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Climate and Weather

Kiribati lies in the dry belt of the equatorial climate zone. Butaritari in the north always has the highest rainfall, more than 3100 mm per year, followed by Tarawa. Eastern trade winds blow for most of the year, bringing high humidity.

Most atolls have a fairly constant temperature throughout the year. Tarawa, for example, has an average temperature of 25 to 26°C without a real rainy season. Because Kiribati is close to the equator, it does not suffer from typhoons. In March 1999 a state of emergency was declared after a long period of drought caused by El Niño. Immediately afterwards, however, it started raining again!


Galbraith, K. / Micronesia
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Levy, N.M. /Micronesia handbook Moon

CIA - World Factbook

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Last updated May 2024
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