Jakarta Weather Guide

Jakarta’s middle name is ‘humidity’ - when you step off the plane you will feel the heavy air hit your lungs, with humidity levels reaching as high as 80 percent. There’s no polite way of saying it - expect to sweat and come armed with heavy-duty antiperspirant and light, cotton clothing for maximum comfort. Situated right by the equator, Indonesia has a fairly constant climate year round – defined as a tropical monsoon climate with 2 seasons: the wet and dry seasons. The best time to visit is in the dry season.

Season and Clothing

Wet Season: November to June

The wet season in Jakarta covers the majority of the year, running from November through to June. Located in the western part of Java, Jakarta’s wet season rainfall peak is January. Rain tends to come in sudden tropical downpours, but it can also rain nonstop for days. Every May, the fashion and food and wine communities descend upon the nation’s capital for the Jakarta Fashion & Food Festival, while February sees the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival in town.

Average temperatures: 24 - 32 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Lightweight pants, singlets, t-shirts, dresses and sandals.
Don’t forget: Swimwear, an umbrella and a raincoat.

Dry Season: July to October

Although the temperature during the dry season remains somewhat hotter than that of the monsoon months, July to September is the most popular time to visit Indonesia’s capital city. In September, Jakarta Soulnation Festival comes to town celebrating soul, hip-hop and R’n’B music with local and international artists taking the stage. Why not spend a day away from the city in the nearby Thousand Islands to soak up the sun and sink your feet in the sand on one of 300 isles?

Average temperatures: 25 - 34 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Lightweight pants, singlets, t-shirts, dresses and sandals.
Don’t forget: Swimwear, a hat, sunnies and sunscreen.