South East Asia
Sara and John say...
With over 7000 islands and a huge diversity of landscapes and cultures across this green west Pacific archipelago, the weather across the Philippines is also suitably varied.
Year-round warmth is a given, but sunshine isn’t. So choose carefully. In broad terms there are two seasons through the year - ‘wet’ and ‘dry’.
The dry season begins around October, and it lasts for several months. During this winter period, most days are largely fine and sunny. Daytime highs at the capital, Manila, are close to 30 Celsius, with nights in the low-20s; and humidity is lower than at other times of year.
Whether you’re relaxing at the beach, visiting the vast array of cultural attractions or taking in more vigorous sightseeing amidst the stunning wildlife - sun cream and water will be essential. But even at this time year, you can still expect the odd shower, most likely over the higher hills inland as the heat builds later in the day.
Temperature and humidity rise through March and April, with showers becoming more abundant. It’s the hottest time of the year, approaching 40 degrees on some days. However, for those who love the heat, this can be a good time to visit as tourist numbers drop and prices can be lower.
From June to September, a steamier heat produces cloudier skies and almost daily downpours. But remember, given the vast expanse of this country, if it’s raining in one place, it’s almost guaranteed to be dry somewhere else. Even in the wet season, you’ll still enjoy hot, sunny days, with the bonus of fewer crowds and lush, green scenery.
And a last word about typhoons. The season stretches from July until the end of the year. But the chances of any one place being hit are always low. So don’t let the scare-stories skew your choice of when and where to go.