Summer in the Philippines is finally here! At least that’s what the country’s official weather bureau confirmed last Monday, March 20, 2023.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) confirmed with Cebu media that the country’s dry season is fast approaching.
Jhomer Eclarino, a weather specialist from PAGASA-Mactan announced that the Northeastern Monsoon (locally known as the Amihan) is expected to leave the country within the week.
Amihan leaving the Philippine Area of Responsibility marks the start of the country’s dry season, which is also considered the country’s summertime.
On Monday, Eclarino confirmed that the monsoon continued to affect parts of northern Luzon, while Cebu and the rest of the Visayas and Mindanao regions will have generally fair weather.
However, he also mentioned that light rain showers and thunderstorms can still occur. Residents are encouraged to monitor weather advisories for possible heavy rainfall.
SUMMER IN THE PHILIPPINES
Summer in the Philippines typically starts in March and ends around May or June. The weather is usually humid with barely any cancellation or delay of trips due to tropical storms.
The humid weather makes it the perfect time to go to the beach and experience the country’s islands. Beach resorts are typically fully booked, with travelers and locals making the most out of their summer vacation.
It’s also the most convenient time to travel around the different cities and tourist spots since there is less traffic due to schools being on a two-month summer break.
You can expect many shopping malls and business centers offering discounts and sales for the summer to welcome more customers.
In April, the country celebrates Holy Week, which is also a popular time for Cebuanos to go back to their hometowns in the province. You can expect fewer people around the streets during this time.
Note that terminals can be full of passengers in the days leading up to the weekend, so it might not be the most convenient time to travel to more far-flung locations. Also, most businesses and establishments will be closed during Good Friday.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT DURING SUMMER IN CEBU?
Cebu in particular has been one of the Philippines’ top summer destinations because of its many beautiful beach resorts, which have been staples of the tourism industry in the Philippines.
There are many towns and cities famous for the beaches that locals and foreigners frequent. Mactan is particularly famous for its dazzling remote islands that have become hosts for island hopping.
Cebu province is also home to secluded resorts like Hermit’s Cove and Hidden Beach in the southwestern town of Aloguinsan.
It may take a few hours to get to these places, but the serenity and exclusivity it provides will make the trip worth it.
If you want to experience island life, consider going to the islands of Bantayan, Camotes, or Malapascua, which have some of the most beautiful beach fronts in the country.