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Climate - Pitcairn Islands

Temperature, rainfall, prevailing weather conditions, when to go, what to pack

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The climate of the Pitcairn Islands, a British territory in the Pacific Ocean, just south of the Tropic of Capricorn, is subtropical oceanic, with a warm (and sometimes hot) summer, so that the daily average temperature from December to April is 23/25, and a very mild winter, with a daily average around 22/24 °C from June to October.
Here are the average temperatures of Adamstwon.
Adamstwon average temperatures
Adamstwon J F M A M J J A S O N D
Min (°C) 22 23 22 21 20 19 18 18 18 18 19 21
Max (°C) 28 28 28 26 25 23 22 22 23 24 26 27

The rains are frequent in all seasons, so much so that in a typical year, 1,600 millimetres of rain fall, and in all the months precipitation exceeds on average 100 mm. Here is the average precipitation.
Average precipitation Adamstown
Adamstown J F M A M J J A S O N D Year
Prec. (mm) 120 140 120 155 130 155 150 125 140 135 120 165 1635
Days 14 13 13 12 11 11 11 12 12 13 14 14 150

The wind often blows moderate or strong, especially in the winter, when the western fronts pass and there may be periods of bad weather.
The amount of sunshine is high in the summer months, and still acceptable in the winter months, when there are still sunny days.
Adamstown, the capital, is located in the only inhabited island, the southernmost of the four islands of the archipelago, in which the descendants of the Bounty mutineers reside.
The Pitcairn Islands can be touched, though rarely, by tropical cyclones, usually not intense because the waters in which they are located are not warm enough and therefore do not provide a lot of energy. This happens from November to April.


The sea temperature is high in summer, while from July to October it becomes a little cool for swimming.
Sea temperature Adamstown
Adamstown J F M A M J J A S O N D
Sea (°C) 26 26 26 25 24 23 22 21 21 22 23 24

When to go

The best time to visit the Pitcairn Islands runs from January to March, being the warmest and sunniest. During this period you can also swim in the sea. Sometimes, however, in this period tropical cyclones may pass, or rather their remains. You can then come in the other months, particularly in September and October, when however the weather is a bit cool for swimming.

What to pack

In winter (June to August): spring/autumn clothes, light for the day, sweatshirt or sweater, jacket, raincoat or umbrella.
In summer (December to February): light clothes for the day, a scarf for the breeze, a sweatshirt for the evening, light raincoat or umbrella.

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