climate in Fiji is mild tropical maritime without extreme heat or cold. The average daytime temperature around the Fiji Islands varies only by a few degrees, because of the influence of the surrounding ocean. 


The Summer from November till April is warm and humid with calm and sunny days often with short but heavy afternoon or night showers. Summer temperatures average about 28 C. The warmest and calmest is usually February/March with Temperatures just over 30 Celsius.

Winters from May till October bring dryer south east trade winds that can cause the evenings to be cool and windy. Average daytime temperature in winter are arround 25 C. August usually is the coldest month temperatures can drop just under 20 Celsius on overcast days.


 Frogfish, Levuka Wharf, Fiji
 

Winds
Average winds in Fiji are light to moderate, with the predominating wind direction south easterly tradewinds.
 
The sommer month are usually calm with flat seas for many weeks, which makes boat rides very easy and  enjojable.

In winter the trade winds pick up and become more persistent. Strongest average winds are in august, and seas are often choppy and rough vor many weeks.
Boat trips with small boats could be uncomfortable and may be restricted to close protected dive sites.


Rainfall
Rainfall in Fiji is influenced by the topography of the islands and the prevailing south east trade winds. 

Tropical Cyclones
Fiji is occasionally affected by  tropical cyclones.
They occur then ussually in the summer season from November to April. That's why summer is also beeing called the cyclon season.
The long calm periods in the equatorial pacific without any wind in summer, heat up the ocean and atmosphaere. When there is enough energy build up this will unload in tropical low pressure cells or may form a tropical cyclone.
But cyclones are rare to affect Fiji. Statistically only one cyclone per year affects the Fiji group and about only every third one causes severe damage to some area in Fiji. Specific locations may not be directly affected for several years.
To experinece a cyclone in Fiji is a rare  event.
More about Fiji Weather on Fiji Meteorlogical Service
Levuka during Cyclone Gene 2008

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