Published: March 21, 2010
The country is near the equator and this gives it a tropical climate characterized by relatively high temperature, high humidity, and abundant rainfalls. The Philippine Climate is one of the most healthful in the world, similar in some ways to the climate of the countries in Central America.
The climate in the western and more populated half of the Philippines has three distinct seasons;
- Rainy Season – extend from June to November
- Cool-Dry Season – from December to February
- Hot-Dry Season – from March to May
May is normally the warmest month, while January is the coldest. During the months of January and February, the days are mild and cool with refreshingly chilly evenings. These seasons fall in other months in the eastern half of the country.
There is plenty of sunshine all year round in the Philippines. The distribution of rainfall is affected by the wind systems and the topography of each region. The country is occasionally lashed by many a severe typhoon–from the Chinese word tai-fung, ‘great wind’–mostly coming from the Pacific.