Best time to visit Pohnpei

The best time to visit Pohnpei is from early-January to late-March, and from late-July to early-November, during the least rainy months of the year.

February is the least-rainy month of the year.

Pohnpei weather

Micronesia experiences an equatorial climate: hot, humid and wet through the year. There is no dry season.

The island of Pohnpei is one of the wettest places on Earth, with an average of 10,160mm (400in) of rainfall each year. However, the frequent rains typically occur in the form of intense but short showers and thunderstorms.

Here are the average temperatures for Palikir, the capital of Micronesia, which is located on the island of Pohnpei.

What is the best month to visit Pohnpei, Micronesia?
February is the best month to visit Pohnpei, since this is the driest month of the year, although you can still expect rain.

Which is the hottest month in Pohnpei?
The hottest month of the year in Pohnpei is usually November, with an average high temperature of 31°C (87°F), high heat and humidity, and a low of 24°C (75°F).

The hot season in Pohnpei lasts from August through October, with an average daily high temperature above 31°C (88°F).

What is the humidity in Pohnpei?
Pohnpei experiences little seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 81% – 85% over the course of the year. Typically, it's humid all year round.

What do the humidity conditions feel like in Pohnpei?
We derive the humidity comfort level – what conditions feel like – from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the atmosphere: a higher dew point feels more humid, while a lower dew point feels drier.

Meteorologists agree that dew point temperature is a more consistant indication of 'absolute humidity' than relative humidity, which fluctuates with temperature. 

The average annual dew point in Pohnpei is 24°C (75°F), which is muggy; it typically feels muggy and uncomfortable all year round. 

Which is the coolest month in Pohnpei?
The coolest month in Pohnpei is January, with an average high of 30°C (86°F) and a low of 24°C (75°F).

The cooler season lasts from mid-December late-February, with an average daily high temperature below 31°C (88°F).

When is it sunniest in Pohnpei?
The sunniest time of year in Pohnpei is March with six hours of sunshine on average per day: that's around 47% of daylight hours.

When is the sea warmest in Pohnpei?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Pohnpei in September when the water temperature reaches 30°C (86°F), which is pleasantly warm for swimming.

The sea around Pohnpei is warm enough for swimming year-round.

Which month has the most rain in Pohnpei?
May is usually the wettest month in Pohnpei, with 470mm (18in) of rainfall on average, distributed across 21 days. 

Rain falls throughout the year in Pohnpei Island. The capital, Palikir, is one of the wettest capitals in the world, and receives on average 4500mm (177in) of rainfall per year.

The wetter season in Pohnpei lasts from mid-April to mid-December, with a greater than 61% chance of a given day being a wet day.

The drier season lasts from mid-December to mid-April. The month with the least rainfall in Pohnpei is February, with an average rainfall of 260mm (10in), distributed across 13 days.

What are the windiest months in Pohnpei?
The windiest month of the year in Pohnpei is January, with an average hourly wind speed of 27 kilometres per hour (14 knots).

December to mid-May are the windiest months of the year in Pohnpei, with average wind speeds of more than 20 kilometres per hour (10 knots).

Micronesia can be affected by the tropical cyclones, known locally as typhoons, from April to December, although they are more frequent between August and November.

It's less windy from mid-May through November. The calmest month of the year in Pohnpei is September, with an average hourly wind speed of 13 kilometres per hour (7 knots).

The predominant wind direction in Pohnpei is from the east throughout the year.

Pohnpei Monthly Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
30 30 31 31 31 31 31 32 32 32 31 31
Average low temperature (°C)
24 24 24 24 24 24 23 23 23 23 24 24
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
5 5 6 6 5 5 5 6 6 5 5 4
Average daily daylight (hrs)
11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 11
Comfort level – heat
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Comfort level – humidity (#muggy days)
31 28 31 30 31 30 31 31 30 31 30 31
Average dew point temperature (°C)
24 24 24 24 25 25 24 24 24 24 25 24
Average relative humidity (%)
81 80 81 82 84 85 84 84 84 85 84 82
UV Index (max)
11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
16 13 16 18 21 21 23 22 22 21 19 18
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
333 260 380 443 470 409 383 365 354 359 385 377
Average wind speed (km/h)
27 27 25 23 20 18 14 14 13 14 17 24
Average sea temperature (°C)
29 29 29 29 29 29 29 30 30 30 30 29
Palikir, Pohnpei, Micronesia

Source: Meteorological data for Pohnpei, Micronesia is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1992 to 2021 by the National Weather Service (NWS), United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the closest weather station: Pohnpei International Airport (PNI), located 11km (6.8mi) northeast of Palikir, the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia.

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

Latest update: Best time to visit Pohnpei, Micronesia: 10 May, 2024

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