The Philippines has two seasons: wet and dry. It has a dry, cool climate from December through February; a dry, hot climate from March through May; and a rainy season from June through November with occasional typhoons and storms. Palawan, an island in the southwestern part of the country lying between the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea, is like the rest of the country, experiencing very warm weather made cooler by monsoon and trade winds blowing all throughout the year. And as with all small cities like Puerto Princesa in Palawan, the temperature is cooler with only an average of 27.4 degree Celsius compared to Manila with an average temperature of 29 degree Celsius.
However, unlike other parts of the Philippines, the weather in Palawan is unique in that some of its regions do not share the same climate with the rest of the province and of the country. The climate in the entire east coastline is significantly different from other parts of the province with rain evenly distributed throughout the year and with only a brief period of dry state. Moreover, there are no definite months for wet season. The west coast, on the other hand, is equally divided into wet and dry seasons. It experiences 6 months of wet season and 6 months of dry. And while the northern area has heavy rains, especially during the months of July and August, the southern part has no low pressure rains and experiences almost no wet season.
Definitely, the best months to visit Palawan are during the summer period starting from March till June. As with any tropical country, the heat is scorching but the sea is calm and makes for a safe journey over the waters. Hence, summer is a peak season in Palawan. Storms are also less likely to land during the cold, dry months of December, January and February, so those may be another good time to come visit. During the recent years, though, the rain and storm patterns have been varying greatly. Some storms would come as late as January and dry season would extend for a full month, sometimes two. So be sure to be ready for these whims of nature.
At any time and in any part of the country, it is more likely to rain in the afternoons than in the mornings. The highest average temperature of 33 degree Celsius generally occurs in April and May, while the lowest average temperature of 21 degree Celsius are usually recorded from January to March. The monsoon winds blows from the Southeast on May through October and Northwest from November to April. The trade winds blow from the Northwest from December to April. These trade winds make the waves of the sea bigger, so it might be good to head on to Palawan during trade wind months as well, if it’s sea surfing you like.
Needless to say, Palawan comes to life during summer when the weather is good. The rest of the year, Palawan is quiet with just a few tourists around. Some find the off-peak season a good time to visit, while others prefer a busy Palawan. The most important part is to make plans ahead of your visit to make sure you enjoy your vacation — and every minute of it!
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