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Fiji is ideally located in the tropics of the southern hemisphere.
It lies on the 180 Meridian where the dawning of each new day
Over 300 islands make the Fiji group of islands with a total
land area of just 18,272 square kilometers. Of the 300 islands,
only a 100 or so islands are inhabited by humans and the rest
are left as nature reserves.
Latitude: 12°-21°S and
The two major islands in the group are known as Viti Levu and
Almost 80 percent of the population live on these two islands.
Still the majority of the population live in the rural areas
and the outer islands. Only about 40 percent of the population
live in urban areas.
Greater Suva - 167,975
Lautoka - 43,274
Nadi - 30,884
Labasa - 24,095
* 1996 Census
Weather on Fiji
Fiji weather is distinctly tropical. Overall, temperatures between
November and April (summer) are slightly higher than the winter
months, as is the humidity and the resulting tropical downpours.
Light cotton clothes are advisable at all times - only between
May and October (winter) will a light sweater be needed for nights
and early mornings.
However, the weather in Fiji varies considerably between island
regions. This is due to the dominant south-east trade winds which
traps clouds over the mountains on the south-eastern sides of
the larger islands - rainfall in Suva is much higher than in
Nadi on the western, leeward side of the main island which is
good if you want to experience the vibrant rainforest but not
so good for sun-bathing.
Summer - December to April
Summer begins early in December and lasts until April. During
this time it is hot and humid (32oC by day) with bright sunny
mornings and predictable late afternoon downpours on the larger
islands, although the small offshore islands often miss these
downpours altogether. This 'wet season' is a good time to come
to experience the lush vibrancy of the rainforest - rivers
are full, waterfalls gushing and the hills of the larger islands
become refreshingly green. The down side is the high humidity,
the increase in mosquitoes and the possibility of tropical
storms or mightier cyclones.
Winter - May to November
By the end of April, Fiji experiences a more moderate climate.
Temperatures are comfortably warm by day (27oC) and pleasantly
cool at night (19oC) when a light jumper may be necessary.
By midwinter (July), many parts of the country welcome rain
- the hills around Nadi turn brown and water shortages occur
on the smaller islands. However, on the eastern sides of the
larger islands, notably Suva, Savusavu and Taveuni, rainfall
is never far away keeping the air clear and scenery green year
Average Air Temperatures: 23 - 30°C 73 - 86°F
Average Water Temperatures: 27 - 29°C 80 - 84°F
Average Air Temperature: 20 - 26°C 68 - 79°F
Average Water Temperatures: 25 - 27°C 77 - 80°F
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