South-eastern Asia Weather Overview
South East Asia consists countries east of India, south of China and north of Australia. The region is home to rainforests, deserted islands, white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters; visitors flock here searching for their own piece of tropical paradise.
In geographical terms, there are two main regions of south east Asia; mainland South East Asia, consisting of Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Malaysia; and maritime South East Asia that is made up of the islands and archipelagos of Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines and East Timor. The two regions have fairly similar climates though there are some definite differences.
tropical climate prevails across
The weather is typically hot and humid year round. Rainfall is seasonal and can be incredibly heavy. The rain usually falls in short sharp bursts; even in rainy season you can still enjoy many hours of sunshine.
never gets cold in this part of the world, although the hilly northern reaches
of the region can see chilly winter nights. The mountainous far north of Burma is an
exception; it is the only area in south
the northern half of the mainland – namely Vietnam, Cambodia,
Laos, Burma and
northern and central Thailand
– there are 3 main seasons in the year: cool and dry from November to
February, hot and dry from March to May, and hot and rainy from
June to October. You can find a detailed weather overview of
southern half of the mainland, the peninsula that stretches down from just
south of Bangkok
A few major weather phenomenons can threaten this part of the world. The most common comes from flooding and landslides after prolonged heavy rain. There was terrible flooding in Burma after a severe cyclone in May 2008. Disastrous weather events such as this are becoming more common with the progress of global warming.
Oceanic South East Asia consists of Singapore and island countries of Indonesia, the Philippines, East Timor and Borneo which encompasses Kalimantan (part of Indonesia), Sabah and Sarawak (both part of Malaysia) and the tiny country of Brunei.
There is generally a two season climate here, wet and dry, dictated by the northeast monsoon from October to April and the southwest monsoon from May to October. Again, temperatures are hot year round averaging from the low 20s to the low 30s and seeing less seasonal fluctuation than the mainland areas.
Rainfall is high across the region but varies greatly in terms if volume and when it arrives depending on location.
encompasses a vast area with a very varied geography and climate. The wet
season arrives first in northern Sumatra, usually around September, but the
rains don’t hit the
also receives its wet season at the opposite time. In the capital Manila the rains
arrive in June and leave in October. The
of the islands making up Oceanic South East Asia are very mountainous and these
can have a strong effect on climate. The highest mountain in the region is the
5050m Puncak Jaya in Irian Jaya, the most easterly outpost of