The Philippines has a hot and humid tropical climate with a wet season (southwest monsoon, or habagat) from May to October and a dry season (northeast monsoon, or amihan) from November to April. The best time to visit the Philippines is during the dry season, although even during the wet season it doesn’t always rain torrentially and days can be hot and sunny, with short, intense downpours at dusk. January and February are the coolest months and good for travelling, while March, April and May are very hot: expect sunshine all day and temperatures to peak at a broiling 36°C. As well as higher humidity, the wet season also brings typhoons, with flights sometimes cancelled and roads impassable. The first typhoon can hit as early as May, although typically it is June or July before the rains really start, with July and August the wettest months. The southern Visayas and Palawan are less prone to this danger, and Mindanao sees less rain during the wet season.

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