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Climate and Average Weather in Tuvalu

Tuvalu’s interesting reputation in the Internet comes from the royalties the country earns from its own Internet domain ‘.tv’ or ‘television’ that are currently in use by notable streaming sites. However, there is a lot more in this Pacific paradise that would capture each traveler's thirst for adventure.

Located halfway in the Pacific Ocean between Australia and the US state of Hawaii lies Tuvalu, the fourth smallest country in the world, humbly composed of nine coral atolls occupying a surface of 26 km² (16mi²). Tuvalu stands roughly 5 meters above sea level, making it a tropical haven of extensive beaches in the midst of the vast oceans entirely on the other side of the globe.

Tuvalu has a tropical climate with a very constant annual temperature and fairly high amounts of rain throughout the whole year. Tuvalu’s climate for most of the year is humid and hot with an annual temperature of 30°C. The climate from March to October tends to be a bit cooler and more pleasant. On the other hand, some discomfort may be experienced during the wet season—or the rainy season—from November to February.

October is Tuvalu’s sunniest month, while February is the least sunny month. Tuvalu gets an average of 235 hours of sunshine in October and an average maximum daytime temperature of around 31°C, whereas nighttime temperatures tend to hover around 26°C in Fongafale. While February is likewise a warm month in the country, obscure skies due to aerial phenomena in the Pacific result in an average of 162 hours of sunshine in Fongafale. February brings maximum daytime temperatures to Tuvalu of around 31°C and nighttime temperatures of around 25°C in Fongafale.

As a Pacific island, Tuvalu’s weather is affected by fluctuations in sea levels and frequent precipitation. January is Tuvalu’s wettest month, while September is the driest. The average precipitation in Tuvalu for the month of January is from 401 mm rainfall in Fongafale. Meanwhile, average precipitation in Tuvalu for the month of October ranges around 266 mm in Fongafale.

How do I get to Tuvalu?
Tuvalu is accessible by plane through the Funafuti International Airport. In addition, traveling to Tuvalu is only possible via transit flights from neighboring countries Fiji and Australia, depending on the availability of flights on a given date. Another feasible but uncommon route travelers can take is a flight from Hawaii to Fiji, then another connecting flight from Fiji to Tuvalu thereafter.

Does it snow in Tuvalu?
As Tuvalu is situated in the Pacific where tropical climate prevails among the island nations therein, the country does not get snowfall, nor does it experience fall or the autumn season. Furthermore, there has never been a recorded instance of snowfall in the country.

When is the best time to travel to Tuvalu?
Because Tuvalu has a maritime tropical climate all year-round, the country can be visited at any time of the year. Despite this, we think that the best time to travel to Tuvalu is between the months of September to November, as these months get the least amount of rainfall within the year.

You certainly do not want to miss October in Tuvalu. Besides getting peak levels of sunshine during the month, Tuvalu likewise celebrates its Independence Day on October 1st through parades and festivals in Funafuti—the perfect time to get acquainted with the country’s rich history and culture. Tuvalu’s crystal clear, azure waters in its atoll beaches make it one of the most exquisite destinations for swimming in the Pacific, offering travelers the experience of their lifetime.

Are you interested in more detailed information for various cities in Tuvalu?
Please select the city you plan to visit, or one closest to your destination. For each selected city, you will see the following graphs:
1. Yearly average minimum and maximum temperatures
2. Monthly averages of precipitation throughout the year (rainfall, snow etc)
3. Monthly average hours of sunshine throughout the year

Additionally, some pages provide historical weather data such as humidity, wind speed, and water temperature.

Places in Tuvalu

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