Generally, the country is dominated by two seasons—wet and dry, with weather variations in certain months. As a rule of thumb, the dry season lasts from mid-December to mid-May where clear skies can be enjoyed in most parts of the country. The rest of the year, from June to November comprises the ‘wet’ or rainy season, but even during these months, it’s still mostly sunny.
Any time of the year is a great time to go and visit the Philippines, which is blessed with a year-round tropical weather. The dry months (peak season) draw the most crowds, but you can still enjoy the beaches even during the rainier months, as rains typically last only a few hours. Occasional typhoons can last two to three days, however.
Dry season in the Philippines
The dry months of December through to May in the Philippines is the best times to visit. This is especially so for tourists who want to get the most out of the country’s stunning beaches and amazing dive spots.
Similarly, the months of December, January and May are excellent when planning to immerse into the colourful traditions all throughout the country.
Provincial festivities, or fiestas, as well as cultural celebrations are common during these months.
Wet season in the Philippines
The wet season is nothing to frown about, except maybe for the brief yet destructive typhoons that plague the country during these times. Sunny spells can still be expected, and cool weather is common especially in the sheltered parts of the country. August is usually the most drenched month, leaving some rural roads impassable due to flooding.
The Philippine islands, being an archipelago, also have varying weather spells due to the unique geography of the contrasting landscape, and visitors should consider this before planning their visit.
Philippines weather in Manila
The capital city of Manila in Luzon is dominated by humid and hot weather, typically the whole year, with the months of May and June being the warmest and stickiest, while August and September is when rains are heaviest.
North Philippines weather
The Philippine highlands, especially Baguio, Banawe and other northern provinces, are the best places to visit during humid and warm months, as the temperature there is much cooler than the low and coastal lands such as beach resorts.
Travelers who want to avoid crowds are advised to steer clear of holiday seasons such as Easter and Christmas, as most locals spend their vacations in the prime tourist spots.
Philippine weather in the Visayas and south
Boracay and Cebu in the Visayas – which are typically the most sought after island resorts in the country – enjoy a beautiful tropical marine climate. The temperature averages about 32 degrees during the dry months while storms pass by during the months of June through October, although they rarely last more than a few hours.
Mindanao’s Davao also enjoys the same climate as Cebu and Boracay, with well-distributed rainfall throughout the rainy months. Davao is probably the most sheltered area in the country when it comes to typhoons and storms.