Taiwan Weather Guide

The Tropic of Cancer runs straight through the middle of Taiwan bringing tropical and subtropical weather with average annual temperature in the north of 22 degrees Celsius and a slightly warmer 25 degrees in the south. With no severely cold winters or scorching summers, there’s never really a bad time to visit Taiwan. The country isn’t immune to humidity however, particularly in summer when the temperatures rise and rain strikes.

Season and Clothing

Summer: June to August

The hottest months in Taiwan are from June to August when the temperature can rise from 25 degrees Celsius to a muggy 38 degrees. You might be thankful to see the storm clouds rolling in to ease the heat, but take an umbrella on days out to avoid getting stuck in the rain. Beach lovers can find reprieve and cool off on any of the country’s beaches all summer long.  Just be prepared for the possibility of an evening storm or worse, a typhoon. Typhoons are most likely to strike between July and October with on average about 4 direct hits per year.

Autumn: September to November

Thing are relatively calm in autumn in Taiwan - the weather is cooler but still warm and sunny, and there’s little if any rain around. Head up to the mountains to see the spectacular auburn foliage – the autumn months are arguably the best time to visit Taiwan. The country celebrates its National Day on October 10 to commemorate the Wuchang Uprising that led to the overthrow of the Qing dynasty in 1911. Parades and fireworks displays are held in front of the Presidential Building in Taipei.

Winter: December to February

Winter season is an ideal time to visit Taiwan. While it can get a little chilly in the mornings and evenings, the mild and moderate air makes for pleasant sightseeing. The Lunar New Year usually falls in late January or early February and the cities get very busy with local and international tourists. The New Year festivities are a great opportunity to see the streets come alive with colour and tradition. But if you want to swim during the winter in Taiwan, head south.

Spring: March to May

In the spring months, the days are warming up and the grass is green providing the perfect conditions to do some hiking in Taiwan’s mountains – you’d best make the most of the outdoors before the summer typhoon season hits! Climb Yangmingshan Hill and see the cherry blossoms and see the variety of flower festivals that celebrate the blooms. As temperatures rise, the weather shifts from spring drizzle to typhoon downpours. Be prepared for anything in spring – the country can experience 4 seasons in one day in some parts.