Weather in February
continues the trend of comparatively mild temperatures in the French Southern and Antarctic Lands
, remaining within the southern hemisphere's summer period. Average temperatures in February closely resemble those in January
, hovering around 10°C. However, towards the end of the month, a slight decrease in temperature begins to signal the approaching autumn season.
In the Kerguelen Islands, one of the territory's most notable areas, February continues to offer temperate weather conditions, consistent with the overall climate trend of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands. The average temperature stays close to 10°C, with slight variations depending on specific locations within the islands.
The pattern of precipitation in February remains similar to January. Rainfall is relatively frequent but generally light and brief. Still, the weather can be unpredictable, changing from clear, sunny skies to fog or rain rapidly due to the region's maritime influence. Snow is less common in February but can occasionally occur in colder snaps.
As February transitions into March
, there is a gradual decrease in average temperature and daylight hours. The climate shifts from the summer's milder conditions towards the cooler and more variable conditions of autumn. Thus, while February maintains the favourable exploration conditions seen in January, it also signifies the upcoming change towards less hospitable weather. Comparatively, February is often slightly cooler than January, although the difference is typically minimal and may not be immediately noticeable. The most significant changes will begin to appear as February gives way to March, marking the start of the autumn season in the French Southern and Antarctic Lands.
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The only month without snowfall is February. In Port-aux-Français, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, the average seawater temperature in February is 5°C.