A tropical climate tempered by the trade winds

Whether your stay in New Caledonia falls during the hot season or the cool season, you can be sure of a delightful semi-tropical climate, with temperatures and sunshine guaranteed to make your holiday perfect!

The essential

  • Temperatures are neither too hot nor too cold
  • Just the place for year-round sea bathing!
  • Blue skies and sunshine guaranteed
  • Rainfall
  • The refreshing coolness of the Trade Winds
  • What about cyclones?

Temperatures are neither too hot nor too cold.

Average monthly temperature throughout the year is around 24°C in the shade. It hovers between 20-22°C during the cooler months (July/August) and 27-28°C during the hotter months (December/January/February).
 

Just the place for year-round sea bathing!

Water temperatures are pleasant all year round, varying between 22 and 28.5°C.
 

Blue skies and sunshine guaranteed

On average, there are only 20 days a year when the sun doesn’t make an appearance.
 

Rainfall

Average rainfall for the whole of the Main Island is 1,700 mm/year, but the East Coast gets twice as much rain as the West Coast. Statistically speaking, the dry seasons are April to May and September to November.
 

The refreshing coolness of the Trade Winds

Thanks to New Caledonia’s geographical location in the southern hemisphere, the country enjoys constant cooling south-easterly and easterly breezes. These trade winds not only keep the climate pleasantly balmy but also make New Caledonia a paradise for a host of sports: sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing...
 

What about cyclones?

New Caledonia can be hit by tropical cyclones but, while their impacts can indeed be serious, such severe weather events remain unforeseeable and relatively rare. Over the last 20 years (1996-2016), only 9 cyclones have made landfall in New Caledonia.

You can check the weather forecast on www.meteo.nc.