Are the Hawaiian Islands tropical or sub-tropical?

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Australia is, apart from Antarctica, the driest continent the earth. The Thinning of the ozone layer across the continent requires conscientious sun protection measures. The Seasons are accurate opposite to the northern hemisphere, but only as pronounced in the south as in Central Europe.

The Inner of the state of Australia has pronounced a dry climate. 80 percent of the continent's main land mass is climatically arid or semi-arid, with a maximum of 250 mm of precipitation per year. In central Australia it can be im Summer is extremely hot In the southern winter (July / August), on the other hand, temperatures drop to just above freezing point at night. The inland is sparsely populated due to the extreme conditions, only the hot city of Alice Springs with summer temperatures of well over 40 degrees Celsius is located here as a larger settlement.

The north Australia has, due to its proximity to the equator, a typical tropical climate. In the summer rainy season between November and April there is heavy rain and, due to the warmed water, hurricanes. The temperature fluctuations in the course of the year are small, as are between day and night. The temperatures are usually around 30 degrees during the day and not below 20 degrees at night. The "winter" from May to October is the dry season of northern Australia.

South Australia lies in a moderate, subtropical colored climatic zone. The temperatures over the course of the year are similar to those in the Mediterranean - shifted by six months, of course. They are often over 30 degrees during the day in summer. The winters are mild and rainy. Due to the cool ocean currents, the water temperatures almost never rise above 20 degrees Celsius.

The East coast Australia is rainy. Southeast trade winds rain on the coastal mountains all year round, with peaks in the summer half-year. They also cause quite a high level of humidity. The temperature fluctuations between day and night are small, the water temperatures higher than in the south. Only on the western slopes of the mountains it can get frosty and snow fall in winter, so that even winter sports are possible here.
Every few years the weather on the east coast goes crazy when the air mass exchange between the cold Eastern Pacific and the warm Indian Ocean is abnormally low or particularly high. Then bring the weather phenomena El Niño Periods of drought or La Niña Heavy rain.

The climate of the island to the southeast of the Australian land mass Tasmania is oceanicwhich means relatively mild winters. Since Tasmania is one of the few land areas located at the 40th parallel south, it is located in the area of ​​the "Roaring Forties" called west wind drift. The westerly winds, which last hit land mass in Patagonia, reach Tasmania unchecked. Because of that it rains and storms frequently on the island. The weather is extremely changeable all year round and can change radically several times in one day.
Precipitation decreases from the west, where annual precipitation can reach peaks of over 3,000 mm, to the east, where in some cases only approx. 500 mm annual precipitation is recorded. The summers are cool, temperatures rarely exceed 20 degrees. In the highlands of Tasmania, snow can fall all year round.


New Zealand

New Zealand at the most south-westerly point of the Polynesian Triangle in the South Pacific has predominantly one mild, temperate climate. The average temperatures are around 10 degrees Celsius in winter and 20 degrees Celsius in summer. In the subtropical northern part of the North Island, the averages are about five degrees higher.
A exception Only they know about the mild maritime climate Mountain ranges in the east of the North and South Island. Here it can get really hot in summer with temperatures above 30 degrees, in winter, however, snow falls.
New Zealand is also under the influence of the strong winds of the Roaring Forties. When these hit the mountains in the west of the South Island, they bring up to 7,000 mm of precipitation annually. On the east side of the mountain ranges, the probability of precipitation decreases continuously.

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The Samoa archipelago is much further north and therefore closer to the equator than New Zealand. Correspondingly knows that tropical-oceanic climate Samoas no summer and winter, but year-round constant temperatures between approx. 30 degrees during the day and around 20 degrees at night.
The southeast trade wind brings a lot of rain, especially in the south (up to 3000 mm per year), of which more than two thirds fall in the rainy season from November to April. Then it can get muggy, but the trade winds usually provide refreshment. Hurricanes are not common, but neither are they excluded.

The islands French Polynesia such as Tahiti are of one of the most pleasant varieties tropical climates spoiled. Here you can find average temperatures of 27 degrees or 26 degrees in the water all year round, almost 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and refreshing southeast trade winds.
Only in the rainy season from November to March can it get a little more uncomfortable. Here, too, you are not completely immune to hurricanes, which however rarely occur.


The archipelago Hawaii at the northern tip of the Polynesian Triangle lies in the outer tropicsso that it rarely gets too hot here and never gets cold except at high altitudes. The water temperature is 22 degrees Celsius all year round.
In the months of November to April it is a little cooler than in the rest of the year, stronger winds bring more precipitation and higher surf. Day temperatures over 20 degrees are always reached.
Northeast trade winds in particular bring rain to Hawaii. Areas facing the wind are therefore much more humid than those facing away from the wind. The north of the island of Kauai is actually one of the wettest places in the world.
The popular vacation paradises of Hawaii are therefore mainly located in the southeastern regions of the islands. Here it rains only very sporadically in summer, a little more in winter.
Hawaii is on the Pacific storm track. Hurricanes can occur between June and November - not very often, but quite severe. Some coasts of Hawaii are also occasionally threatened by tsunamis.

Easter island

The one politically belonging to Chile Easter island in the Southeast Pacific has a pleasant all year round subtropical climate with lowest night temperatures around 15 and day high temperatures between 20 and 27 degrees Celsius. Within the very little marked seasons, only the months of April and May differ with significantly more rainfall than in the rest of the year. Refreshing winds are the order of the day, but Easter Island is favored outside the tropical cyclone zone.

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