Weather in the Philippines

The Philippines generally has a hot climate zone with high humidity levels. However, there may be some differences in the weather on the eastern and western sides of the archipelago.

Weather in the Philippines in various parts of the country differs in the length of the dry and rainy seasons. On some islands, precipitation can fall evenly, without reference to the season, while on others, there are dry and wet seasons.

The weather on the west coast of the Philippines

The dry season runs from mid-November to late April on the west coast. The rest of the time, it’s raining. This zone includes the western part of Luzon and the Visayas, for example, the northwestern part of the island of Palawan (including El Nido), the islands of Busuanga, Coron, Cagayan, and the western part of Panay.

Temperature and precipitation monthly, El Nido

Month Jan Febr Marc Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Temp.max, °C 31 31 32 33 32 31 30 30 30 31 31 31
Temp.min, °C 22 22 23 24 24 23 23 22 22 23 23 22
Precipit, мм 12 5 7 23 159 333 400 433 349 264 146 60
Rainy days 2 1 1 3 11 18 21 21 19 17 10 6
Sea temp., °C 27.7 27.6 27.7 28.8 30.0 29.9 29.4 28.6 28.5 29.1 29.3 28.7

The weather on the east coast of the Philippines

On the east coast of the Philippines, the climate can be in the absence of a dry season. The maximum amount of precipitation occurs from December to the second decade of March, and the minimum amount falls in the spring months – from the end of March to the end of May.

Seasonless weather in some areas of the eastern coast of the Philippines

Although in some areas of the east coast, it is impossible to single out a certain period of the year with a minimum number of rainy days. Precipitation can fall evenly throughout the year. This type of climate is typical for the islands of Dinagat, Siargao, and the eastern part of Mindanao.

Monthly temperature and precipitation, Siargao Island

Month Jan Febr Marc Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Temp.max, °C 28 28 29 30 31 31 30 30 30 30 29 29
Temp.min, °C 26 26 26 26 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27
Precipit, мм 272 108 98 54 37 58 61 52 71 90 162 174
Rainy days 26 21 21 16 15 19 19 20 21 23 22 24

The weather in the northern part of the Philippines

The islands of Camiguin, Bohol, and Leyte fall into the zone where with equal probability, you can find both sunny and rainy weather throughout the year.

Monthly temperature and precipitation, Bohol Island 

Month Jan Febr Marc Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Temp.max, °C 28 30 30 31 33 32 31 32 32 31 31 30
Temp.min, °C 25 25 25 26 27 27 26 26 26 26 26 26
Precipit, мм 202 106 146 66 96 103 107 94 156 122 146 132
Rainy days 13 8 8 3 6 9 10 9 11 12 9 7
Sea temp., °C 27.2 26.8 27.6 28.6 29.6 30.2 29.0 29.0 29.2 28.9 28.9 27.7

The weather in the central part of the Philippines

The weather in the central part of the Philippines is determined by a short dry season from December to February or from March to May. This zone includes the islands of Cebu, Negros, Boracay, Siquijor, Bantayan, Sibuyan, and Romblon.

Temperature and precipitation by months, Cebu Island 

Month Jan Febr Marc Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Temp.max, °C 30 30 31 32 33 32 32 32 32 32 31 30
Temp.min, °C 24 24 24 25 26 25 25 25 26 25 25 24
Precipit, мм 110 70 20 30 70 170 180 110 160 200 110 110
Rainy days 11 9 7 6 8 14 15 13 15 16 15 13
Sea temp., °C 27.0 26.7 27.2 27.9 29.2 29.6 29.3 29.1 29.1 29.1 29.3 28.0

The northern part of Luzon, falling into the so-called typhoon zone, is considered the most problematic place in the Philippines in this regard. And on the southern islands, the likelihood of catching lousy weather is much less.

The best time to relax in the Philippines

Given these features, the best time to relax in the Philippines is the period from January to May. This is the dry season for most archipelagos, so there are many chances for bright sunshine and no storms. However, the Philippines is tropical, and anything can happen.

Weather in the Philippines in July and August

If you have holidays in July and August, don’t worry, you can also travel to the Philippines during these months. Although you will be at the height of the rainy season, this does not mean it will rain all day. The monsoon usually brings rain for several hours, usually in the afternoon, but the weather is very variable on the islands. Sun and rain can alternate several times a day.

In addition, it is worth noting that July and August are the best months to visit islands in the southern Philippines, such as Camiguin and Siargao. Be sure to include these great islands in your trip.

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