This island republic lies next to the equator in the southwest Pacific. Geographically one of the Gilbert Islands, it has an area of just 21 sq km/8 sq mi.
Very similar conditions prevail throughout the year in this typical tropical oceanic climate, with high temperatures and humidity. There is abundant rainfall with occasional droughts. Being near the equator, Nauru has rainfall that is more evenly spread throughout the year than in neighbouring countries to the north and south, and the country never experiences tropical cyclones.
The island has moderately large amounts of sunshine, averaging between six and eight hours a day in spite of a large number of days on which some rain falls. Much of the rainfall is in the form of short, heavy showers.
The table for Yaren, the capital of Nauru, shows weather typical of the island.
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