Best time to visit Cebu

The best time to visit Cebu is during the drier season from January through April when you can expect mainly clear sunny skies with a cooling north-easterly wind, and temperatures averaging a high of 30°C (86°F).


Cebu weather

Cebu experiences a hot and humid tropical climate year-round, with a 'drier' season from January to May, and a wet season from June to December. Note: Rain falls throughout the year in Cebu.

What is the best month to visit Cebu?
January, February and March are the best months to visit Cebu – the climate is good with mainly clear skies and hot, sunny weather with occasional rain showers.

However, anytime during the drier season from late-December through April is good – you can expect mainly sunny skies with temperatures averaging a high of 30°C (86°F).

What is the hottest month in Cebu?
The hottest month in Cebu is usually May, with an average high temperature of 33°C (91°F), high heat and humidity, and a night-time low of 26°C (78°F).

The hot season lasts from mid-April to mid-June, with an average daily high temperature above 32°C (89°F).

What is the coldest month in Cebu?
The coldest month in Cebu is usually January, with an average high-temperature of 30°C (86°F) and night-time low of 24°C (75°F)

The cooler season lasts from mid-December to mid-February, with an average daily high temperature below 30°C (86°F).

When is it sunniest in Cebu?
The sunniest time of year in Cebu is usually April with bright sunshine on average for 66% of daylight hours; that's eight hours of sunshine per day.

What is the humidity in Cebu?
Cebu experiences little seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 74% – 81% over the course of the year.

What do the humidity conditions feel like in Cebu?
We derive the humidity comfort level – what conditions feel like – from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the atmosphere: a higher dew point feels more humid, while a lower dew point feels drier.

Meteorologists agree that dew point temperature is a more consistant indication of 'absolute humidity' than relative humidity, which fluctuates with temperature. 

The average annual dew point in Cebu is 24°C (75°F), and varies little over the course of the year. 

Typically, it's muggy all year round in Cebu – almost every day feels muggy or oppressive.

When is the sea warmest in Cebu?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Cebu in June, when the water temperature averages 30°C (86°F), with good conditions for diving, snorkeling, swimming and surfing.

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

Which month has the most rain in Cebu?
July is usually the wettest month in Cebu with 215mm (8in) of rainfall on average, distributed across 15 days.

The wet season lasts from early-June through to early-January, with a greater than 32% chance of a given day being a wet day.

The drier season lasts from early-January through May. The month with the fewest wet days in Cebu is April, with an average of five days and 57mm (2.2in) of rainfall.

What are the windiest months in Cebu?
The windiest month of the year in Cebu is January, with an average hourly wind speed of 20 kilometres per hour (12 mph; 11 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from mid-November to mid-April, with average wind speeds of more than 15 kilometres per hour (9 mph; 8 knots).

The calmer time of year lasts from mid-April through to mid-November. The least windy month of the year in Cebu is June, with an average hourly wind speed of 12 kilometres per hour (7.5 mph; 6.5 knots).

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

Is there a risk of a tropical storm in Cebu?
The risk of a tropical storm in Cebu is greatest in November, with the likelihood of this happening is around 5%. The region is prone to tropical cyclones, which usually develop between October and December.


Cebu Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
30 30 31 32 33 32 31 32 32 31 31 31
Average low temperature (°C)
24 24 24 25 26 25 25 25 25 25 25 25
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
6 6 7 8 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Average daily daylight (hrs)
11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 11
Comfort level
Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon High hot icon High hot icon High hot icon Moderately hot icon High hot icon High hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon
Comfort level – humidity (#muggy days)
31 28 31 30 31 30 31 31 30 31 30 31
Average dew point temperature (°C)
23 23 23 24 25 25 24 24 24 24 24 24
Average relative humidity (%)
81 79 75 74 76 79 79 78 80 80 80 81
UV Index (max)
11 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11 10
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
9 7 6 5 8 13 13 12 13 15 13 12
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
167 118 62 57 78 175 215 171 209 208 132 152
Average wind speed (km/h)
20 20 18 16 13 12 13 14 13 13 15 18
Average sea temperature (°C)
27 27 28 29 29 30 29 29 29 29 29 28
Cebu City, Philippines

Holiday seasons

High season: From late-December to May, including Christmas, New Year, Easter and Philippine school holidays during April and May.

Low season: June to November.


Source: Meteorological data for Cebu is based on weather statistics gathered for the period 2012 to 2021 from the closest weather station: Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB), located 10km (6mi) east of Cebu City, Central Visayas, Philippines. Additional climate data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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 Cebu Island: 10 May, 2024


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