Seasons in Macau

Macau is located on border of tropical and subtropical climatic zones. However due to its small territory climate is considered as maritime subtropical with cool winter and warm rainy summer. Winter average is 12 °C (54 °F) yet actual daytime temperature is higher. It is about 15 °C (59 °F). Cold winds common in eastern part of China rarely reach Macau thus seasonal shifts of temperature are smooth.

Summer average is about 26 °C (79 °F) and at July, the warmest month, air warms up to 29 °C (84 °F). Annual amount of precipitation is about 1800 mm (71”) with peak at summer. It rains mostly at daytime. Air humidity is high through whole year and at summer it reaches its’ peak. Oceanic winds may turn to storms at any time of a year. In addition there are occasional typhoons driven from South China Sea.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Macau

Usually spring Macau is warm and foggy because of gradually increasing humidity. Occasionally there are sunny days with warmer nights. At March temperature hovers between 20 and 15 °C (68 and 59 °F). At April actual warmth comes to the country. Averages are hovering between 20 and 25 °C (68-77 °F) and it is rainy with occasional morning fogs.

In terms of weather May is actual summer month. Averages are reaching range of 23-28 °C (73-82 °F) which feels hot due to high humidity. Rains are accompanied by thunder and lightning however fogs are less often. Light jacket or sweater is needed due to nighttime coolness.

The climate of the spring months

March
Max average t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Min average t°: +15.5 °C (60 °F)
Water t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 34 mm (1.3")
April
Max average t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Min average t°: +19 °C (67 °F)
Water t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 51 mm (2.0")
May
Max average t°: +29 °C (85 °F)
Min average t°: +23 °C (74 °F)
Water t°: +26 °C (79 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 129 mm (5.1")

Spring holidays

Easter celebrations with variable dates at March-April.

April 5 (April 4 in leap years) – Ching Ming Festival.

May 1 – Labour Day.

Summer in Macau

Summer is hot and rainy. At June average thermometer readings are 25 to 30 °C (77-86 °F) and air humidity increases. In addition typhoons and thunderstorms are frequent at this time. Regarding high probability of those it is better to schedule visit on another time. Or at least carefully follow weather forecasts.

At July temperature reaches its peak. Averages are at 31 °C (88 °F) however weather isn’t as hot as it may seem. Rains and humidity decreased. In addition cool sea winds are easing heat. Air temperature at August is same, rains are still falling yet their frequency and intensity gradually decreases.

The climate of the summer months

June
Max average t°: +31 °C (88 °F)
Min average t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Water t°: +28.5 °C (83 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 157 mm (6.2")
July
Max average t°: +32 °C (90 °F)
Min average t°: +25.5 °C (78 °F)
Water t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 11 days
Precipitation: 165 mm (6.5")
August
Max average t°: +32 °C (89 °F)
Min average t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Water t°: +29.5 °C (85 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 176 mm (6.9")


Summer holidays

1 June – children's day;

1 July – the Day of the founding of the Communist party of China;

1 August – Foundation Day of the national liberation army of China;

8 August – Father's Day.

Autumn in Macau

With coming of autumn amount of precipitation and probability of typhoons significantly decreases. Average temperatures drop by few degrees thus overall weather state becomes more comfortable due to winds from the sea and tolerable humidity. At October weather becomes even better when daily temperature goes to range between 22 and 27 °C (72-81 °F). On the other hand nights become windy and cool.

At November there’s another stage of cooling. Daily temperature is in the range of 17-23 °C (63-73 °F). Amount of precipitation is way smaller than at rainy season. Northern cyclone brings cooler drier air and pleasant winds.

The climate of the autumn months

September
Max average t°: +31 °C (87 °F)
Min average t°: +24 °C (76 °F)
Water t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 130 mm (5.1")
October
Max average t°: +28 °C (83 °F)
Min average t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Water t°: +27 °C (81 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 87 mm (3.4")
November
Max average t°: +24 °C (76 °F)
Min average t°: +17 °C (63 °F)
Water t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 38 mm (1.5")

Autumn holidays

October 1 – National Day.

October 2 – Day following the National Day of the People's Republic of China.

November 2 – All Souls Day.

Winter in Macau

December is the driest month of a year. Rains are rare at this month. Daytime averages are 13-19 °C with significant cooling at nights. January is rather cool month with about 15 °C and it is usually dry. There are chilly winds which may blow for several days in a row. Thus appropriate layering allows enjoying walks for sun is rather warm. Time between January and March is the sunniest part of a year.

Weather of February is similar to previous month except air is bit warmer with 18 °C. Drops below 0 °C are occurring however they are rare. Winds are as frequent but sometimes stronger and colder.

The climate of the winter months

December
Max average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Min average t°: +13 °C (56 °F)
Water t°: +19.5 °C (67 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6.5 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 20 mm (0.8")
January
Max average t°: +18.5 °C (65 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (53 °F)
Water t°: +18 °C (64 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 33 mm (1.3")
February
Max average t°: +18.5 °C (65 °F)
Min average t°: +12.5 °C (54 °F)
Water t°: +18 °C (64 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5.5 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 17 mm (0.7")

Winter holidays

December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
December 20 – Macau Special Administrative Region Establishment Day.
December 21 or 22 – Winter solstice.
December 24 – Christmas Eve.
December 25 – Christmas Day.
December 31 – New Year's Eve.

January 1 – New Year's Day.

Concerning holidays in Macau

Macau is special administrative region of China thus public celebrations are in common with the country. Dates of many of them are assigned according to Chinese lunar calendar hence their dates in Georgian calendar vary from year to year.

Last day of last year (Lunar) ‑ Chinese New Year's Eve.

1st day of 1st month (Lunar) ‑ Chinese New Year's Day.

2nd day of 1st month (Lunar) ‑ Second day of Chinese New Year's Day.

3rd day of 1st month (Lunar) ‑ Third day of Chinese New Year's Day.

8th day of 4th month (Lunar) ‑ Buddha's Birthday.

5th day of 5th month (Lunar) ‑ Tuen Ng Festival (Dragon Boat Festival).

16th day of 8th month (Lunar) – Day following the Mid-Autumn Festival.

9th day of 9th moon (Lunar) – Chung Yeung Festival.