The best times to visit Lae for ideal weather are
August 20th to September 16th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Lae Travel Guide
Other Lae Travel Info
Weather in Lae
Average temperatures in Lae vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a chance of rain throughout most of the year. The area is far less temperate than some — in the 7th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Lae, the hottest months are December, November, and then February. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid to late November where highs are regularly around 91.9°F (33.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 79.8°F (26.6°C) at night.
Lae Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Lae Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Lae Perceived Temperature (F)
Lae Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Lae Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Lae are January, October, and then August. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early June with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of June 4th.
When can you find snow in Lae? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Lae.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Lae (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Lae has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is November (62.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (73.7%).
Wind in Lae is usually moderate. The windiest month is September, followed by August and October. September’s average wind speed of around 10.4 knots (11.9 MPH or 19.2 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid August where average top sustained speeds reach 24.8 knots, which is considered a strong breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Lae.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||10||Gentle breeze||18.2||Strong breeze|
|Feb||9.9||Gentle breeze||18.7||Strong breeze|
|Mar||9.8||Gentle breeze||18.2||Strong breeze|
|Apr||8.8||Gentle breeze||18||Strong breeze|
|May||9.1||Gentle breeze||18||Strong breeze|
|Jun||8.3||Gentle breeze||17.4||Strong breeze|
|Jul||9.2||Gentle breeze||18.2||Strong breeze|
|Aug||10.2||Gentle breeze||20.1||Strong breeze|
|Sep||10.4||Gentle breeze||19.7||Strong breeze|
|Oct||10.1||Gentle breeze||20.9||Strong breeze|
|Nov||9.5||Gentle breeze||20.1||Strong breeze|
|Dec||8.3||Gentle breeze||17.5||Strong breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Lae?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for Papua New Guinea; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 20, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Lae, Papua New Guinea is July, followed by September and May. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Lae in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Lae Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 91.7°F (33.2°C) and 86°F (30°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 7 to 9 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Winter (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 6 to 11 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Lae, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 91.9°F (33.3°C) and 85.9°F (29.9°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 to 8 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.
Summer (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in Lae to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 91.8°F (33.2°C) and 88.5°F (31.4°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 10 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.