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When is the best time to visit Macao?

Macao's climate

Macao sits within a subtropical region on the northern edge of the tropics with its climate strongly influenced by the weather systems and pressure fronts of mainland China. Daytime temperatures average a very pleasant 23 degrees Celsius in Macao with hot humid summers and mild winters.

It experiences a monsoon season from July to September when warm sunny spells are peppered with heavy downpours. The heat and humidity is at its maximum on the cusp of monsoon season in July when temperatures average 29 degrees Celsius.

As the monsoon dissipates in October and autumn arrives, the weather stays warm and sunny until December. Winter in Macao is much cooler and clearer than in high summer with little rainfall, but even in the coldest month of January the average temperature is a mild 14-15 degrees.

The best time to visit

Weather-wise, the most pleasant time of year to visit Macao is from October to December when the monsoon season has passed and the weather is balmy but dry. January and February may be too cool for sunbathing but with little rain and temperatures hovering around 15 degrees Celsius, it's still a great time of year for outdoor sightseeing.

Macao begins to get warmer again in March and the heat and humidity slowly builds through April and May, when it's the ideal time to lounge in the sun, by the hotel pool or take a dip in the sea around Coloane island. As high summer approaches and the typhoon stirs, frequent showers can interrupt outdoor activities.

However, if you are visiting Macao for a fun-filled break of fabulous casinos, cabaret shows and luxury shopping, the weather outside will barely matter at all and you can luxuriate in the region's host of modern perfect climate-controlled indoor environments.

Festivals and events

Macau's spectacular annual festivals and events perfectly capture the unique artistic cultural flavour of the place. There can't be many spots in the world where you can experience a traditional Catholic procession, a Dragon Boat race and a Grand Prix.

Art and culture lovers can time a trip to Macao to coincide with the wonderful Dragon Boat Festival in May/June that centres on the dragon boat races held on Nam Van Lake. Alternatively, the early summer Arts Festival features local and international live music and performing arts including Cantonese opera with some events taking place in and around Macau's heritage sites.

One of the most spectacular times of year to visit Macao is during the International Fireworks Display Contest that lights up the night sky around Macau Tower for a few weeks in September/ October. Foodies should visit in November to enjoy the culinary delights of Macao Food Festival centring round a rotunda opposite Macao Tower.

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