What is the Weather Like in Niue in November?
November marks the beginning of summer in Niue and, with that, the end of the dry season. Yes, summer in Niue means the start of the wet season. But even the words “wet season” can be misleading as Niue experiences longer and hotter days in November than in previous months. As per the showers, thanks to the incredibly flat landscape of the country, they pass as fast as they come. After all, in Niue, only an average of 6 days experience rain in the month of November. Not so “wet”, after all!
In this guide to the Niue weather in November, you will find information about temperatures, rainfall, UV levels and much more to plan the perfect trip to Niue.
Before we dive into this guide to the Niue weather in November, 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 November
- When the wet season kicks in in the South Pacific, mosquito activity increases. Although very manageable, we suggest checking out our articles on 10 Ways to Avoid Mosquito Bites in Niue
- With longer days, a higher amount of sun hours, and very high UV levels, applying sunscreen regularly is a must!
- November is considered the low season in Niue so hunt for bargains! Expect flight and accommodation prices to start getting discounted
- Along with discounts comes more flexibility when it comes to booking. You won’t need to plan your trip months ahead, as we recommend booking your trip around one week (or more) in advance
- As the days are getting hotter, so are the nights. Luckily, most accommodations are equipped with air-conditioning or ceiling fans to keep you cool when sleeping.
Typical Temperatures in November
In November in Niue, you will experience pretty much the same temperature as the previous month on land. However, the sea temperature will be on the rise. With high temperature and humidity on the up, you will find the warm waters surrounding the tiny island nation to be incredibly welcoming. The temperatures in Niue in November will be 27°C / 81°F on average during the day and will go down to an average of 22°C / 72°F at night.
Temperatures in Alofi
- Average maximum temperature: 27°C / 81°F
- Average minimum temperature: 22°C / 72°F
Sea Temperature in November
With an average sea temperature in November of 26°C / 79°F, the wet season brings an unparalleled swimming experience. The wet season in Niue is renowned to offer the warmest waters of the year, although, the highest temperatures can be found between January and April. Nevertheless, the temperatures of 26°C / 79°F in November is still damn fine if you ask us!
Hours of Sun in November
In November, your average day will last for an astounding 13 hours giving plenty of time to do some serious exploring (or some serious relaxing). The sun will rise early, giving you the best paradise experience with cool yet sunny mornings. Around midday, the sun will start really kicking in delivering an average of 6 hours of bright sunshine. Sunhat, sunscreen and anti-UV clothing are recommended.
UV Levels During November
With the wet season comes the highest UV level the country experiences. The average UV index in November is 12. This level is classified as extreme and should be taken seriously. Although you are probably heading to the islands to get some sun, do it responsibly by applying factor 30+ sunscreen every two-to-three hours, wearing sunglasses and sunhat all day long and keeping a close eye on children’s skins if you are on a family holiday.
We’ve put together a few articles to help you deal with the Niuean sun better: a reef-safe sunscreen list, that will keep your skin and the stunning underwater world safe, and a list of the best sunscreen for kids.
Sunrise and Sunset During November
The average amount of daylight in November in Niue is 13 hours.
- Sunrise: 5.40am at the beginning of January and 5.35am at the end of November
- Sunset: 6.30pm at the beginning of January and 6.45pm at the end of November
Rainfall in November
November in Niue brings a bit more rain than in the previous month. But, being only the beginning of the wet season, it benefits from much more clement weather. Indeed, it only receives about half of the precipitation that the height of the wet season brings. With longer days and hotter weather, the short bursts of rain are unlikely to affect your trip too much. In fact, they may even be a welcome cool down.
In November in Niue, the average rainfall is 156mm / 6.1” spread over 6 days. It means that during an average November month, only 6 days see some kind of precipitation.
Rainfall in Alofi
- Average rainfall in November: 140mm / 5.5″
- Average rain days: 6
Tropical Storms in November
Running from November to April, the cyclone season will be starting in Niue. However, before cancelling your trip, keep in mind that there were no major cyclones in Niue in recent years. The island is only prone to tropical storms and cyclones when specific conditions are met, and when the temperatures exceed 27°C / 80°F. Luckily, the island nation is well prepared for this kind of natural event, which was shown during cyclone Heta in 2004 where casualties were extremely low.
If any warning is issued during your stay, your accommodation or tour staff will escort you to safe zones in higher ground and issue further instructions. Plus, check out How to Prepare for a Cyclone in Niue to get yourself prepared.
Best Things to Do in November
Making the most of November involves being flexible. It may rain for half an hour here and there, it may be hot, the sun may be scorching, or you may have an idyllic day ahead of you. The tropics have this way of keeping you on your toes. However, this unpredictability brings a major silver lining: water temperature! The warm waters are bliss and are pretty much what Niue offers best, so hop on a boat or find yourself an isolated rock pool and enjoy your paradise escape.
Snorkelling and Scuba Diving – Niueans live from and on the water, so it comes as no surprise that one of the best things to do in Niue is to explore its unique underwater world. You will be amazed by how lively and colourful it is down there! And since the water is so warm, why not get even deeper with a scuba diving tour? You can find stunning diving spots for beginners and professional divers alike all around the raised coral atoll.
Fishing Trip – Looking for a good feed? Chat with one of the fishing charter owners about getting on the water to catch dinner. They will be happy to oblige. From big game to your classic South Pacific catches, your skills will be tested and you are sure to learn a trick or two from the boat crew that will probably be fishing alongside you.
Museums – If you are around Alofi when the rain strikes, run for cover in the local art gallery or the national museum. You’ll be able to kill the half an hour needed for the rain to pass in the Taoga Niue Museum, which is the national museum of the island featuring WWI relics and superbly weaved items. Alternatively, the Tahiono Art Gallery showcases contemporary art and jewellery from local artists.
November Packing List for Niue
Forget nothing! Start with this essential list of things to pack for Niue in November and then move on to our full Niue packing list for everything that you should pack for your trip to be a breeze.
- Sunscreen (high-factor protection)
- Insect repellent
- Rain jacket (just in case)
- Light clothing layer (for sun and mosquito protection)
- Light long-sleeved top (for both sun protection and for those cooler evening)
- 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.