Weather & Climate – Madagascar
Climate Chart Antananarivo – 1,280m / 4,199ft
Madagascar has a tropical climate. Winter and summer are at opposite times as compared to Europe and North America. November to April is the hot, Wet season; and May to October is the mild, Dry season. There are however wide regional variations. The highlands of the interior are cooler and less humid than the coastal areas. Rainfall is high in the east and very low in the southwest.
Antananarivo’s climate compared to Madagascar’s beaches & parks
Antananarivo is located in the central highlands of Madagascar. Andasibe-Mantadia (comprising Analamazaotra NP and Mantadia NP) and Ranomafana NP, some of the country’s most popular parks, have a similar climate. The eastern part of Madagascar, which includes Masoala NP, Palmarium Reserve and Nosy Mangabe SR, experiences more rainfall and can be affected by seasonal cyclones. The west of the country is overall drier and sees a more pronounced Wet and Dry season. Parks in this region include Ankarafantsika and Bemaraha NP, Ankarana SR and Kirindy Forest. The driest and hottest of all is the southwest of the island, which includes Berenty PR, Ifotaka Forest, Tsimanampetsotsa NP and Cap Sainte Marie SR. Madagascar’s most popular beach destination, Nosy Be, has a hot, tropical climate year-round with regular downpours from December to March.
Dry season –May to October –Winter
It is cool and the humidity is low. Rain is very sporadic. July is the coolest month with an average high of 21°C/69°F, and an average low of 10°C/50°F.
Dry Season Photos
Wet season –November to April –Summer
The Wet season months are humid and warm, but because of the altitude, it never gets really hot in the interior. It rains a lot and waterproof clothing is essential. Daytime temperatures average 27°C/81°F.