Planning to fly out to Manila, Boracay, or Cebu? Before you book your plane ticket, it would be wise to get to know the weather in the Philippines first. The country indeed boasts one of the warmest weather conditions among all the Asian countries, but it would be great if you can pack the correct clothes and gears depending on the month. Why? Well, as we have discussed in our foolproof list of Tagalog weather vocabulary, the country is like a magnet to storms which means that there will always be heavy rainfalls throughout the year.
The Philippines is a tropical country in Southeast Asia that boasts over 7,641 islands and islets. As you probably can see from its geographical representation in world maps, the country has an archipelagic nature. It mainly contains three main island groups: Luzon, Mindanao, and the Visayas. Despite its far-off placement on the map, the country is internationally known as one of the top tourist destinations in Asia due to its warm climate, glorious-looking natural wonders, colorful traditions, fantastic history, and mouthwatering dishes.
The Philippines is also famous for many interesting reasons, including the fact that it was once known as the texting capital of the whole world, has 3 of the 10 largest malls in the world, and that it was where the first-ever basketball league was established. In addition to all that, it is also known as one place that supplies the skilled workforce for various countries, including the United States, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Qatar.
But then again, let's get into the best reason why you probably know the Philippines... it's the astounding natural attractions! During March, April, and May, tourists are literally flocking over the beaches, falls, and caves that can only be seen in the country. Some of the top beaches with white sand and crystal blue waters include the unspoiled Boracay, El Nido, Panglao Island, Camotes Island, Gigantes Islands, and Batanes. If you are in for a truly unique place, you might have already heard about the Pink Beach, which features a special type of sand that has been mixed with pulverized corals.
However, before you pack your slippers and waterproof bags, tell you one thing: the country is prone to tropical cyclones, which means that you can expect strong winds, flash floods, and heavy rainfall. In order to make your visit worthwhile, allow us to walk you through all the information regarding the country's weather and climate.
In the search for the exact temperatures that can be expected? Well, allow us to walk you through the facts directly:
Due to its geographical location within the typhoon belt of the Pacific Ocean region, the Philippines is definitely a country that has been challenged numerous times. In fact, the report of the Asian Disaster Reduction Center or ARDC shows that there are basically 20 typhoons to expect per year, and 5 of those are purely destructive in nature. Just last year, it was even hit by the most devastating storm known as Super Typhoon Goni, resulting in over $415 million in damages and 25 deaths (based on local reports).
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has upgraded its systems and created better online touchpoints with all those considered. This move ensures that Filipinos and travelers will have year-round updated bulletins to reflect the forecasts in terms of weather, flood, tropical cyclone, climate, and agri-weather. Based on those data, we are presenting below the months and what you can expect for the weather condition to be:
|June||Wet||Hot and Rainy||Hot|
|July||Wet||Hot and Rainy||Hot|
|August||Wet||Hot and Rainy||Hot|
|September||Wet||Hot and Rainy||Hot|
|October||Wet||Hot and Rainy||Hot|
Please note that the table above shows the common pattern, but the weather may still fluctuate between regions. As a rule of thumb, always bring an umbrella or a jacket to stay dry since the weather can be very unpredictable. Also, understand that the Philippines has a tropical climate where it is exposed to the sun most of the time, which means that it only has two seasons: dry season and wet season.
Don't get discouraged if you think that the trip will be plainly hot as you can seriously visit areas that are always cold, like e Tagaytay, Sagada, Banaue, and Baguio. The reason why those remain cold throughout the period is that it has a unique elevation from the rest of the places. The average temperatures here can go as low as 6.3 °C to 7.3°C! So, if you have packed winter clothes and want to take a run from the summer heat, you'll surely get to wear them all.
If you still want to experience the summer from this place, remember to pack some really light and cottony shirts as even the early parts of February can be so hot too! More so if you plan to stay in the central places or a populous city! Just recently, the heat index even reached 53°C! Good thing that the heat somewhat dissipates by night!
Not sure of when to visit? Check out our updated list below, combining the top national holidays, festivals, and special occasions which you might want to be part of. Since the nation has a significant Catholic population, you can expect to see tons of holidays related to it.
|Month||Festivals / Holidays|
|January||Feast of the Black Nazarene / Ati-tihan / Sinulog|
|February||Panagbenga festival / Suman festival / Hot Air Balloon Fiesta/ Chinese New Year / Cagsawa festival|
|March||Sunflower festival / Alimango festival / Holy Week|
|April||Moriones / Centurion festival|
|May||Flores de Mayo / Pahiyas / Abaca festival|
|June||Independence day / Pinangat festival / Kamalig festival|
|July||Sandugo festival / Grand kalinga festival|
|August||Ninoy Aquino day / National Heroes day / Hin-ay festival|
|September||Feast of the Nativity of Mary|
|October||Masskara festival / Rahugan festival / Parau festival|
|November||All Saint's day / All Souls' day / Bonifacio day|
|December||Feast of the Immaculate Conception / Christmas|
So which of the annual festivals are you planning to be part of this year? As always, do remember to check the festivals and the specific places where they will be held, and the possible weather conditions by checking the updated data from the PAGASA database.
Are you excited to experience the wonders of this Asian nation this year? If you are, then you better get yourself ready, as it may come in handy if you know the essential Tagalog words for travel. You see, the locals are really good at English but trust us when we say that you can get extra special treatment if they hear you try your best to speak their language 🙂
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