Climate zone: The northern part of Madagascar is located in the equatorial tropics, the southern parts of the country belong geographically to the subtropics.
High humidity in Madagascar and high temperatures are causing a pleasant weather at times, but also and partly tropical hot and humid. It is warm to hot all year round and invites to bathe at average water temperatures of 26 degrees. Dued to the lesser rain the best time for traveling is from May to October. Most precipitation decrease from December to March.
› Duration of daylight and sunshine in Madagascar
hours of sunshine per day rainy days per month Precipitation in mm/day Relative humidity in % Water temperature Absolute humidity in g/m³ (approx.)
Temperature records of the last 68 years
The hottest temperature measured from 1951 to December 2019 was reported by the Antalaha weather station. In March 2019 the record temperature of 39.6 °C was reported here. The hottest summer from July to September, based on all 27 weather stations in Madagascar below 1530 metres altitude, was recorded in 2011 with an average temperature of 23.1 °C. This average temperature will normally be measured every 4 to 6 hours, thus also including the nights. Normally, this value is 22.2 degrees Celsius. The average maximum daily temperature at that time was 27.6 °C.
The coldest day in these 68 years was reported by the weather station Ranohira. Here the temperature dropped to -23.6 °C in July 2017. Ranohira lies at an altitude of 824 meters above sea level. The coldest winter (January to March) was in 1965 with an average temperature of 25.3 °C. In Madagascar, it is usual to have about 1.0 degrees more at 26.4 °C for this three-month period.