The best time to visit New Caledonia is from September to December, when the days are warm and sunny with little or no rain. But overall – with sunny year-round subtropical weather – New Caledonia is good to visit at anytime of the year.
New Caledonia has two main seasons: the cool winter season from June to August and the hot summer season from November to March; as well as two short transitional seasons.
The summer season includes the hot, wet cyclone season from January through March, which usually brings torrential downpours at any time of the day, but especially during the hottest months of February and March.
You can expect some rainfall at anytime of the year in New Caledonia.
The cooler months between April and August are best for hiking, climbing, cycling and horseback riding; May to September is best for surfing; and October to January is best for swimming, snorkelling, diving and sunbathing.
April to November offers the best time for sailing, with southeasterly trade winds providing a regular 15-20 knots of wind daily. The tidal range in New Caledonia is only half a metre and currents are negligible.
|Ave Temp (°C)||26||26||26||24||23||21||20||20||21||23||24||25|
|Ave High Temp (°C)||29||29||29||27||25||24||23||23||24||26||27||29|
|Ave Low Temp (°C)||23||23||23||23||22||20||18||17||17||18||21||22|
|Sunshine (Hrs daily)||7||7||6||7||6||5||6||7||7||8||8||8|
|Daylight (Hrs daily)||13||13||12||12||11||11||11||11||12||13||13||13|
|Ave Humidity (%)||80||80||85||80||80||80||75||75||75||75||75||75|
|Days with some Rain||10||9||12||10||10||10||9||8||7||4||5||7|
|Ave Rainfall (mm)||115||124||150||105||85||115||70||65||40||50||60||80|
|Sea Temp (°C)||26||27||26||26||25||23||23||22||22||23||24||25|
|(Noumea, New Caledonia)||J||F||M||A||M||J||J||A||S||O||N||D|
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|› 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 Météo France en Nouvelle-Calédonie.
Latest update: Best time to visit New Caledonia: 18 November, 2018
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