Common description

French Polynesia


The climate in most of French Polynesia, mainly in the center, is tropical, trade wind. In the north (Marquesas Islands) - subequatorial. In the southern part, noticeable differences are observed between warm winters and hot summers. On the southern islands of Tubuai, the climate is subtropical humid. The hottest and wettest season is from November to May, when northwest winds often blow. In the hottest months, the temperature is usually 27 - 32 ° C and the humidity is very high (about 92%) and rainfall reaches up to 1700 mm (75% of the annual norm). Precipitation at this time falls mainly in the form of powerful but short-term evening showers, or prolonged drizzling rains lasting up to several days.
In the dry season (June to October) southeast trade winds prevail. The lowest temperatures drop in July-August (in the south - up to 18 - 21 ° C).
The average annual temperatures are mainly on most islands from 22 to 26 ° C, with insignificant monthly oscillation amplitudes. The trade winds and the exposure of the island (slope) determine the climatic conditions and weather on the islands of Polynesia. Precipitation - 1500 - 3500 mm.


French Pacific franc (FR CFP franc) (commonly used - franc) is the monetary unit used in the following overseas possessions of France: French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna.

French Polynesia on map