Best time to visit Manila

The best time to visit Manila is during the dry season from late-December through 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?
January, February and March 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 35°C (94°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.

What is the humidity in Manila?
Manila experiences little seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 65% – 83% over the course of the year.

What do the humidity conditions feel like in Manila?
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 Manila is 21°C (75°F), and varies over the course of the year from muggy at 20°C (68°F) to oppressive at 24°C (75°F).

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

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 594mm (23in) of rainfall on average, distributed across 21 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 least rainfall in Manila are February, March and April with an average 40mm (1.5in) of rainfall distributed across five days.

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 high temperature (°C)
30 31 33 34 35 33 31 31 31 31 31 30
Average low temperature (°C)
22 21 23 24 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 – heat
Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon High hot icon Extreme hot icon Extreme hot icon High hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately 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)
21 20 21 22 24 24 24 24 24 24 23 22
Average relative humidity (%)
74 71 67 65 71 78 82 83 82 79 77 77
UV Index (max)
10 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 10 9
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
6 5 4 5 11 17 20 21 19 16 14 12
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
58 40 43 36 156 298 498 594 447 280 168 121
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 December to April, including the Christmas, New Year and Easter holiday periods, as well as the Philippine school holidays in April and May.

Low season: June to November.

Source: Meteorological data for Metro Manila is based on weather statistics gathered for the period 2012 to 2021 from the closest weather stations at PAGASA Science Garden, Quezon City, and from Ninoy Aquino Manila International Airport (MIAA), located 13km (8mi) and 8km (5mi) respectively from Makati CBD, Metro Manila. 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 Manila: 10 May, 2024

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