Living in the Philippines, you might notice there is a massive rainy season.  However, you might wonder why they say there is a rainy season at all.   Like many things about the Philippines, it depends on which region you are living in.

There are four region types of rain in the Philippines.  In some regions there is no signifcant change in the amount of rain during the year.

Four Regions of Rain In The Philippines

  • Type I — Two pronounced seasons.  Wet from November to April and dry the rest of the year.
  • Type II — No dry season with a very pronounced wet season from December to February.
  • Type III — No pronounced maximum rainy period.  With a short dry season.
  • Type IV — Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year with no dry season.

Rainfall by Region in The Philippines (click to enlarge.)

Philippine Weather Facts:

  • The average monthly relative humidity varies between 71 percent in March and 85 percent in September.
  • Based on the average of all weather stations in the Philippines, excluding Baguio, the mean annual temperature is 26.6o C
  • Latitude is an insignificant factor in the variation of temperature while altitude shows greater contrast in temperature
  • The mean annual temperature of Baguio with an elevation of 1,500 meters is 18.3oC.
  • there is essentially no difference in the mean annual temperature of places in Luzon, Visayas or Mindanao measured at or near sea level.
  • Baguio City, eastern Samar, and eastern Surigao receive the greatest amount of rainfall.
  • The southern portion of Cotabato receives the least amount of rain.

One might get the idea that type III is not very rainy.  Look close though, that’s not what it says.  It says there is no pronounced dry season.  I live in Cebu Province which is a Type III region.

Jessie (my girlfriend) tells me that it rains much less here than it does in Tacloban.  She grew up in Tacloban.  Tacloban is in Leyte and is located in a Type II region.  When I was still in the States, I remember her laments about it raining again today.  It would often rain all day.  It rarely does that in the Northern Province of Cebu.

Of course, there are always exceptions to these regions.  Once someone asked me if it would be a bad time to visit the Philippines.  He went on to explain that he didn’t want to come at a time when it would always be raining.  I told him I had never seen it rain here for days on end.

Then Typhoon moved in and sat on top of Luzon (Northern Philippines) for what seemed like forever.  I think it rained for three weeks, even in Cebu!  Cebu is located in the central area of the Philippines. That was a highly unusual event and caused massive suffering in Manila and Luzon.  That guy was probably not happy with me.  I’m not God!  I can only give generalities when it comes to weather.

Soon after I began my life as an expat in the Philippines, I learned not to apply what I know about one area of the Philippines to the entire country.  Perhaps the only thing one can apply throughout the Philippines is its diversity.

Until modern times, travel within the Philippines was difficult.  This is probably why there are so many languages and so many difference in culture here.  Even now, the roads are sometimes in need of repair.   Travel is still not up to what one from the West might expect.

Source:  PAGASA

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