Weather & Climate – Sainte Luce Reserve

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Insight guide to Madagascar.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Insight Guide to Madagascar.

Philip is the author of the Insight Guide to Madagascar.

Sainte Luce Reserve has a warm to hot climate, but a sea breeze usually provides relief from the heat. It rains throughout the year, but the driest months are August to October. Rainfall peaks from January to March and this is also the hottest time of the year with an average maximum day temperature of around 30°C/86°F.

Dry season April to September – Winter

There is less rain during this period. The average maximum day temperature is around 25°C/77°F. Conditions are very comfortable. Evenings and early mornings are cool with an average temperature of 17°C/63°F.

  • April & May – This is the beginning of a cooler period with less rain. It is warm in the afternoon with temperatures reaching 27°C/81°F, but evenings and early mornings are cool with temperatures of around 19°C/66°F.
  • June, July, August & September – These are the coolest months. The average maximum day temperature is around 24°C/75°F. September and October are the driest months, but there is no real Dry season.

Wet season October to March – Summer

It is hot and humid during this period. Luckily, the sea breeze usually brings a welcome relief. It rains throughout the season, but January to March are the wettest months. Daytime temperatures average at 29°C/84°F.

  • October – It warms up and the average daytime temperature is 27°C/81°F.
  • November & December – The temperature and humidity increases as does the average rainfall. Daytime temperatures reach 29°C/84°F in December.
  • January, February & March – These are the wettest months and rainfall peaks in March. It is very hot and humid. In the daytime it gets to around 30°C/86°F and at night temperatures cool down to around 23°C/73°F.

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