Fiji has a range of climates, from the hot and dry to the warm and wet. The conditions are favorable for the growth of a variety of food and commercial crops.
The leeward sides of the major islands (eg the Lautoka or Labasa areas) are generally drier, with clear skies, a limited temperature range and abundant sunshine. (It is on the leeward or western side of Viti Levu that most of Fiji’s resorts are located).
Average annual rainfall there is 165 to 180 cm. The windward sides of the islands are subject to cloudy skies and frequent rains with even temperatures and moderate sunshine. Suva is an example of a windward climatic area and averages 300 cm of rainfall annually. (Bring your umbrella to Suva).
Fiji's climate is punctuated by a wet and dry season. The wet season, between November and April, is also when hurricanes and cyclones are most apt to occur. The dry season is between May and October. Average temperature ranges in Suva are from 20 to 26 degrees Celsius (68 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit) in August to 23 to 30 degrees Celsius (73 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit) in February.
The inevitable question is when it's the best to visit Fiji?
If you have difficulty with humidity and heat, the cool, dry months (from May to October) would probably be the best time.
The so-called `winter’ begins in July. During July and August the temperature may drop to between 18\C and 20\C, and lower inland. Even during the winter months, however, these relatively low temperatures are by no means constant. Spells of cloudy, cool weather with occasional rains alternate with warm, sunny days, sometimes of high humidity.
The hot, wet season may begin as early as November; but the heat and humidity that many people from moderate climates find difficult occurs roughly from January through March. During this time the temperature ranges from 23\C to 31\C, and it may rain nearly every day.
If you’re interested in sunset, sunrise, dawn and dusk times in Fiji and elsewhere go to Matti Tukianien’s site.
(Charts and text courtesy of Global Surfers.)