Le Port, Réunion

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Le Port (French pronunciation: ​[lə pɔʁ]) is a commune in the French overseas department of Réunion. It is located at the extreme northwest corner of the island of Réunion. It has a population of 34,218 (2017). It is the main harbor city of the island.


Le Port features a hot semi-arid climate (Köppen BSh). Due to located leeward side of the island, Le Port does not receive as much precipitation as Saint-Denis and the eastern part of the island. There is a wetter season from December to April and a drier season for the rest of the year. The warmest month is February, with a mean of 28.2 °C (82.8 °F) and an average high of 31.6 °C (88.9 °F). February is also the wettest month, receiving 147.9 millimetres (5.82 in) of rain on average. The coolest months are July and August, which have a mean of 22.7 °C (72.9 °F). July is also the driest month, receiving only 7.2 millimetres (0.28 in) of rainfall on average. On 6 March 2004, Le Port recorded a temperature of 36.9 °C (98.4 °F), which is the highest temperature to have ever been recorded in Réunion. Le Port receives 2670.6 hours of sunshine annually, which is evenly distributed throughout the year. February is the least sunny and July is sunniest, although all months receive between 205 and 232 hours of sunshine on average.


International relations

Le Port is twinned with: Durban, South Africa Toamasina, Madagascar Port Louis, Mauritius Quelimane, Mozambique

Politics and media

This is the town where the Communist Party of Réunion usually gets most of their votes. Also, the newspaper of the party, Temoignages, has headquarters in Le Port.
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