What is the Weather Like in Niue in August?
The main reason why August is the most popular month to travel to Niue is the weather. Sitting in the middle of the dry season, August benefits from hot days, very few showers and less intense UV levels. The warm sea temperatures complement the hot-but-not-humid weather for a perfect South Pacific experience. Although seen as “Niue’s most popular month,” the crowds are still extremely moderate since only the savviest of travellers (yes, that’s you!) are aware Niue even exists! As far as busy seasons go, Niue is where it’s at!
In this guide to Niue weather in August, we will cover everything you need to know, from temperatures to rainfall. But before that, be sure to bookmark Niue Weather by Month: What is the Weather Like in Niue? and The Best Time to Visit Niue for more climate advice.
5 Tips for Travelling Niue in August
- Despite the UV index being lower in August than during other times of the year, sunscreen is still a must whenever you’re outdoors
- Don’t plan your trip at the last minute! August is the height of the tourist season in Niue, so we recommend booking your trip about six weeks (or more) in advance
- Be prepared for a few short showers here and there. Yes, the weather is on its best behaviour in August, but it is still a tropical island after all
- Check with the local information centre if a village show day celebration is happening during your stay where you’ll get an amazing insight into the Niuean culture
- Although the temperatures do not drop too much at night, it still feels much cooler in the evening than in the day. For this reason, consider packing a light jacket so you fully enjoy your evening cocktails by the pool.
Typical Temperatures in August
The August temperatures in Niue are extremely similar to the ones you can experience in July. Both months are the heart of the dry season and offer hot but not-too-humid days with slightly cooler nights. As such, the sea temperatures are also very pleasant offering a wealth of options for travellers both on land and in the water. In August, the average temperatures are around 25°C / 77°F and the night temperatures are averaging 20°C / 68°F.
Temperatures in Alofi
- Average maximum temperature: 25°C / 77°F
- Average minimum temperature: 20°C / 68°F
Sea Temperature in August
The average sea temperature is 25°C / 77°F. That’s the same as the average land temperature in Niue in August. Snorkelers will have an absolute blast in the water and scuba divers will be torn between what they enjoyed most, the dive or the boat trip!
Hours of Sun in August
August is one of the best months for your skin in Niue. It benefits from plenty of daylight during the day with an average of 11 hours of daylight. But that’s not all, Niue also benefits from the lowest amount of bright sunshine with a low average of 3 hours per day. This means that although it will still be hot and tropical, it won’t feel scorching hot. The youngest travellers will be able to cope much easier with the heat and fully enjoy their trip. However, this does not mean that you can forget about your sunscreen – it is still a must!
UV Levels During August
After a couple of months of lower UV levels, the UV index is on the rise again in August with an average of 9. Although quite far off from the extreme levels experienced in the wet season, travellers are still advised to take precaution when it comes to the sun. Sunhats and regular application of sunscreen are highly advised.
If you are travelling with kids, keep in mind that their skins are different and kid-friendly sunscreen is in order. Check out our list of Best Sunscreens for Kids in Niue. For everybody else, we’ve got a list of the best reef safe sunscreen for Niue so the coral of the atoll stays as pristine as it is for generations to come.
Sunrise and Sunset During August
The average amount of daylight in August in Niue is 11 hours.
- Sunrise: 6.50am at the beginning of January and 6.30am at the end of August
- Sunset: 6.05pm at the beginning of January and 6.10pm at the end of August
Rainfall in August
August takes the crown when it comes to rainy days in Niue. Although it receives more rain than June and July, it receives it within an average of only three days of the month! In short, only one day out of ten in August will experience rain. So let’s talk worst-case scenario, if every rain days falls within your August visit to Niue, you will still have more than half the week to enjoy amazing weather. I don’t know about you, but we like those odds. But enough about the rain, let us tell you how little it rains in Niue in August…
The average rainfall in Niue in August is 124mm / 4.9” spread over an average of 3 days.
Rainfall in Alofi
- Average rainfall in August: 100mm / 3.9″
- Average rain days: 3
Tropical Storms in August
The tropical storm and cyclone season in Niue fall within the wet season which runs from November to April. Therefore, August is one of the safest months to travel to Niue as far as cyclones go.
If the local authorities happen to issue a warning, rely on your accommodation or tour staff to take you to an established safe zone and issue further instructions. Niueans are very well trained for these kinds of weather events.
For more on cyclone safety, head to the How to Prepare for a Cyclone in Niue.
Best Places and Things to Do in August
You can get just about anywhere around Niue in August and have an amazing time. The island presents itself at its best during this month in the dry season. For this reason, August is one of the most popular months to travel to Niue. Although Niue is not really crowded even in the height of the tourist season, travellers that want to get this “alone in the world” feeling may want to wake up a bit earlier, enjoy the cooler hours and beat the groups at the most popular spots.
Swimming with Whales – Arguably the best month to swim with whales in Niue is August. We are entering the height of the whale season with many whales using the raised coral atoll as a warm spot to take care of their calves. Swimming with these gentle giants is a unique and humbling experience, to say the least. Check out our guide to swimming with whales in Niue for more details.
Walks – With perfect weather on the horizon, there are tens of short walks around the island that will lead you to hidden gems. One of the best ways to go from one short walk to another is to hire a car for the day and select a few spots to visit. Try the Matapa Chasm walk or one of the many reef walks on the islands. We’ve got a whole section of our guide dedicated to walks and tracks around Niue, with plenty for you to choose from.
Golf – Did you know that Niue had its own 9-hole golf course? Well, now you do! If you want to tee off a round of golf while meeting the locals, head there on Saturday afternoon when the weekly tournament takes place. Everybody is welcome. For the kiddies and the adults that don’t take themselves too seriously, Niue also has its own mini-golf as well! Find out more in The Complete Guide to Golf in Niue.
August Packing List for Niue
The list below covers the essentials that you would hate to forget for your trip to Niue in August. If you are looking for a full packing list for Niue, we’ve got a complete Niue packing list ready for you as well.
- Sunscreen (high-factor protection)
- Insect repellent
- Rain jacket (just in case)
- Light clothing layer, cotton or linen preferably so it is super light!
- Light long-sleeved top (for both sun protection and for those cooler evening cocktail dates)
- Light pants/trousers
- Sunhat/sunglasses/swimwear (and whatever else you need in your “summer holiday kit”)
- Sarong or other light clothing to wear over your swimwear when passing through villages.