The best times to visit Papua New Guinea for ideal weather are
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Papua New Guinea Travel Guide
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Weather in Papua New Guinea
Average temperatures in Papua New Guinea 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 bottom 1 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 Papua New Guinea, the hottest months are January, November, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early December where highs are regularly around 88.4°F (31.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 79.2°F (26.2°C) at night.
Papua New Guinea Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Papua New Guinea 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.
Papua New Guinea Perceived Temperature (F)
Papua New Guinea Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Papua New Guinea 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 Papua New Guinea are December, July, and then September. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid December. For example, on the week of December 17th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early March with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of March 5th.
When can you find snow in Papua New Guinea? 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 Papua New Guinea.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Papua New Guinea (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
Papua New Guinea has some very humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is December (70.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (75.8%).
Wind in Papua New Guinea is usually calm. The windiest month is August, followed by July and March. August’s average wind speed of around 6 knots (6.9 MPH or 11.1 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid December where average top sustained speeds reach 11 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Papua New Guinea.
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||5||Light breeze||9.8||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||4.9||Light breeze||9.1||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||5.8||Light breeze||9.9||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||4.5||Light breeze||8.5||Gentle breeze|
|May||4.2||Light breeze||7.7||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||4.7||Light breeze||8.6||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||5.9||Light breeze||9.8||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||6||Light breeze||10.2||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||5.7||Light breeze||9.9||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||4.9||Light breeze||8.7||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||4.6||Light breeze||8.6||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||4.7||Light breeze||9.5||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Papua New Guinea?
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 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 Papua New Guinea 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 Papua New Guinea Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 86.6°F (30.3°C) and 84.3°F (29.1°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is very common with 8 to 12 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 8 to 11 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Papua New Guinea, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 87.4°F (30.8°C) and 83.4°F (28.6°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 8 to 10 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 Papua New Guinea to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 88.4°F (31.3°C) and 85.7°F (29.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a great amount: 6 to 13 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.
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