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Climate - Tokelau

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

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Tokelau, an archipelago consisting of three coral atolls, is a territory of New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean, and has a hot, humid and rainy climate throughout the year.
The temperature is stable: in the northernmost atoll of Atafu the daily average is around 28 °C throughout the year, and goes down to 27 °C in the southern atolls, therefore further away from the equator, of Nukunonu and Fakaofo.
Here are the average temperatures of Nukunonu.
Nukunonu average temperatures
Nukunonu J F M A M J J A S O N D
Min (°C) 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24
Max (°C) 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30

The rainfall is abundant, amounting to around 2,800 millimetres per year, with a rainier period between November and March, when precipitation is not less than 250 mm per month, and a relatively less rainy period between April and September, when however it doesn't go below 150 mm per month. Here is the average precipitation in Nukunonu.
Average precipitation Nukunonu
Nukunonu J F M A M J J A S O N D Year
Prec. (mm) 360 290 245 180 165 205 195 170 175 200 245 310 2745

Tokelau lie in the path of tropical cyclones, which can pass from November to mid-May, although on June 1997 they were affected by the "latecomer" cyclone Keli.


For swimming, the sea is warm all year round, as we can see in the following table.
Sea temperature Tokelau
Tokelau J F M A M J J A S O N D
Sea (°C) 30 30 29 29 29 29 29 29 29 29 30 30

When to go

The best time to visit the Tokelaus runs from mid-May to October, being the driest (though showers and thunderstorms are still relatively frequent) and out of the period of cyclones. Given the albeit rare precedents in which cyclones have occurred outside of this period, for greater security, you can restrict the best period to July-mid-October.

What to pack

All year round, tropics-friendly, loose fitting clothing, sun hat, a scarf for the breeze, a light sweatshirt for the evening, light raincoat or umbrella.

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