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Seychelles weather and climate

The Seychelles Islands are blessed with weather that is always warm and doesn't reach extremes of heat or cold

Weather in the Seychelles

The Seychelles Islands are blessed with weather that is always warm and doesn't reach extremes of heat or cold. The temperature rarely goes below 24 degrees C or increases above 32 degrees C. Except for the southernmost islands, all islands remain outside the tropical storm belt, making the Seychelles into a year-round site for sun worshippers and beach lovers. Trade storms in the northwest arrive between October and March, but the ocean is usually peaceful, with a hot, damp climate. The winds at this time are usually eight to 12 knots. The people here relish their great climate and take full advantage of the nice weather. In January and February, the islands get good rains, replenishing rivers and streams and coaxing the tropical foliage into a lush, green growth. From May to September, the climate is cooler, and the seas livlier, particular on southeastern beaches. The winds during this time are about 10 to 12 knots. There is always a chance of storms, but they tend to move in and out quickly.

The Seychelles Trade Winds

From May to September, the souteastern trade storms blow through the Seychelles, making the climate drier, windier, and slightly cooler than the rest of the year. Northwestern coasts usually have calm waters during this time. When the northwestern trade winds blow, it is the southeastern coasts that have calm water. Between May and August, there are strong currents, strong enough to carry sea grass onto the beaches. This is when the ocean is most turbulent, particularly in July and August. People planning a visit to the Seychelles should do some research first to find out when the best time would be to visit, based on the what they want to do on vacation.

From October to April are the northwestern trade storms. These are not as powerful as the southeastern trade storms. This period makes the humidity higher and the seas calmer. This is the period when the greatest precipitation occurs on the islands. April and October are usually the most comfortable months weatherwise, and visibility for divers is great during this time, too. Since the islands are near the equator, the Seychelles are used to rain all year. But usually these rains are brief showers, which are rapidly followed by humid sunlight - and thriving tropical plants.

Weather in the Seychelles Islands is usually calm and always warm, and usually humid, too. These small islands are subject to influence from the surrounding seas. Rainfall reaches 288 cm a year in Victoria, and 355 cm on mountainous slopes. Precipitation on the islands is not as great as one might expect for a tropical island. During July and August, the temperature can drop to 21 degrees C. May to September are the months for the southeast trade storms and is considered one of the best times to visit the Seychelles. The weather is hottest from December to April, and the humidity is high - often 80% or higher.

Necessary clothes and what to pack

The weather in the Seychelles is hot and humid, so bring light clothing for your stay. Also bring swimsuits and shorts, tee-shirts, sandals, and a good pair of walking ahoes. Being near to the equator, the sun is exceptionally strong in the Seychelles, so it is wise to bring sunglasses, hats, and high SPF sunblock. Even when the weather is cloudy, the sun is strong enough that hats and sunblock are necessary. If you plan to visit the islands during the wet season, be sure to bring proper rain gear. Make sure you pack a range of clothing styles for the different weather you'll encounter as you explore these islands.

With temperatures averaging a warm 29 degrees C year-round, the weather in the Seychelles is aways pleasant. Depending on the purpose of your holiday, there may be certain times that are better than others for travel. Peak travel seasons are December-January and July-August. The high heat and humidity are tempered by the sea breezes that occur during the daytime. Nights may feel particularly muggy for those not used to hot, humid weather. However, the temperature generally does not reach extremes that are hazardous to health as long as visitors remember the importance of regular hydration.

Depending on your preferred activity, you may follow these guidelines in scheduling your visit to the Seychelles.

For surfing and windsurfing, hiking and walking, May to September are best. For diving, the best months are March through May and September through November. Fishing is good October through April. Birdwatchers may want to visit in April, which is breeding season, May through September, when the sooty terns nest, and October, when birds migrate. Sailing and Snorkeling are good year-round.

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