Manila Climate and Weather

Manila has hot, humid weather all year round and the city's proximity to the equator ensures that the temperature range is small, rarely dropping below 68°F (20°C) and seldom rising above 100°F (38°C). It is a little cooler between November and February. The hottest month is May, when the temperature averages 83ºF (28ºC). The rainy season is between June and October, although some precipitation is possible throughout the year. The driest period is between December and May.

The rainy season tends to involve short, heavy downpours, punctuated by plenty of sunshine. Some travellers insist that a visit during the rainy season is ideal as it's cheaper and less crowded, and the downpours are refreshing. Typhoons can hit the city between June and September and can sometimes cause flooding. The hot weather and humidity is pleasantly tempered by sea breezes for much of the year.

Manila suffers from high levels of air pollution and smog is very common. The most popular time to visit is between January and May, when it is at its driest. That said, it is essentially a year-round travel destination. Tourists should be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen whatever time of year they visit.