Manila Weather Guide
Temperature is fairly consistent year round in Manila making anytime a good time to visit the Philippines capital, with the possible exception of Holy Week (around Easter) when hotels fill up and prices triple. There are 2 seasons: the wet season and the dry season plus the typhoon season when tropical storms can release their wrath and expel foul weather for days.
Season and Clothing
Wet Season: June to November
During the month of June, San Juan (a city within the Manila Metro) honours its patron saint John the Baptist by saturating passersby and motorists in a boisterous water festival – BYO super soaker. The Philippines does unfortunately lie on a pretty nasty typhoon belt and the country suffers an annual onslaught of precarious storms from July through October. There’s not much you can do to predict typhoons, so adopt the Filipino truism – ‘bahala na’ (‘whatever will be, will be’) – and wait it out at the Mall of Asia or check out Imelda Marcos’ shoe collection at the National Museum.
Average temperatures: 25 – 31 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Shorts, t-shirts, lightweight dresses.
Don’t forget: An umbrella and travel insurance in case a typhoon disrupts your holiday.
Dry Season: December to May
January to May hold the best weather conditions in Manila, however it also means high tourist season. FYI: Filipinos hit the road en masse in April and May for their summer holidays so it’s best to travel outside of these months to avoid traffic congestion in and out of the city. Manila gets fairly hot and dusty from March to May, however the drier, sunnier conditions make it an ideal time to get out and about and explore the city. Don’t miss the Wanderland Music and Arts Festival in May – the biggest in the Philippines . Last year’s headliners included The Temper Trap, Neon Trees and Nada Surf.
Average temperatures: 24 – 30 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: T-shirts, shorts, dresses and swimwear.
Don’t forget: A hat, SPF 50+ sunscreen and good walking shoes.