Travelling in January
January is regarded as one of the best times of the year to visit the Philippines. This is the height of the dry season for most of the country, when the climate is pleasantly cool and the rains of a few months before are a distant memory. Keep in mind though that temperatures may be markedly lower in mountainous regions such as the Eastern Visayas. In addition places such as Cebu City and eastern Samar can still see a fair amount of rainfall. Average temperatures in Manila in the north of the country range from 22°C to 30°C, while in the southern city of General Santos they can climb as high as 32°C.
Travelling in February
The dry season continues in February, with no sign of dark clouds on the horizon for some time to come yet. With around seven hours of sunshine every day, temperatures can often reach as high as 32°C on southern islands such as Mindanao, so around midday it’s advisable to seek shade. Looking further north, the main island of Luzon has more pleasant temperatures that range from 22°C to 31°C. Eastern parts of the Philippines, including Borongan, are seeing a little less rain by now, though the unwary are still frequently caught out by sporadic showers.
Travelling in March
Be prepared for soaring temperatures and dry heat if you holiday in the Philippines during March. Average March temperatures hover around 28°C but will frequently climb as high as 33°C. Moving into the second half of the dry season, when the mercury starts to rise, the humidity can often make it difficult to wander the city streets while sightseeing for any length of time. But, of course, this is also the ideal time to be in coastal resorts such as those on Palawan, or up in the mountains of Mindanao, where you can cool off and enjoy the variety of stunning Philippines landscapes in their full glory.
Travelling in April
Expect temperatures of between 22°C and 33°C in the Philippines during April, and higher still to the south, as the dry season reaches its peak and brings with it sweltering weather conditions. Many visitors to the Philippines in April will wisely seek to base themselves in the highlands and mountainous regions of the Eastern Visayas and Luzon, where it’s not quite so hot. At this time of year it’s normal to see around nine hours of sunshine every day in most parts of the country, which may sound glorious but the heat is not always comfortable for all.
Travelling in May
May in the Philippines ushers in the beginning of the rainy season, with hot, humid weather punctuated by the occasional torrential downpour. Average temperatures range from 23°C to 34°C. The dry, sticky heat is most noticeable in lowland areas, so it’s worth seeking higher ground or heading to coastal resorts such as those scattered around Palawan province. Across the country, you can enjoy many colourful Flores de Mayo fiestas, with floats covered in beautiful bright flowers.
Travelling in June
In June the rainy season really gets going, starting in the north of the country and making its way quickly south. Though some parts of the Philippines, notably around Cebu, will still be enjoying dry spells for a while longer, the rains can by now be causing problems such as landslides and road closures. Temperatures can range from 22°C to 32°C, and there is significant humidity. In June there is also a small possibility of early typhoons.
Travelling in July
If you’re holidaying in the Philippines during July then we recommend packing a raincoat, because most of the country, in particular the northern regions of Luzon, will be seeing substantial volumes of rainfall. More remote areas of the islands can become unreachable and some touring may be affected by road closures and waterlogged trails. Luzon also tends to bear the brunt of any typhoons that make landfall during July. Temperatures in July can reach highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C.
Travelling in August
August in the Philippines sees some of the heaviest rainfall of the year, especially affecting the northern islands such as Luzon and the western seaboard. Typhoons are also more likely during August. In the southeast of the country it’s not generally as bad, though the weather is still highly unpredictable. Mindanao, the southernmost island in the archipelago for example, sees considerably less rain than elsewhere during August. Temperatures across the Philippines in August are high and typically range from 22°C to 32°C.
Travelling in September
September in the Philippines is characterised by very heavy rainfall, not to mention a high chance of typhoons, making it often a challenge to travel around the islands during this period. Some small relief comes with a general reduction in temperatures, though with a monthly average of around 28°C it’s still very warm. In general, the best weather in the Philippines during September is to be found in the southern and eastern island chains, such as Cebu, Mindanao and Bohol, while to the north one can expect regular monsoons.
Travelling in October
Towards the end of October, the worst of the rainy season is usually over, although typhoons still represent a hazard especially in Luzon, the Eastern Visayas and Bicol. Average temperatures across the Philippines are slowly beginning to fall, spanning around 21°C to 32°C. The weather outlook from now on is generally a little better, but it’s not good news everywhere - the rains are now picking up again in the eastern regions, particularly in Samar, after a brief respite.
Travelling in November
The dry season makes a welcome return from November onwards, and this shoulder month is considered one of the best times of year to visit the PhIlippines before the big influx of tourists. While you can still expect sporadic rainfall during November, particularly in the north and east of the country such as Luzon and the Visayas, the weather is generally sunny. Temperatures hover around a slightly milder 27°C making trekking and sightseeing more manageable. Remember that it’s not unknown for typhoons to make an appearance even this late in the year which may impact on your travel plans.
Travelling in December
By December the weather in the Philippines has typically calmed down considerably. The cool dry season is here, marking the beginning of peak holiday season. Though the Eastern Visayas continue to see heavy rain throughout this period, in the northern, southern and western regions of this immense archipelago it is much more pleasant. Temperatures around the country in December average 22°C, lower still in the highlands and mountains, making trekking far more easy going and relaxing on the beach particularly enjoyable.