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MADAGASCAR'S CLIMATE for Kids


A stream in the rainforest of Madagascar.
Because of its geography, Madagascar's climate is highly variable. Generally, Madagascar has two seasons: a hot, rainy season from November to April and a cooler, dry season from May to October.

The east coast is the wettest part of the country and thus home to the island's rainforests. This area is also hit periodically by devastating tropical storms and cyclones.

The central highlands are considerably cooler and drier, and are the location of much of Madagascar's agriculture, especially rice.

The west coast is home to dry deciduous forests. Deciduous trees lose all their leaves during the 6- to 8-month dry season.

When rains return, these forests erupt in a sea of bright green leaves. The southwest of Madagascar has the island's driest climate. Parts of this area can be considered desert because so little rain falls.



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