The climate in French Southern and Antarctic Lands

Average daytime and nighttime temperatures

All climatic diagrams of this page are taken from the collected data from 3 measuring stations in French Southern and Antarctic Lands.
All data correspond to the average monthly values of the last 20 years.

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Climate zone: Moderate zone of the southern hemisphere

It rarely gets really warm here and you can safely leave your swimwear at home. Due to the warmer temperatures the best time for traveling is from January to February. Nearly unattractive for tourists are the cold months from June to September.

Duration of daylight and sunshine in French Southern and Antarctic Lands

hours of sunshine per daySunshine hours per day in French Southern and Antarctic Lands
rainy days per monthRainy days per month in French Southern and Antarctic Lands
Precipitation in mm/dayPrecipitation in French Southern and Antarctic Lands
Relative humidity in %Relative humidity in French Southern and Antarctic Lands
Absolute humidity in g/m³ (approx.)Absolute humidity in French Southern and Antarctic Lands

Temperature records of the last 67 years

The hottest temperature measured from 1954 to June 2021 was reported by the Ile Amsterdam weather station. In February 2015 the record temperature of 26.2 °C was reported here. The hottest summer from July to September, based on all 2 weather stations in French Antarctic Lands , was recorded in 1990 with an average temperature of 12.5 °C. This average temperature will normally be measured every 4 to 6 hours, thus also including the nights. Normally, this value is 6.7 degrees Celsius.

The coldest day in these 67 years was reported by the weather station Port Aux Francais Kerguelen. Here the temperature dropped to -9.5 °C in August 2014. Port Aux Francais Kerguelen lies at an altitude of 30 meters above sea level. The coldest winter (January to March) was in 1986 with an average temperature of 7.3 °C. In French Antarctic Lands, it is usual to have about 4.8 degrees more at 12.1 °C for this three-month period.

The most precipitation fell in March 1978. With 14.1 mm per day, the Ile Amsterdam weather station recorded the highest monthly average of the last 67 years.

Data basis: German Weather Service, individual values averaged and supplemented by own elements.
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