The climate of the Pitcairn Islands, a British territory in the Pacific Ocean, just south of the Tropic of Capricorn (therefore in the Southern Hemisphere), is subtropical oceanic, characterized by a hot summer from December to March, when the maximum temperatures are around 27/28 °C (81/82 °F), and a very mild winter from June to September, with maximum temperatures around 22/23 °C (72/73 °F).
Adamstown, the capital, is located on the only inhabited island, the southernmost of the four islands of the archipelago, where the descendants of the Bounty mutineers reside.
Here are the average temperatures in Adamstown.
Adamstown - Average temperatures
Min (°C)222322212019181818181921
Max (°C)282828262523222223242627
Min (°F)727372706866646464646670
Max (°F)828282797773727273757981

The rains are frequent in all seasons, so much so that in a typical year, 1,600 millimeters (63 inches) of rain fall, and average precipitation exceeds 100 mm (4 in) in all months. Here is the average precipitation.
Adamstown - Average precipitation

The wind often blows, moderate or strong, especially in winter, when weather fronts brought by the westerlies often pass, bringing periods of bad weather.
The amount of sunshine is high in the summer months, and it's still acceptable in the winter months, when there are also sunny days.


The sea temperature is high enough for swimming in summer, while it becomes a little cool from July to October.
Adamstown - Sea temperature
Temp (°C)262626252423222121222324
Temp (°F)797979777573727070727375

Tropical cyclones

Sometimes, from November to April, the Pitcairn Islands can be affected by tropical cyclones, though it rarely happens; moreover, they are usually not intense because the waters in which they are located are not warm enough, and therefore do not provide a lot of energy. However, in the most intense El Niño years, such as 1982/83 and 1997/98, when the sea gets warmer, cyclones become more frequent.

Best Time

The best time to visit the Pitcairn Islands, either for excursions or for a beach holiday, runs from January to March, since it is the warmest and sunniest period of the year. Sometimes, however, in this period, a tropical cyclone may pass over the islands, or rather its remains. You can therefore go in the other months, in particular, in September and October, when, however, the weather is a bit cool for swimming.

What to pack

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