Weather in Manila

Typhoon Lupit hit Manila in Oct 2009

As soon as your plane lands at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport you will already feel the warm tropical climate of Manila, which can be surprising if you are not used to heat.

Manila’s weather is downright hot and humid, but the temperatures tend to differ by a few degrees according to the time of year. The most important thing to remember is to take precautionary measures to avoid getting a heatstroke and experiencing dehydration on days when the sun is undeniably hot and scorching.

Manila’s weather remains warm all year-round but the seasons determine how hot it could be. In general, the city only has two seasons.

Wet season (May to December)
The start of the wet season varies from year to year. Sometimes it starts as early as May but sometimes it begins in June. This is the season where rains are frequent and typhoons are very common. Rains often come as a result of monsoon winds. Around this season, you may also experience continuous sunny days and then consecutive rainy days following them.

There are also times when it may be sunny in the morning and rainy by the afternoon. May is also deemed as the hottest month when temperatures may rise up to 38 degrees Celsius or higher, but occasional rains and thunderstorms may cause the temperature to get cooler during the day. Around late November or early December, the weather starts getting cooler, especially at night.

Dry season (January to April)
Dry season is one of the best times to visit the Manila because it experiences less rainfall and the weather is significantly cooler in January until it gradually warms up beginning February or March. At its highest, the temperature hits 36 to 37 degrees Celsius, and may drop to 28 degrees Celsius by nighttime. Occasional rains may also occur around this time but they usually happen in the afternoon, and are over within an hour.

Guarding against the heat

The humid and hot weather in Manila may affect the way you are able to enjoy your holiday so you need to take basic precautions to make your stay as comfortable as possible. For starters, only wear light clothing. If you do get cold, a simple hoodie or light sweater will do. You can also wear a hat if you have to walk under the sun, or protect yourself from the sun’s rays with an umbrella, the way Filipinos do. Opt to carry a bottle of water with you to keep yourself hydrated and wear enough sunscreen.

A lot of commercialised places in Manila are air-conditioned because Filipinos in general hate the hot and sticky weather. In fact, shopping malls in the city serve as a place where people can escape the heat and occasional thunderstorms.