Weather in the Philippines | Best Time to Travel

The Philippines has a tropical climate, and is usually hot, and humid. The average yearly temperature is around 26.5°C (79.7°F). There are three recognized seasons: "Tag-init" or "Tag-araw" (the hot season or summer from March to May), "Tag-ulan" (the rainy season from June to November), and "Tag-lamig" (the cold season from December to February). The southwest monsoon (from May to October) is known as the "Habagat", and the dry winds of the northeast monsoon (from November to April) as the "Amihan". The coolest month is December, and the warmest is May. Both temperature, and humidity levels reach the maximum in April and May. Manila, and most of the lowland areas are hot, and dusty from March to May. Even at this period, the temperatures rarely rise above 37°C., sea-level temperatures rarely fall below 27°C. Annual rainfall measures as much as 5,000 millimeters in the mountainous east coast section, but less than 1,000 millimeters in some of the sheltered valleys. Sitting astride the typhoon belt, most of the islands experiences annual torrential rains, and thunderstorms from June to October.

Best time to travel around the Philippines is January to early May. This is considered the summer season in the Philippines which means you won't be encountering heavy rains or typhoons that may cause delays in your scheduled trip. Summer is also the peak season for local travelers. If you are on a tight budget avoid traveling during important Philippines holidays as travel prices could go twice or thrice their original price.

During Christmas season, overseas Filipino workers arrive in huge numbers and return to their motherland to celebrate the most festive season of the Philippine culture. The following holidays are also suggested to avoid:
  • Lenten Season- Arguably, the worst time to travel in the Philippines. Travel prices are twice as much. Delayed flights, traffic in major highways and the whole city of Metro Manila becomes a ghost town because the urban dwellers will spend their Lenten season vacation outside the city.
  • Christmas/Holiday Season
  • Long Weekends declared by the national government. We have a lot of those. Our current President (Arroyo, as of this writing) is fan of long weekends.
For a list of the holidays in the Philippines,click here

UPDATE: Alas, maybe it's the global warming. Weather in the Philippines this previous summer season is somehow erratic. Rainy season started early this 2009. The last weeks of April brought unexpected rain showers that destroyed beach- hopping plans of my friends.


Weather Philippines said...

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