Generally the climate of Madagascar is subtropical, with a hot
and rainy season between November and April, and a cooler dry
season from May to October. However there is a big variation in
climate depending on altitude and geographical position. The west
coast is drier than the east coast and the central highlands, while
the far south and south west is a semi-desert region that
experiences very little rainfall. The east coast receives the most
rain and is hot and humid during the wet season, and also prone to
cyclones between February and March. Temperatures are much cooler
in the highlands. Antananarivo has a pleasant, temperate climate.
Along the coast temperatures range from 81°F to 90°F (27°C to 32°C)
in the wet season and 64°F to 72°F (18°C to 22°C) in the dry
season. May to October is the most pleasant time to travel to
Madagascar, with cooler temperatures and little rain.