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Coron Island, Philippines. Author Edyta Denst. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike
Coron Island, Philippines. Author Edyta Denst

Philippines climate: when to go to the Philippines

The Philippines islands have a hot and humid tropical climate, tempered by the breath of constant sea breezes. As in much of South-East Asia are a regular monsoon season, the summer monsoon from the south-west and the winter monsoon from the north-east. The south-west monsoon makes very abundant precipitation particularly on the southern slopes of hills, while the north-east monsoon increases rainfall over the north and east. As in all areas near the equator, are also not negligible zenithal rain, that is the increase of rainfall that exists in the periods immediately following the steps of the sun at zenith, that happen in April-May and October-November.

In the archipelago there are three distinct seasons: the rainy season that runs from mid May to November, and two dry seasons, the cool and dry season which runs from December to February and the hot season running from March to May. The rains occur when the south-west monsoon blows (from mid May to November), while the north-east monsoon (December to May) is generally dry.

The western areas of the country, those who overlook the South China Sea, have dry and wet seasons marked clearly with one another, continuing toward east the dry season decreases in time to disappear, the rains are more intense along the east coast of the islands, overlooking the Pacific. In the southern islands from Cebu to Mindanao there is no well defined dry season, but the weather is humid and hot throughout the year, the least rainy months are from February to April. The average annual rainfall in the Philippines varies between 950 mm and 4,000 mm.

Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines. Author P 199. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines. Author P 199

Tropical storms hit the Philippines between June and December, the worst affected areas are the northern and eastern areas of the island of Luzon, the island of Bicol and Eastern Visayas (Samar, Leyte).

The temperature of the islands remain constant throughout the year, January is the coldest month of the year with an average temperature of 25°C, while in April and May are the warmest with average temperatures of 28°C.

The sea water temperature varies between 27°C and 31°C.

WHEN TO GO TO THE PHILIPPINES

The best time for a trip to the Philippines are the months between December and May.

PHILIPPINES CLIMATIC TABLES

Manila

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rain (mm)

19

8

11

21

165

265

419

486

330

270

129

75

Min Temp (°C)

23

24

25

26

26

26

26

25

25

25

25

24

Max Temp (°C)

29

30

32

33

33

32

31

30

31

31

30

29

Siargao

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Sea water temperatures (°C)

28

27

28

29

29

30

29

29

29

29

29

28

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