The tropical climate of the Philippines does not mean it is sunny and warm all year round in Cebu! We want you to know the sunniest time for you to visit the island so you can make the most out of your trip to the beaches and tourist attractions!
Did you know that the Philippines is only 1,445.54 km north of the equator? This means that the country is generally warm, and does not enjoy the four seasons of spring, summer, fall and winter. Instead, there are only two: the tropical dry season, and the tropical wet season.
There are only 2 seasons in Cebu?!
Cebu is humid all year round, but there are periods when rainfall occurs frequently.
When is the tropical dry season in Cebu? December to May.
When is the tropical wet season in Cebu? June to November.
The average yearly temperature during the day is 31.3°C, and in the evening around 24.8°C. If you are troubled about just how warm it can get, do not worry because the temperature does not exceed 40°C, and is typically in the 30-32°C range.
The average temperatures vary very little!
When is the best time for me to visit Cebu?
The best time to visit is during December-May.
Flights are unlikely to be cancelled or delayed, the possibility of dealing with heavy rain does not have to be accounted for during planning your itinerary and you do not have to worry about your vacation photos looking bleak!
What should I know about the rainy season?
It rains quite often from June to November.
The rain is not persistent. Most residents find shelter when it rains and wait until it clears up completely because the rain usually lasts for about an hour.
You may still visit Cebu during this time, but I’m afraid you will have to be on the lookout for the sun more during your stay. And you might want to educate yourself about Cebu’s typhoon season…
Should I be worried about the typhoon season?
The Philippines is prone to typhoons because of its geographical location– typhoons can only form over oceans. In addition, it is an archipelago, so the 7, 640 islands that make up the country are surrounded by bodies of water. Heavy rains and strong winds can result in casualties to human life and they affect daily commutes, properties and crops.
Typhoon season is in July to October.
To cope with the rain and typhoons, the country has devised a warning system, and information about the intensity is relayed through television, radio, emergency text messages and social media.
You should be careful if the warning signal is at 2!
If you will be flying during the rainy season, be sure to check the status of your flight if a warning for Signal no. 2 has been issued.
When is the swimming season in Cebu?
Is there such a thing as a “swimming season” in Cebu? Yes, and it lasts all year!
According to the World Health Organization, water temperature that is safe for swimming should be in the 25.6°C to 30°C range.
Cebu’s average water temperature is at 26-27°C, and may reach a maximum of 29°C. It does not drop below 20°C, so the waters are comfortable and suitable for swimming, diving, snorkeling all year round!
Is the sun harmful? Cebu’s UV Ray Index
Be sure to pack sunscreen with you when you come to Cebu! The island has a yearly average UV index of 12! This falls under “extreme” but don’t worry! As long as you have adequate protection from direct sunlight during the day, you will be all right.
Wear your hats and sunglasses, bring your umbrellas and do not forget to regularly reapply sunscreen! Hydration is also important so drink lots of water.
With Cebu’s UV Ray Index, just being under direct sunlight for 20-30 minutes unprotected will expose you to the risk of getting painful burns!
Dermatologists recommend using sunscreens with an SPF of at least 30, which can block at least 97% of UVB rays. Higher number SPFs can slightly block more, but no amount of SPF can completely block 100% of the sun’s rays. (American Academy of Dermatology Association)
What should I wear when I come to Cebu?
Due to the warm weather, beach goers typically dress light, in short sleeves, shorts or in loose dresses. You may also wear a layer of a clothing with long sleeves of a soft and/or cotton material to help shield your skin from the sun. As mentioned earlier, it is also advisable to wear hats and sunglasses.
Shopping malls, certain restaurants and transportation will not be as warm as being on the beach, so it is advisable to pair a casual outfit with a cardigan so you can be comfortable even in areas with air conditioning.
Be wary of wearing flashy clothes and accessories in crowded areas, as you may be targeted by pickpockets and catcallers.
How do I accurately check the weather?
While modern day smartphones like the iPhone and Android have the pre-installed weather applications on them, it is best to turn to weather forecasts done by sources the locals use, as they are more accurate.
PAGASA, which means “hope”, is the Philippine agency responsible for relaying accurate and timely information about the country’s weather to the locals. The weather is monitored 24/7 and they also provide a 4-day extended weather outlook for several cities. You may also follow their twitter during your trip to stay updated on the weather conditions! For android users, you may even download their app onto your phones.
Windy is a major source of weather information for governments, institutions and individuals in affected areas all over the world, especially during typhoon season. A basic account will give you access to detailed 3 hour forecasts with 3D views. All you need to do is to tap the location on the map or type it in their search bar. You may download their applications onto your iPhone or Android phone as well.
1. December-May is the best time to visit Cebu! Typhoon season (July – October) is not ideal for traveling.
2. The temperature of Cebu waters is perfect for swimming any time of the year.
3. You must always protect yourself from the sun due to the high UV Ray Index of 12!
4. Wear light and loose clothing so it is easier to move around in the Cebu heat.
5. Do not rely on your phone’s pre-installed application when checking the weather.
Feel rejuvenated and stress-free when the warm, sunny days greet you when you visit Cebu!
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