What is the Weather Like in Niue in July?
July and August are the two months in the heart of the dry season in Niue. This means that you can expect low precipitation and “cooler” temperatures (note the quotation marks) but this comes at the cost of slightly shorter days. To be quite fair, losing about one hour of daylight is no big deal. In fact, in this kind of tropical climate, it can sometimes feel like a godsend! July also benefits from relatively low UV levels making it a better experience for kids and pale-skin travellers alike! In short, the Niuean “winter” is no winter at all and will only require you to add an extra layer to your tropical attire and laugh to yourself that you wish you had this kind of winter back home… Let’s go over the temperature, precipitation, UV index and more from the Niue weather in July.
Before we dive into this weather guide to Niue in July, 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 July
- Book ahead! July is the busiest season in Niue (not that the country ever gets crowded) but you should plan ahead to make sure you get your dream accommodation and activities in the bag
- Don’t be fooled by the statements about a “cooler climate”; you will still need to apply sunscreen regularly
- Niue is still a South Pacific island so rain can happen any time. Enjoy the warm shower or pack a light rain jacket or travel umbrella
- Village Show Days are a big thing in Niue where each village spends one day celebrating its culture. July falls right in the middle of the show-day season, so be sure to check out one of those festivals!
- Whatever the season, look out for rough sea warnings issued by the Niue Met Service and National Disaster Management Office via radio or their Facebook Pages; these are usually days to avoid swimming.
Typical Temperatures in July
Not too hot and not too humid, July is pretty much a perfect time to visit Niue. Although not cool per se, the weather becomes extremely bearable or at least just hot enough to justify a cooling cocktail or two. In short, July is often claimed as the most comfortable month to travel to Niue. During the day, the average temperatures should be around 25°C / 77°F and the nightly average temperatures should be around 20°C / 68°F.
Temperatures in Alofi
- Average maximum temperature: 25°C / 77°F
- Average temperature: 23°C / 73°F
- Average minimum temperature: 20°C / 68°F
Sea Temperature in July
Just as July offers the perfect weather on land, it also provides in the water with an average water temperature of 25°C / 77°F. Believe it or not, this perfect sea temperature will last for the whole dry season to only increase during the wet season. Does it get any better?
Hours of Sun in July
With July being “winter” in Niue, you are right to expect shorter days than during the “summer” season. However, since Niue is a tropical country, in most cases the evening comes right on time to cool you down after a hot day exploring this paradise island. Don’t panic, you will still have plenty of daylight to pack as much or as little as you want into your day and still have some spare time to unwind. July in Niue brings about 11 hours of daylight each day with 5 hours of bright sunshine. Ah… Winter in the tropics.
UV Levels During July
July gets a silver medal when it comes to the UV index in Niue. It has the second-lowest average with a UV index of 7. It is still a pretty high score so you will still need to lather sunscreen regularly to make sure you avoid burning. At this level, experts still recommend using SPF 30+ protection.
Because Niue harbours some of the most amazing underwater worlds, we’ve created this list of the 10 Best Reef Safe Sunscreens for Niue so you can protect your skin and the fragile Niuean seas. For the families, we’ve also prepared a list of the 5 Best Sunscreen for Kids in Niue.
Sunrise and Sunset During July
An average day in July in Niue experiences 11 hours of daylight.
- Sunrise: 6:55 am at the beginning of July and 6:50 am at the end of July
- Sunset: 5:55 pm at the beginning of July and 6:05 pm at the end of July.
Rainfall in July
July gets a gold medal when it comes to rain! That is right, it is the month with the lowest amount of precipitation in Niue. You can expect a few rare short showers, which tend to clear up quickly. In fact, on some occasions, you will find that by the time you take your rain jacket out of your bag, the rain has stopped… This is because Niue is so flat (its highest point is only 69 m / 226 ft) that the weather tends to pass right over it.
The average rainfall in Niue in July is 87 mm / 3.4 in spread over an average of 5 days. It means that out of the whole month of July, only 5 days may experience some showers.
Rainfall in Alofi
- Average rainfall in July: 87 mm / 3.4 in
- Average rain days: 5.
Tropical Storms in July
The South Pacific cyclone season starts in November and ends in April. As such, July is one of the best months to avoid tropical cyclones in Niue with a very low risk of tropical storms developing.
The Best Places to Visit in July
There’s no place that won’t blow your mind in Niue in July. Selecting where to spend your days will come down to preference and maybe a bit of crowd management; not that we ever experienced any crowds in Niue. Best of all, the whale swimming season kicks in in July. This leaves you with more things to do than you have time for!
The Best Things to Do in July
Swimming with Whales – The feeling of peacefully swimming with some of the planet’s largest mammals is hard to describe but we give it a good go in our article about whale swimming in Niue. Simply put, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will humble and amaze you all at the same time!
Experience a Village Show Day – There are 14 villages spread around Niue’s coastline. Each of them gets to showcase its colourful culture during its own show day. July falls right in the middle of the show day season so, with a bit of luck, you will be able to see one for yourself.
Road Trip – Niue is pretty small. When was the last time you drove across an entire country in less than 30 minutes? Getting behind the wheel of a rental car or on the peddles of an electric bike is a great way to make the most of your time on the island. There are plenty of coves, caves and reefs to check out. We recommend planning your trip alongside the tide’s time.
If that’s enough, take a look at the 101 Things to Do in Niue: The Ultimate List.
July Packing List for Niue
We have a full packing list for Niue ready for you, so you don’t forget anything. In the meantime, here are a few essentials that you would hate to forget for your trip to Niue in July:
- Light clothing layer (linen, bamboo or merino preferably so it is super light – we like the sustainable bamboo clothing of Moso Morrow)
- Light long-sleeved tops (to cover from the sun and take the edge off those slightly cooler nights)
- Light pants/trousers (to cover the knees when appropriate – at church services or to protect from mosquitoes on plantation/forest tours, for example)
- Rash vest (we like the UV-protecting Sharkskin rashies)
- Closed walking shoes
- Reef shoes
- Sarong (paleu – to wear over your swimwear when passing through villages – see What are the Local Customs in Niue? for more information)
- Insect repellent
- High-factor sunscreen (that’s reef-safe and water-resistant).
More About the Weather in Niue in July
That’s it for our complete guide to the weather and climate in Niue in July. Check out the following articles for more weather advice:
- Niue Weather, Seasons & Climate + Niue Weather by Month
- The Best Time to Visit Niue: A Month-by-Month Guide
- Niue Weather in May
- Niue Weather in June
- Niue Weather in August
Finally, enjoy a comprehensive guide to planning a trip to Niue in The Best Niue Travel Guide: Plan a Trip to Niue the EASY Way.