Manila weather is under a tropical monsoon climate characterised by two pronounced seasons: dry from December to May, and wet from June to November. The average yearly temperature in Manila stands around 27°C, while the average yearly rainfall reaches around 2,000 mm.
A tropical monsoon climate is not really pleasant in big cities due to the fact man-made buildings and the materials add weight to the already heavy atmosphere. However, as Manila is located close to the sea, it releases a bit of the pressure induced by high temperatures and high hygrometry.
Best time to visit Manila
Even though the dry season lasts from December to May, the best time to visit Manila is from January to April. During these four months, average temperatures stay around 27°C, with a minimum of 22°C, and maximum of 34°C. Precipitation is rare; you can count around six rainy days max per month on average at this time of the year.
December is alright, but it is a bit too humid and fresh to include it in the best time to visit the capital city of the Philippines. As for May, like in most south-east Asian countries, it’s really a too warm month to stay and enjoy Manila.
Wet Season in Manila
From June to November, the wet season in Manila is not a very pleasant time to visit the city. Even though rain doesn’t fall permanently, the city is humid, very humid. To the point of having some streets, or even entire Metro Manila neighbourhoods flooded. The Philippines is a country hit by cyclones every year, and Manila receive its share of strong wings too, occasionally.
Fortunately, on the bright side, temperatures rarely (if ever) fall under 20°C, even during the wettest months of the year, August and September. So if you decide to visit Manila during low season, do not forget your raincoat!