The Philippine Climate

Places with heavy rains from November to January and with no distinct season are eastern parts of Southern Luzon particularly eastern part of Quezon, Bicol Region, the eastern islands of Visayas such as Samar, Leyte and the eastern islands and districts of Mindanao.

Those noticeably wet From June to November and dry from November- April are the northwest parts of Luzon such as Pagudpud, Laoag, Vigan, La union, Pangasinan and Zambales. Others are Manila, Batangas, Palawan, Occidental Mindoro, the western side of Panay Island and Negros Occidental.

Rainfalls evenly distributed through out the year are in the Northeast districts of Luzon such as Baler, Cagayan, Sierra Madre, Isabela and the eastern part of Mindoro such as Oriental Mindoro, the western parts of the Bicol Region, Marinduque Island, Bohol, western part of Leyte, the western areas of Mindanao from Lanao Del Norte and Del Sur, Cotabato, Davao to the island of Basilan, excluding Zamboanga.Rain rain go away...

Areas with rains from June to November and mostly dry From November to May are the Central areas of Luzon and some central areas of the Visayas including eastern parts of Panay such as Kalibo, Roxas City , Iloilo, others are Boracay, Negros Oriental, Cebu City and Moalboal.

The Monsoons

These powerful winds carrying water from the ocean are returning every year, reason why they are often associated with the concept of season (monsoon comes from the Arabic word mausin):

 from the southeast (Pacific Ocean) from May to October, Storms and Typhoons carrying heavy rains, especially to the eastern part of the country.

 from the northwest from November to April, not rain intensive.

The monsoons are actually drawing very distinct seasonal schemes in the Philippines. Hence, three seasons are observed throughout the year, more distinctively in the northwestern parts of the country:

 Winter from December to February (cool and dry)

 Summer from March to May (hot and dry)

 rainy season from June to November

More Weather Tips

Adventure travelers should be careful of the risk of unexpected typhoons. Their frequency and intensity vary every season. Typhoons originating from the pacific always end up hitting the Philippines. This happens most in August and September and mostly, northern part of the country is vulnerable. Trekkers and mountaineers should first consult the PHIVOLCS or the Phil Institute of Volcanology and Seismology before climbing volcanoes. It is always prohibited for climbing when recorded active.
Thus any adventure seekers must always consider the weather and the risks it can pose.

The Tropical Winds

pagudpudsunset.jpgGeographically, Philippine climate is dominated by heavy typhoons and monsoon winds. These patterns are unpredictable and the basic forces should be considered before going around. Northeast monsoon winds usually ensure a warmer climate called amihan, which blows from November to April. This season brings cool, clear weather and strong winds perfect for surfing and sailing. While the southwest monsoon locally known as habagat, blows in from May to October. This gives the country gusty winds that cause annoying rains to most places. However both of these winds bring rains and often affects the country’s climate stability. It can be rainy in the other part while sunny and mild in the other. In some places floods and landslide are inevitable during heavy rains. Be aware that terribly affected areas can shut down permanently.