In the Federated States of Micronesia, the climate is equatorial, ie hot, humid and rainy throughout the year.
The temperature is definitely stable throughout the year, around 22/25 °C (72/77 °F) at night and 30/32 °C (86/90 °F) during the day; it rarely drops below 20 °C (68 °F), while sometimes it can reach 34/35 °C (93/95 °F).
Here are the average temperatures of the capital, Palikir.
Palikir - Average temperatures
Min (°C)232423232322222222222223
Max (°C)303030303030313131313130
Min (°F)737573737372727272727273
Max (°F)868686868686888888888886

The islands are located just north of the Equator, and are affected by the trade winds, constant winds which are able to temper a bit the heat. From a geographical point of view, they are called Caroline Islands, together with the islands of Palau.
Given the frequent rains, on average, the amount of sunshine is never excellent, but it is neither too low, in fact the rains occur in the form of intense but short showers and thunderstorms. However, the sun tends to be more frequent in the less rainy months.
Annual precipitation is abundant, and ranges from 2,500 to 5,000 millimeters (100 to 200 inches), but on the windward slopes of the larger islands (such as Pohnpei and Kosrae), which host some elevations in the interior, it can exceed 6,000 mm (235 in) per year, that is, as high as six meters (20 feet)! Mount Nahnalaud, 750 meters (2,450 ft) high, on the island of Pohnpei, is one of the wettest places on Earth, with 10,160 mm (400 in) of rain per year, and it is often covered with clouds.
Palikir, on the island of Pohnpei (ex Ponape), receives almost 4,800 mm (190 in) of rain per year, with a minimum of 260 mm (10.2 in) in February and a maximum of 490 mm (19.3 in) in May. Here is the average precipitation.
Palikir - Average precipitation

The driest islands are the flat atolls, where there are no hills and mountains which could enhance the formation of thunderclouds: in these cases, precipitation can drop below 4,000 mm (157 in) per year, and in some cases even below 3,000 mm (118 in).
However, since the country is affected by the so-called ENSO cycle, the rainfall pattern is quite irregular from year to year. In particular, the phenomenon known as El Niño can cause drought in this area of the Pacific.

On the westernmost island, Yap, 3,000 mm (118 in) of rain fall per year; the period from February to April is (relatively) less rainy, since rainfall does not exceed 150 mm (6 in) per month, which, however, is still a considerable amount. Here is the average rainfall.
Yap - Average precipitation

The sun in Yap shines more often in the first months of the year, ie in the less rainy period.
Yap - Sunshine

In Chuuk, rainfall totals 3,500 mm (138 in) per year, with a minimum of 170 mm (6.7 in) in February and a maximum of 360 mm (14 in) in May. From January to March, precipitation drops below 250 mm (10 in) per month.
On the southern island of Nukuoro, precipitation amounts to 4,000 mm (157 in) per year, though the pattern is different because the rainfall drops below 300 mm (12 in) per month from September to December.
Nukuoro - Average precipitation

In Kapingamarangi, located even more to the south, rainfall amounts to 3,000 mm (118 in), though it drops below 250 mm (10 in) from August to December and below 200 mm (8 in) in September and October.


The sea in Micronesia is pleasantly warm all year round, and has a very stable temperature, as we can see in the following table.
Palikir - Sea temperature
Temp (°C)292929292929292929292929
Temp (°F)848484848484848484848484

Tropical cyclones

Micronesia can be affected by tropical cyclones of the North Pacific Ocean, known in this area as typhoons. Typically, typhoons occur from April to December, although they are more frequent between August and November. However, since the sea is always warm, sometimes they can also occur from January to March, although usually during this period tropical depressions not intense are formed.
An exception is represented by the southern atoll of Kapingamarangi, which being located practically at the Equator, is sheltered from typhoons, or at most it can be affected in a marginal way.

Best Time

The best times to visit Micronesia are the driest ones (or rather the least rainy): from February to April on the westernmost islands (Yap Islands) and from January to March on the central-eastern islands (Eastern Caroline Islands). Typically, February is the least rainy month of all.

What to pack

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