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 The Tropical Climate

 

 

The Tropical Rainforest Climate 

Because of the geographical  location on the planet, the Philippines  has a "Tropical Rainforest Climate" all over the country. 

The two main characteristics of this climate are: 

  high temperatures 

            high atmospheric humidity

Both the high temperatures and the humidity are the whole year through. In theory rainfall can be expected in every month of the year. 

Rainy season and monsoon

Typhoons

Though some rainfall can be expected in every month, the rainfall differs greatly through the year. 

In the period June - October it's raining cats and dogs!

The influence of the southwest monsoon is  very clear.  

In the period December - May  there is no monsoon anymore. The wind, the "trade wind", is coming from the northeast and brings hardly rainfall.

A third characteristic feature of the climate of the Philippines is the presence of strong typhoons. The Philippines is tortured by typhoons every year. In the whole Western Pacific typhoons occur in the period June - November.

Monsoons and "trade winds"

The monsoon is a very rainy  wind coming from the southwest. The "trade wind", coming from the northeast, is dominating in the period December -May. It's a rather 'dry' wind and brings hardly any rainfall. 

 

Regional differences in precipitation and temperature

Climate figures for cities  in the Philippines

Cities

Average temperatures in C

Average precipitation in cm

January

July

 January

July

year

Manila, Luzon

26

27

 2

40

197

Tacloban, Leyte

26

27

28

16

238

Tagbilaran, Bohol

26

28

12

13

143

Source: WeatherbaseSM 

 

 

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