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Marshall Islands Weather, climate and geography

Weather and climate

Best time to visit

Tropical, with cooling sea breezes and frequent rain. Trade winds blow steadily from the northeast from December through to March. Wettest months are usually October to November. The average temperature is 27°C (80°F).

Required clothing

Lightweight cottons and linens with rainwear.

Geography

The Marshall Islands consist of two almost parallel chains of atolls and islands, which lie west of the International Date Line. Majuro Atoll is 2,285km (1,428 miles) west of Honolulu, 1,624km (1,015 miles) east of Guam and 2,624km (1,641 miles) southeast of Tokyo. The eastern Ratak (Sunrise) Chain consists of 15 atolls and islands, and the western Ralik (Sunset) Chain consists of 16 atolls and islands. Together these two chains comprise 1,152 islands and islets dispersed over more than 1,900,000 sq km (500,000 sq miles) of the central Pacific.

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