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Best time to visit Seychelles

The best time to visit the Seychelles is during the dry season between May and September when the tropical high temperatures are cooled by sea breezes. The seasonal transition months of April and October can also be good months to visit.

Seychelles Weather

The Seychelles remain a year-round destination despite rain showers, which generally fall as sudden, heavy downpours that quickly clear leaving sunny, blue skies.

The Seychelles experiences a tropical climate governed by the trade winds with an annual temperature range between a high of 30°C (86°F) and a low of 23°C (73°F), with humidity around 80 per cent.

The pre-southeast monsoon period of April is usually calm and virtually windless with an average temperature of 28°C (82°F) peaking at 31°C (88°F) with a low of 25°C (75°F).

From May to October, the southeast trades bring cooler, drier weather that is also quite windy. From June, the average daily temperature drops to 26°C (79°F) peaking at 28°C (82°F) with a low of 23°C (73°F). July and August are the driest months.

The pre-northwest monsoon period of November is usually the onset of the rainy season with light winds and an average temperature of 27°C (80°F) peaking at 29°C (84°F) with a low of 23°C (73°F).

The hottest time of year is between November and April with the arrival of the northwest trades, which bring wet and warm airstreams and an average high around 30°C (86°F) with a low of 24°C (75°F). March and April are the hottest months.

The rainy season lasts from November to March, and while downpours can be heavy, they rarely last long. The wettest months are December and January.

Seasons

High season: Typically, the peak season runs from mid-December to mid-January, the Easter holidays and from July to August.

Tip: Plan your trip around what you want to do. Hiking, surfing and windsurfing are best at the start and end of the trade winds, usually around April and October; while diving, swimming and snorkelling are best during April/May and October/November when the water temperature averages 28°C (82°F) and visibility is often more than 30m.

Bird watching is best in April during the breeding season, between May and September for the nesting of sooty terns, and in October during migration. Game fishing is best between October and April.

Seychelles – Monthly Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave Temp (°C) 26 27 27 27 27 26 25 25 26 26 26 26
Ave High Temp (°C) 28 29 29 30 29 28 27 27 27 28 29 28
Ave Low Temp (°C) 24 25 25 25 25 25 24 24 24 23 23 23
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 5 6 7 8 8 8 7 8 8 7 7 6
Daylight (Hrs daily) 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Comfort Level Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately warm icon Moderately warm icon Moderately warm icon Moderately warm icon Moderately warm icon Moderately warm icon Moderately warm icon
Ave Humidity (%) 85 85 85 85 80 85 85 85 80 80 85 85
UV Index 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 11 11 11 11 11
Days with some Rain 18 13 14 17 15 17 16 16 14 14 16 20
Ave Rainfall (mm) 366 276 192 185 144 74 66 85 129 172 196 281
Sea Temp (°C) 28 29 29 30 29 27 26 26 27 28 28 28
(Praslin Island) J F M A M J J A S O N D

Seychelles – Monthly Review

January February March April
May June July August
September October November December

Note: Meteorological data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with additional historical climate data sourced from the Seychelles National Meteorological Services.



Latest update: When to visit the Seychelles: 18 November, 2018


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