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I Know It’s Warm but … What’s the Overall Climate in the Philippines?

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It’s perfect, actually.

Well, what is perfect is such an individual thing, but it is fair to assume that warm and sunny tropical breezes come rather close to defining perfect—and that is what you will experience daily in the Philippines—especially on Tablas.

Most descriptions of the Philippines state there are only two seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. For Tablas, that is an unjust distinction. In actuality, Tablas’ seasonal breakdown is more like this:

  1. the consistently sunny season, and
  2. the sunny-then cloudy-then rainy-then sunny season.

Rarely is there ever a day on Tablas when the sun does not shine.

Yes, the dry season—from November to April—rarely sees rain. And, yes, rain certainly makes an appearance during the country’s declared rainy season—from May to October —but never, never does the sun hide for too long on Tablas. Often, Tablas’ so-called rainy season boasts back-to- back-to- back, full days of sunshine. And when the rain does come to Tablas, it is almost always during the later-night hours.

The difference in climate from island to island is often dramatic as the general climate of the Philippines allows for tropical, rainforest, tropical savanna, tropical monsoon or humid subtropical (only in the high-altitude) areas. It is important to note that regarding the Philippines and it’s commonly referenced “dry” and “rainy” season designations, this is purely dependent on location in the country as some areas experience rain all throughout the year—Tablas does not.

Based on temperature, generally, the warmest months of the year throughout the Philippines are March through October—regardless of location; the winter monsoon brings cooler air from November to February. Throughout the country, May is the warmest month (on Tablas, specifically, March, April and May are the three hottest months)—as a result, it is during the months of May and June that the youth throughout the Philippines enjoy their summer break from school. January is the coldest month and has lower humidity with a fantastic sea breeze. The average temperature during the entire year ranges from 90°F (32°C) to 78°F (26°C).

The summer monsoon brings heavy rains to most of the archipelago from May to October. Annual average rainfall ranges from as much as 5000 millimetres (197 inches) in the mountainous east coast section of the country, to less than 1000 millimetres (39 inches) in some of the sheltered valleys. Monsoon rains, although hard and drenching, are not normally associated with high winds and waves.

Although the country in its entirety does sit across the typhoon belt, allowing for storms from July through October, Tablas’ location and its mountainous landscape nicely protects it from tsunamis and the worst of typhoons. Tablas—for endless reasons—has proven to be among the very safest Philippines islands while boasting the very best in the country’s climate.

Tablas’ climate is perfect for people—expats, aging or otherwise—who cannot withstand or simply no longer desire the biting cold of a Western winter. The sunshine and warm, ocean waters welcome you.

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