Sao Tome & Principe
About Sao Tome and Principe
Sara and John say...
Straddling the equator, it’s unsurprising that the climate of the island nation of Sao Tome and Principe is one characterised by heat and humidity.
The lush vegetation is a clue to how wet it can be, and it’s an understatement to say that there’s plenty of rain through the year! But there are subtle variations in weather as the overhead sun passes north and south across the country through the year. It's also drier to the northeast of the islands and wetter to the southwest.
Its driest period is from June to August, although ironically this is often the cloudiest time. For the rest of the year, downpours are common on most days, but with a better chance of seeing some sunnier breaks.
Temperatures are fairly consistently close to 30 Celsius by day, and nights are warm and steamy.
There is some cooling respite at the coast, where there is a breeze off the sea.
Lightweight clothing with protection from rain and sun are a ‘must’ for visiting these lush islands.