Sara and John say...
Madagascar’s climate, and that of its surrounding islands, such as Mayotte and Comoros, has similarities with other southern African countries; but because these wildlife island paradises sits in the Indian Ocean, they have quirks all of their own!
The rainy season is from November to March, when the air is humid and steamy. Exposed to the ocean trade winds, eastern coastal areas and the mountains inland are wettest, but the arid southwest sees much less rain, even during these wetter months.
Despite the cloud and rain, daytime temperatures regularly sit in the 30s Celsius, and even the low 40s in the drier southwest.
Through April and May the downpours dwindle, and the islands enjoy the driest weather from June to October. Although showers continue, the air is less humid - so although the abundant sunshine still lifts temperatures into the high 20s Celsius, the weather feels more comfortable, especially at night, when temperatures dip down into the teens.
The dry season slowly gives way to higher humidity and rainfall later in the year, when thundery downpours start to arrive .
A word about tropical cyclones. They are infrequent but can blow in from the Indian Ocean during the wetter periods of the year, especially from December to April.