Best time to visit Manila

The best time to visit Manila is during the dry season from December to mid-April when you can expect mainly sunny skies and daily temperatures averaging 27°C (80°F), rising to an average high of 33°C (91°F) in early-April.

Manila weather

Manila experiences a hot and humid tropical climate year-round, with a dry season from January to April, and a wet season from May to December.

What is the best month to visit Manila?
December, January and February are the best months to visit Manila – the climate is good with warm to hot weather, mainly sunny skies and little or no rainfall. Daytime temperatures generally average 27°C (80°F).

However, anytime from December through to mid-April is good, although temperatures progressively increase through March and April to an average high of 34°C (93°F).

What is the hottest month in Manila?
The hottest month in Manila is usually May, with an average high temperature of 34°C (93°F), high heat and humidity, and a night-time low of 26°C (78°F).

However, on the warmest days of the month, the temperature usually reaches around 36°C (96°F).

The hot season lasts from early-April to late-May, with an average daily high temperature above 33°C (91°F).

What is the coldest month in Manila?
The coldest month in Manila is usually January, with an average high-temperature of 30°C (86°F) and night-time low of 22°C (71°F)

The cooler season lasts from late-November to mid-February, with an average daily high temperature below 31°C (87°F).

When is it sunniest in Manila?
The sunniest time of year in Manila is usually April with nine and a half hours of sunshine per day on average – that's around 74% of daylight hours.

When is the sea warmest in Manila?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Manila during May and June, when the water temperature averages 30°C (86°F), which is pleasant for swimming.

The sea temperature in Manila is good for swimming year-round.

Which month has the most rain in Manila?
August is usually the wettest month in Manila with 475mm (18in) of rainfall on average, distributed across 19 days.

The wet season lasts from mid-May through to mid-December, with a greater than 40% chance of a given day being a wet day.

The drier season lasts from mid-December through to mid-May. The months with the fewest wet days in Manila are February and March, with an average of three days and 20mm (1in) of rainfall.

What are the windiest months in Manila?
The windiest month of the year in Manila is December, with an average hourly wind speed of 16 kilometres per hour (10 mph; 8.6 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from November through March, with average wind speeds of more than 13 kilometres per hour (8 mph; 7 knots).

The calmer time of year lasts from April through October. The least windy month of the year in Manila is May, with an average hourly wind speed of 10 kilometres per hour (6 mph; 5 knots).

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Manila varies throughout the year.

Is there a risk of a tropical storm in Manila?
The risk of a tropical storm in Manila is greatest in November, with the probability at around 8% of this happening. The region is prone to tropical cyclones, which usually develop between May to December, with the likelihood greater between August and November.

Manila Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average daily max (°C)
30 31 32 34 34 33 31 31 31 31 31 30
Average daily min (°C)
22 23 24 25 26 25 25 25 25 24 24 23
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
7 7 8 9 8 6 6 5 6 6 6 7
Average daily daylight (hrs)
11 11 12 12 12 13 13 12 12 12 11 11
Comfort level
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Average relative humidity (%)
74 71 68 66 73 78 83 85 85 81 78 77
UV Index (max)
10 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 10 9
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
4 3 3 3 9 14 19 19 18 14 10 8
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
20 20 20 25 160 255 430 475 395 220 120 100
Average wind speed (km/h)
15 15 14 11 10 10 11 12 11 11 14 16
Average sea temperature (°C)
27 27 28 29 30 30 29 29 29 29 29 28
Manila, Philippines

Holiday seasons

High season: From November to March, including the Christmas, New Year and Easter holiday periods, as well as the Philippine school holidays in April and May.

Shoulder season: May and October.

Low season: June to September, with cheaper accommodation prices.

Note: Meteorological data for Manila is based on weather statistics gathered for the period 1991 to 2020, and is sourced from the closest weather station at Ninoy Aquino Manila International Airport (MIAA), around 8km (5mi) south of Manila, Philippines. Additional climate data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

Latest update: Best time to visit Manila: 7 November, 2023

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