Philippine weather and climate

The climate in the Philippines varies depending on which part of the Philippines you are. During the summer months is actually the only time of the year where the whole country enjoys roughly the same weather patterns. The fact that the Philippines is an archipelago land mass and structure combined with different variations of sea temperatures and air pressures makes it difficult to accurately predict the weather for any certain area. We do have some what noticeable differences in the seasons which are as fallows.

November 1st thru the end of January is winter if you could really call it that. Night time and morning temperatures are fairly cool around 70-75 F. Humidity is high in the mornings also. Right around 70% but usually dissipates buy 9 or 10am due to the sun rising. i have many times woke to dew on our car in the morning. High temps usually get between 80-85F rarely getting higher than 90F. The good thing is that the humidity usually drops to between 30-40% which makes the heat more tolerable. Sometimes there will be a welcome overcast day that temps will hold in the low 80s.  In the mountain regions of northern Luzon there will sometimes be frost accumulation on windows and cars.

February thru late April is summer. This is the hot season when there is little rain and is sunny most every day. Temps often reach 100F and above. We still have relative humidity in the 40-50% range with a nice breeze blowing most every day but not always. Humidity still rises a little at night but with no regular rain its not as much. If you are not used to being in a hot climate then I would not recommend coming here during these months however it is still a beautiful time of year if you like nice sunsets and mostly dry days.

April thru October is the rainy season. This time of year also coincides with Typhoon season which I will discuss next. The seasonal rainy time usually means morning showers with some sunny times during the day. We can also have evening showers also but most days there will be some sunshine. Temps will still usually hover between 85-95F. The humidity is usually high due to the moist air coming off the sea. Even on overcast days the temps will feel hot because of the humidity and temps do not drop to much at night unless of course there is a low pressure system over the area. Which means what? You guessed it. TYPHOON. Obviously not all low pressure systems create Typhoons but a tropical storm can dump alot of rain and have strong winds too. There is not much land mass to slow these systems down so you get what you get here.

Typhoon Season. The typical Typhoon season starts around the end of April and lasts to December. However in 2009 the dominant weather pattern was controlled by El Nino. The first system started in January and the last storm dissipated in December. Yes I said Typhoon season lasted a full year. El Nino is forecast to last thru the first quarter of 2010. Then we should be somewhat back to more normal weather patterns.

One good thing about where I live here in Iloilo is we are in the central region of the Philippines and although we have been hit by some serious storms an overwhelming majority of the storms hit in the northern parts of the Philippines. For example Luzon and Manila were directly hit by three Typhoons in 2009. When during the same time we were not directly hit once. We do get our share of the rain and high winds from the tail ends of these storms but they don’t really cause that much damage like they did in Manila. I did have the unfortunate experience of being here for Typhoon Frank in 2008 when over 800 people lost their lives when a ferry capsized off the southern coast of Panay Island. The day after the storm we drove our car thru town and saw the water line from the flood was 20ft above street level in parts of Iloilo City. We were very lucky in that where we lived did not get flooded when most of our neighbors did.

The best places I have found that have current local weather conditions in the Philippines are. http://weather.yahoo.com/ and http://www.weather.com/

There is also the first Philippine site that tracks Typhoons here.