The Philippines

Climate

The Philippines lies totally within the northern tropics. Climate of the Philippines is either tropical rainforest, tropical savanna tropical monsoon, or humid subtropical (in higher-altitude areas) characterized by relatively high temperature, oppressive humidity and plenty of rainfall.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) describes the climatic seasons as simply “wet” or “dry” but very quickly adds more descriptive detail. Full reports on the weather at any place in the country plus the tracking of typhoons/cyclones/hurricanes which are frequent phenomena can be found at the PAGASA site. The country sits astride the Pacific cyclone belt and can expect up to twenty storms of varying intensity in any year. The previously mentioned “Lonely Planet” specifies the low, shoulder and high seasons for tourists visiting the Philippines. These periods are June - September, May & November and December - April respectively. In general climatic variations in the country result from differences in altitude. Baguio City and Tagaytay are the two best known “cool” areas of the country. Comprehensive images of the climate give a pictorial and statistical picture of the weather than may be experienced in the Philippines.

Fuller details of the climate an be seen via the links at the "Resources" tab of this site and in the book "How to Retire in the Philippines" by Les Johns. The book can be purchased at this site.

Time

Natural or Sun time is a function of the earth’s rotation on its axis. As the earth turns from west to east so the Sun rises later in locations west of any given location. Amanda Briney describes the relationship between longitude and time in more detail than is needed here. There are a number of web sites that allow a display of time at various places around the world.

The Philippines is a small country and it does not spread across many degrees of longitude. The precise location of the country is demonstrated on the “Maps of World” site. The whole country is in the same time zone. Daylight saving is not observed in the Philippines although it has so been for short periods in the past in order to mitigate pressure on power supplies. A useful facility for keeping track of time can be found at the WorldTimeServer.com site and another site provides time information on a more country specific basis. However, the World Clock remains a "standard" in this field of information. The name of a particular Philippine city can be entered in the search rubric although this will simply confirm that there are no time zones across the country.

The links at the "Resources" tab on this site and the book "How to Retire in the Philippines" by Les Johns dicusses the "time" subject in more detail. The book can be obtained from this site.