The best times to visit Papua New Guinea for ideal weather are

early July

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.



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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)


“Feels-Like” Temperatures

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.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 86.5 81.8 76.5
Feb 86.1 81.2 74.9
Mar 84.9 80.5 74.9
Apr 84.8 80.3 74.6
May 84.7 80.2 74.7
Jun 84.1 80.1 75.2
Jul 83.5 79.2 73.5
Aug 83.1 79.1 73.9
Sep 83.6 79.4 74.3
Oct 85.5 81.2 75.7
Nov 86.1 81.8 76.4
Dec 86.1 81.6 75.7

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 30.3 27.7 24.7
Feb 30.1 27.3 23.8
Mar 29.4 26.9 23.8
Apr 29.3 26.8 23.7
May 29.3 26.8 23.7
Jun 28.9 26.7 24
Jul 28.6 26.2 23.1
Aug 28.4 26.2 23.3
Sep 28.7 26.3 23.5
Oct 29.7 27.3 24.3
Nov 30.1 27.7 24.7
Dec 30.1 27.6 24.3



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.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Papua New Guinea (in).

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 43% 0 13.6
Feb 44% 0 9.3
Mar 40% 0 9.8
Apr 38% 0 10.6
May 27% 0 6.9
Jun 38% 0 6.4
Jul 25% 0 5.6
Aug 32% 0 7.8
Sep 27% 0 7.7
Oct 33% 0 9
Nov 29% 0 6.9
Dec 20% 0 3.6

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 43 0 34.5
Feb 44 0 23.6
Mar 40 0 24.9
Apr 38 0 26.9
May 27 0 17.5
Jun 38 0 16.3
Jul 25 0 14.2
Aug 32 0 19.8
Sep 27 0 19.6
Oct 33 0 22.9
Nov 29 0 17.5
Dec 20 0 9.1


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.

Avg. Relative Humidity


The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

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
Jan 75.5%
Feb 70.3%
Mar 74.6%
Apr 75.5%
May 74.8%
Jun 75.8%
Jul 73.2%
Aug 74.1%
Sep 72.5%
Oct 70.5%
Nov 70.2%
Dec 70.2%


Is it Safe to Travel to Papua New Guinea?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat unsafe. As of Dec 04, 2023 there are strong travel warnings for Papua New Guinea; avoid non-essential travel. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Oct 26, 2023.


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

Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 58.3 in December means 58.3% of the tourists vs. July.



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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