Climate & Weather in Indonesia

Climate & Weather in Indonesia

Visitors to countries in Indonesia, should learn the weather patterns before planning a trip to these beautiful exotic lands. Flights to the other side of the world are expensive and if you want to enjoy the sunny beaches and soft breezes, you want to be certain you're traveling at a good time to take full advantage of the money spent. Nothing is worse for a traveler than spending two water-logged weeks in a hot climate.

Indonesia is situated close the equator. The lands and beaches are tropical, but Indonesia has both a dry season and a rainy season. The best time to come is during the dry season which lasts from June to September. The rainy season usually runs heavily from December to March. In between these months, visitors can enjoy balanced weather pattern - sunny with the occasional shower.

This part of the world is hot and humid most of the time, with average temperatures ranging from 21 degrees Celsius to 33 degrees Celsius and average humidity from 60% to 100% during the rainy season. Mountains regions of Indonesia may be a little cooler.

The Weather in Western Indonesian Countries

Visit the western countries of Indonesia from June to September. Explore the exotic lands of Jakarta, Java, Sumatra or Central Kalimantan in this dry season. You'll have a more enjoyable trip. Countries in western Indonesia experiences more rainfall than countries in other parts of the region, so choose your travel time wisely and enjoy it to the fullest.

The Weather in Bali and Other Central Countries

Travel to Bali, East Timor, Lombok, Kalimantan and Sulawesi from April to October. These months have only occasional showers. It's mountainous and although most days will be pleasant, expect overcast days as well. The temperatures are comfortable, ranging from 26 degrees Celsius to 29 degrees Celsius. Due to its tropical location, daylight in this part of the world lasts for 12 hours every day of the year. Lombok and Bali are somewhat drier even in the rainy season, so these areas may be good options year round.

Eastern Indonesia Weather Patterns

If you're planning a visit to the exotic lands of Maluka and Iryan Jaya, it's best to go during the dry season months from May to October. In these months there is low rainfall with temperatures ranging from a comfortable 23 degrees Celsius to 28 degrees Celsius. The naturalist interested in birds, and flora and fauna, will find lots to explore in any season. And if visiting during the rainy season, you may find flights and hotel costs a little cheaper.

When to Visit Indonesia

While the dry season is the best time to visit the exotic lands of Indonesia, don't shy from the rainy season either, especially if costs are an issue. It rains a lot, but it doesn't mean it will rain every day. However, the expense can be great regardless of when you travel or where you're traveling from. Weather is unpredictable, but the dry season from May to October is generally just that – dry, and with comfortable temperatures. Visitors can enjoy the beaches as well as all the local culture this region of the world has to offer.

Clothing for an Indonesian Visit

The temperatures in Indonesia are generally comfortable and consistent throughout the year – hot and humid. Bring clothing that will keep you cool made of light-coloured cottons and a day or two after you arrive you may find yourself purchasing a local sarong. When the skies become overcast, keep rain wear close. Purchase a light fold-up raincoat be for you arrive, something small enough to carry in a pouch in your bag. This is essential gear if traveling in the south during monsoon season. Ensure you have a lightweight jacket for cooler nights.