Philippines Weather Guide
Temperatures are fairly consistent all year round in the Philippines making anytime a good time to visit, with the possible exception of Holy Week when hotels fill up and prices triple. The Philippines is close to the equator making it a tropical country, however the weather pattern is also subject to habitual winds, which make weather forecasting unpredictable. Officially, there are two seasons in the country; the wet season and the dry season.
Season and Clothing
Wet Season: June to November
The Philippines does, unfortunately, lie on a pretty nasty typhoon belt and suffers an annual onslaught of precarious storms from June through December. Tropical storms can release their wrath and expel foul weather for days, but there’s not much you can do to predict typhoons. Adopt the Filipino truism – ‘bahala na’ (whatever will be, will be) – and wait it out. Even when typhoons are raging in Manila or elsewhere around the country, you are always bound to find one spot in the Philippines where the weather is pleasant. The season comes down to luck really; one day could be clear and sunny and the next - torrential rain, so make the most of the good weather and get outdoors on sunny days and save the rainy days for shopping and indoor activities! Wet season temps range from 25 to 31 degrees Celsius on average. Independence Day is celebrated around the country on the 12 June.
Dry Season: December to May
January to May provide the best weather conditions in the Philippines, however it also means high tourist season. FYI: Filipinos hit the road en masse in April and May for their summer holidays. Dry season conditions vary from cool to hot. From December to February, the amihan winds bring hints of winter from the northern hemisphere and it can get a little on the chilly side from December until early February, when temperatures dip to an annual average of 25.5 degrees Celsius. While this is a desirable temperature for most around the world, understandably it’s a little on the cooler side for the Philippines. The hottest and driest months often coincide with the Holy Week Easter celebrations annually. Guys – in restaurants, churches and temples you’ll need to don long pants as shorts are typically frowned upon in these situations. Otherwise, pack a variety of warm weather gear plus a light jacket or jumper for chilly nights.