Coming out of the
windy season, and still somewhat windy on the north coast. The sea is
just navigable; usually no rain and the temperature still quite warm.
now on shore, (usually just a breeze) from the North East, usually
bringing some rains to the island, but maybe only a few days of
intermittent heavy and scattered showers. But usually most parts of the
island get the effects of this rain. Last year (2005) there was no rain
in October. And the temperature is cooling down, but still warm.
November to February:
These are the pleasant months.
There can still be rain in November, even into December, but usually
only scattered, and not general rains. The sea begins to calm down, and
travel in small boats is possible. The best month to travel to the
islands is February or better still March/ April. This year we didn’t
really have rains until three solid days in early January. On the
Haggier Mountains, everything is green so there has been a good rain up
there, and also behind the mountains. However, on the top of the
mountains, especially at Scant at this time, the temperature can be very
cold with frosty mornings! At other times the mountains are swept by
wind gusts all day, which drive clouds across the top at break neck
speed, and lift your tent off the ground!!
Warming up, and
at mid March the midday temperature can be 30 degrees centigrade, with
developing humidity. April and May are quite hot, up to 38 degrees near
the coasts, and still the weather is coming gently from the north east.
But it is quite a lot cooler on the top of the mountain range, and at
Scant you would still need a covering at night to keep warm, but
probably not a sleeping bag. These are the best months to visit the
island. Sometimes there are more rains in April (a couple of days?) or
even in May.
These are the
very windy months on the north coast especially. The south coast is calm
at the same time. The winds blow in Hadibo day and night for three
months at about 80 kph, only slacking off most days for an hour or two
in the afternoon to perhaps 60kph. Gusts have been recorded at the port
area, Howlaf, at 180kph. These winds are the base of the big
inter-continental winds that blow at this time of the year from the high
pressure over Africa to the low pressure over the Himalayas, bringing
the monsoon to the Indian sub-continent. The tops of the mountains catch
these winds and pull them down over the north coast of Socotra. Schools
close, and fishing stops, except for a couple of places such as
Deleisha, but all round the island fishing is limited by the strong
ocean currents at this time of the year. At this time the temperature
drops by about 5 degrees centigrade, but it is not really a time for
normal tourism except for surfing boards and the weather still
calmer in the middle of the island and the south so, it is possible to
make tours on the other side of the island the southern west side).
There are no rains accompanying these winds. The Boeing aircraft land
and take off safely throughout this period, because the airstrip is
straight up and down the wind direction, and planes land and take off
straight into the wind.