The Madagascar weather is incredibly varied due to the size
and diversity of the Island of Madagascar. Southern Madagascar
crosses the tropic of Capricorn leaving most of the country
of Madagascar in the Indian ocean equatorial tropic region.
Rainy season: November to March.
Dry season: April to October
Cyclone Season: January to March
The south and west regions are hot and dry.
Monsoons bring storms and cyclones to the east and north from
December to March.
The mountains, including Antananarivo, are warm and thundery
from November to April and dry, cool and windy the rest of
Madagascar enjoys 7 to 8 hours of sunshine daily throughout
Climate & when to go
Any time of year is fine for a visit except from January to
March, when heavy rainfall in many areas can make some roads
all but impassable, and when there’s a high risk of
cyclones in the east and northeast. In general, the best time
to travel in most areas is April and October/November. The
coolest time to travel anywhere is during the dry season (May
to October), but during this time the hauts plateaux (central
highlands; which include Antananarivo) can get cold and windy,
with freezing showers.
The west and southwest get searingly hot during summer, but
the winter months in these regions are pleasant, with blue
skies, cooler temperatures and little rain. Most rain in the
northeast falls from July to September.
Average maximum temperatures vary from about 30°C in
coastal areas (higher in summer) to around 25°C on the
hauts plateaux. In Antananarivo and other highland areas,
temperatures during winter can drop to 10°C and even lower
during the night.
Hotels and popular tourist attractions often get full, and
prices go up, during the European holiday period from July
to August, and during Christmas and Easter.