The natural erosion of Rodrigues and the massive destruction of the indigeneous flora by men has influenced greatly the climate of the island. However the island has a very good climate all year round. There are two main seasons
Summer from November to February: 29 deg C - 33 deg C (84.2 deg F - 91.4 deg F)
Winter from March to October : 14 deg C - 18 deg C (57.2 deg F - 64.4 deg F)
The annual rainfall is 1,228 mm. Although in general 70% of this rainfall is recorded between December and May however it is during February and March that the highest rainfall is recorded with a monthly mean of 160 mm to 170 mm.
Drought and Cyclones are permanently a threat to the Rodriguan population. Drought usually occurs during September to November and Cyclonic periods is between November to April. Although Cyclones at times bring a lot of rainfall to Rodrigues which is very useful for the crops, they carry along very strong winds and despair to the island too as Rodrigues is very often visited than any other islands of the Indian Ocean.
Until 1975 the highest wind speed recorded in the Indian Ocean was measured on Rodrigues Island during the visit of Cyclone Monique in March 1968 where gusts of the order of 276 Km/hr were measured at the Meteorological Station Point Canon.