Weather and climate
Partir en voyage à l’île de La Réunion permet de jouir d’un climat tropical adouci par l’influence de l’océan Indien et des alizés
Going on a trip to Reunion Island allows you to enjoy a tropical climate softened by the influence of the Indian Ocean and the trade winds.
Going on a trip to Reunion Island allows you to enjoy a tropical climate softened by the influence of the Indian Ocean and the trade winds. The island enjoys year-round sunshine on the north, west and south coasts. The variety of Reunion microclimates allows, during a single day, to taste the heat of the seaside and the freshness of the peaks by traveling short distances.
In the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed relative to the northern hemisphere. But during your trip to the island of Reunion, you will find that in the tropics, the notions of winter and summer are very relative. The year is divided into two major periods: the hot and humid season, from November to April, and the drier and cooler season, from May to October.
Your trip to the island of Reunion under the sign of the austral summer …
The austral summer peaks in January-February, with diurnal temperatures above 30 ° on the coast. Precipitation can be significant, although concentrated over short periods. It is also the season of tropical cyclones, which disrupt the island once or twice a year on average, for a few days. If you go on a trip to Reunion during this period, enjoy the waterfalls and vegetation, particularly spectacular.
.. or the austral winter
The austral winter, which culminates in July-August, results in slightly cooler temperatures (24 to 25 ° on the shores of the Indian Ocean), which are far from rigorous on the coast: even at night , the thermometer rarely drops below 20 °! The lagoon water, meanwhile, is around 22 °.
With rare exceptions, the trees do not lose their leaves and the plant species take turns to bloom.
On the other hand, if your trip to Reunion Island takes place in the Hauts, the temperature differences can be brutal.
Interseason (April-May, October-November), neither too hot nor too humid, are particularly pleasant.
Variation of the temperature in the day
The humidity differences favorable to the vegetation. To enjoy the views during your trip to the island of Reunion and enjoy a clear sky, it is better to leave early.Temperature is low between day and night, especially at sea level. during the day, the clouds cling on the reliefs, creating a cloud mass on the mountains.
The temperature of the water varies from 20 to 25 ° during the year, but the shallow lagoon waters are even warmer.
East / West: The eastern slope of Reunion receives the most important rains, while the west coast is much drier.
High / Low: At altitude, the temperature can drop to 0 ° and rarely exceed 25 ° in the middle of summer. From 1,800 m, in July and August, frosts are frequent, at the end of the night. Negative temperatures are sometimes recorded near the highest peaks.
Average temperature in Saint-Denis (sea level): from 24 ° (August, coolest month) to 30 ° (February, warmest month).
Average temperature in La Plaine-des-Palmistes (1,200 m): from 17 ° (August, during the day) to 24 ° (February).
Unusual phenomenon on a tropical island: it can exceptionally snow in Reunion! This was the case at the beginning of August 2003. For three days, the summit of Piton des Neiges bore its name. A thin white coat has also covered the area of the volcano and the ramparts, from the Maïdo peak to the Grand Bénare. The phenomenon was renewed in October 2006, with less intensity.
The sun goes down early: around 19h in summer, 18h in winter.
Sunrise: 5:30 on December 21st (summer solstice), 7am on June 21st (winter solstice).
Sunset: 19h on December 21st, 5:50 pm on June 21st
It’s an invitation to get up early to enjoy the best landscapes!