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A tropical climate maintains even temperatures throughout the year, ranging from 24°C to 32°C during the day and 20°C to 26°C at night.
A tropical climate keeps the rich waters warm year-round, ranging from 26°C in August to 28°C in April.
The weather is comfortable and dry in the tourism high season of July and August. May through October is the austral winter and offers less rain and fewer crowds. The wet season is November through April and is the austral summer. French Polynesia is on the eastern edge of the South Pacific cyclone belt, and tropical storms are more likely from November to March. The trade winds prevail from the east making the eastern mountainous wetter than the western parts if the islands. In wet season, rainfall is heavy but doesn't last very long.
Tahiti has prevailing warm trade winds that are easterly between 15-20mph throughout the year, guaranteeing nice sailing on calm seas within the lagoons and spirited sails on the open-water passages. Inside the lagoons navigation is line of sight, but care is needed for shallow reefs. The tidal range is insignificant at less than a half meter.