The climate of the Cocos (or Keeling) Islands, a territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean south of the equator, is tropical, with a hotter period from December to March, during which the maximum temperature hovers around 29/30 °C (84/86 °F), and a relatively cool period from June to October, during which the maximum temperature drops to around 27/28 °C (81/82 °F). The warmest months, albeit slightly, are February and March. The temperature is very stable, and it practically never gets either cold or very hot.
Here are the average temperatures of West Island.
West Island - Average temperatures
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Min (°C)242525252524232323232424
Max (°C)293030292828272728282829
Min (°F)757777777775737373737575
Max (°F)848686848282818182828284

The relative humidity is always high, but the heat is tempered by the trade winds, which blow throughout the year, with a greater intensity in the coolest months (July and August), and a lower intensity in the warmest months (February and March).
Rainfall is abundant, around 2,000 millimeters (79 inches) per year; there is no dry period, even though the rains are more abundant from January to July, when they are around 200 mm (8 in) per month, with a maximum in March and April. The least rainy period is from September to November, when the amount of rainfall is lower than 100 mm (4 in) per month. The rainfall records, however, are high even in the months that are generally less rainy, which means that during some years the rains do not follow the same pattern.
Here is the average precipitation.
West Island - Average precipitation
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Prec.(mm)1901602302301902002101308070901101890
Prec.(in)7.56.39.19.17.57.98.35.13.12.83.54.374.4
Days111215141416161310888145

There is a fair amount of sunshine hours even in the wettest months because the tropical rains mainly occur in the form of downpours or thundestorms, so they do not last long. However, the sun shines more often in the driest season.

Cocos Islands

The sea is warm enough to swim in all year round, as you can see in the following table.
Cocos Islands - Sea temperature
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp (°C)282828282828272727272727
Temp (°F)828282828282818181818181

Tropical cyclones



The Cocos Islands can be affected by tropical cyclones of the southern Indian Ocean, whose season runs from November 1 to May 15, although they are more frequent from December to March. However, in this area of the Indian Ocean, some tropical depressions (not intense) have also been formed in other periods, in June-July and September-October.

Best Time



The best time to visit the Cocos Islands corresponds to the months of September and October, since they are on average the least rainy of the year. However, some showers should be taken into account also in this period. August is typically an acceptable month as well, although it's a bit more rainy.

What to pack



All year round, bring light clothes, a scarf for the breeze, a light sweatshirt for the evening, a light raincoat or umbrella, especially in the rainy season.