Macau
China
Long-term weather forecast
Long-term weather forecast

Monthly weather forecast and Climate
Macau, China

Full view of the Grand Lisboa and the general skyline of Macau, China at dusk
Full view of the Grand Lisboa and the general skyline of Macau, China at dusk
Macau exhibits a humid subtropical type of climate (Köppen climate classification Cwa) with hot and humid summers and cold and dry winters. It is a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China with territorial autonomy, which lies on China's southern coast on the west side of the Pearl River estuary in East Asia.
Macau's location in the tropical latitudes, slightly south of the Tropic of Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere, the monsoon, and its nearness to large bodies of water, dramatically affects its climate.

Macau, the most densely populated region in the world, consists of the Macau Peninsula, and the Taipa and Coloane islands that are connected by landfill. The terrain is mostly flat apart from some steep hills as the region is devoid of arable land, woodlands, forests or pastures.
Macau has about 25 miles of coastline as land reclamation transformed the original island into a peninsula; its small area of 11.8 square miles sees some of the tallest buildings in the world. With a dense population to support, the climate poses a singular influence on the architecture of the buildings, and the region is home to numerous skyscrapers.

Macau receives an average of 1774 hours of sunshine over the year with an average annual temperature of 72.7°F (22.6°C), and abundant rainfall to the tune of 81" (2057.4mm) throughout the year.

Summers are hot, muggy and damp as average high temperatures rise to 89°F (31.7°C) during the peak month of July with many days above 95°F (35°C). May to August receives up to 80% of the yearly rainfall and is prone to thunderstorms and typhoons.

Winters are mild and dry due to the effect of the Siberian High on East Asia. Average low temperatures are around 54°F (12.2°C) during the coldest month of January, and temperatures rarely drop below 48°F (8.9°C).
Snow and frost are unknown, as Macau is a low altitude coastal region with prominently flat topography.

Spring and autumn are pleasant as the temperatures are comfortable without the heat and wetness of summer.

The monsoon significantly influences the climate during the summer months with high humidity and ample rain. Summers are prone to tropical storms that account for heavy rain, sometimes receiving the monthly rain average in a few days. Macau's low-level coastal location is susceptible to tropical cyclones, which regularly churn the South China Sea. Lack of mountains in the region provides no barriers to the cold winds from the north in winter.

Macau is the gambling capital of the world with many casinos, and the warm weather lacks an extremity of temperatures. The best time to visit Macau is from mid-March to April in the spring and mid-October to November in the autumn when the conditions are better than the rest of the year with average temperatures in a pleasant 61°F (16.1°C) to 82°F (27.8°C) range, and the rain is absent.
Early spring is warm and cloudy while the summer is extremely wet and humid. Autumn is vulnerable to cyclones until early October while the winter, though relatively dry, is sometimes windy and cold.

June to September is very hot and humid and is the worst time to visit Macau. Average high temperatures are around 85°F (29.4°C) with a few of the days even touching 97°F (36.1°C).
Summers are cloudy with heavy rains and a significant number of rainy days. The weather is not oppressive for tourists who intend only to visit the casinos and stay in air-conditioned hotels, but it is unbearable for the majority of the rest.
Tropical cyclones that are active from June to September overshadow the conditions, and it is a time to avoid Macau.

Tropical cyclones pose a regular threat to Macau during the summer months from June to September - typhoons of Southeast Asia sometimes occur beyond this period like the Typhoon Neoguri, which struck in April 2008. Macau is rarely in the eye of the storm, but even the regions in the outer reaches of the storms suffer severe damage to life and property due to the resultant floods and landslides and sometimes experience major landfalls. Gusty winds enforce the suspension of international shipping at the maritime ports due to large sea waves and the threat of shipwrecks.

January is the coldest and driest month in Macau with the average temperatures in a pleasantly mild range of 54°F (12.2°C) to 65°F (18.3°C). Low temperatures rarely drop below 41°F (5°C), as extreme cold is unknown in the region. Weather in January »

February sees average temperatures in a mildly cool 56°F (13.3°C) to 65°F (18.3°C) range. The cloudy skies do not allow the sun to shine for more than 3 hours a day. Weather in February »

March is the start of the short spring season and one of the best times to visit Macau with pleasant weather that hosts average temperatures in the warm 63°F (17.2°C) to 70°F (21.1°C) range. Weather in March »

April is pleasantly warm with the average temperatures in a mild range of 68°F (20°C) to 76°F (24.4°C). It is cloudy and the most humid month of the year at 86%. Weather in April »

May is the end of spring with a rise in temperatures and the first appearance of storms. Average temperatures are in the range of 74°F (23.3°C) to 83°F (28.3°C) while a few days touch a hot 90°F (32.2°C). Weather in May »

June lies in the summer season of Macau and is the wettest month of the year with an abundant 14" (355.6mm) of rain in the space of 18 days. Average temperatures are in the range of a hot 78°F (25.6°C) to 86°F (30°C). Weather in June »

July is the hottest month of the year with the average high temperatures at a hot 89°F (31.7°C). It is a time to avoid Macau as the temperatures often cross 95°F (35°C), with a few days even registering 97°F (36.1°C). Weather in July »

August is a hot summer month with the average temperatures in a high range of 79°F (26.1°C) to 88°F (31.1°C). The lows seldom drop below 75°F (23.9°C) during the night that makes it difficult to wear anything but light sweatshirts and pants. Weather in August »

September clings to the summer heat with the average temperatures in the range of 77°F (25°C) to 88°F (31.1°C). The retreat of the monsoon towards the end of the month lowers the rainfall to a moderate 8.6" (218.4mm). Weather in September »

October lies in the short autumn season, which brings a drop in humidity and cooler temperatures. Average temperatures see a gradual decline to 73°F (22.8°C) to 83°F (28.3°C). Weather in October »

November brings temperate weather to Macau in the average range of 65°F (18.3°C) to 75°F (23.9°C) that is especially suitable for visitors from cold countries. In the absence of humidity and rain, the conditions are pristine. Weather in November »

The gradual drop in temperatures is pleasant with the rain gods on vacation. Average high temperatures are around a warm 68°F (20°C) while average low temperatures drop to a cool 57°F (13.9°C). Weather in December »
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