Climate of the Philippines
The Philippines has a tropical and a maritime climate that is signified by high temperatures, high humidity and intense rainfall. The minimum annual temperature in most parts of the country is 26.6 degrees with the coldest month being January at 25.5 degrees. The warmest month in the Philippines is May at 28.3 degrees.
Since the Philippines is surrounded by water bodies, the humidity levels are very high ranging between 71% and 85%. The combination of the high temperature and the high humidity level makes the temperature levels to rise especially between March and May.
When it comes to rainfall in the Philippines, the distribution will depend on the direction of the moisture-containing winds and your location as well. The average annual rainfall in the Philippines is between 965mm and 4,064mm. There are places such as Baguio City where the amount of rainfall is very high and others like Cotabato where the average rainfall each year is 978mm.
The Philippines has 2 main seasons; the rainy season that occurs between June and November and the dry season that is between December and May. There is also a hot and dry season that is between March and May. Depending on your preference, you can choose the best time to visit the country.
The Philippines also has a typhoon season where tropical cyclones winds build up. In their first phase, the cyclones move from the south to the western part of the country. Majority of the cyclones will move towards the north, then more in the north-eastern direction. You should make inquiries regarding the cyclones before planning your visit to the Philippines. The safest places where the Cyclones are least expected in Mindanao and in Southern Palawan.
If you plan to visit the Philippines as a tourist, you can choose a time between December and May when the dry season sets in. this way, you’ll be able to enjoy countless outdoor activities without the fear of rainfall. Even at this, however, you should not be surprised if rains appear out of nowhere and ruin a well-planned outing.
The Philippines weather is not the same all over and your experience will depend on your destination. During the very wet months, there are places where the weather is dry and you can choose them as your destination. You can make inquiries from local tour companies in the Philippines to know the best places to visit at any time.
There is never a bad time to visit the Philippines as long as you make proper arrangements. Even when the weather is quite wet, you can plan for home-cooked dinners during those times, and then go out when the weather is favorable.