The climate of Macau is subtropical, with very mild winters and hot summers, which are rainy and muggy as well.
Here are the average temperatures.
Macau - Average temperatures
Min (°C)121416202426262625231814
Max (°C)181821252830323230282420
Min (°F)545761687579797977736457
Max (°F)646470778286909086827568

Rainfall is abundant, in fact it is around 2,000 millimeters (81 inches) per year. The rainiest period is from May to August, when the rainfall exceeds 300 mm (12 in) per month, while the least rainy period is from November to January, when the rainfall drops below 50 mm (2 in) per month.
Here is the average precipitation.
Macau - Average precipitation

Winter, from December to February, is very mild, with highs around 18/20 °C (65/68 °F). The sun, which shines roughly half the time in December, gradually becomes less frequent, so that there are more and more days with cloudy skies, fog and drizzle. There may also be windy days. Some days can be pleasantly warm, while in others the temperature can drop to around 10/15 °C (50/59 °F) during the day, and the wind can increase the feeling of cold. Occasionally it can even get cold, with lows around 5 °C (41 °F) and highs around 10 °C (50 °F).

Spring, from March to May, is very mild or pleasantly warm, but the sky is almost always cloudy, in addition in March and April it can be foggy. In March, a cold wind can still blow, with highs around 13/15 °C (55/59 °F), especially in the first half of the month. Starting from mid-March, with the increase in temperature, the first thunderstorms occur. Already in May, the weather is hot and sultry, with highs around 28 °C (83 °F), even though it's less hot than in the summer months; moreover, the rains become significant.

The long summer, from June to September, is hot, humid and rainy, with heavy showers or thunderstorms, although the sun shines on average for a few hours per day. Daytime temperatures are around 30/32 °C (86/90 °F), and the heat is felt because of the moisture coming from the sea. Luckily, there is widespread use of air conditioning; moreover, in the afternoon there is the breeze from the sea. Usually, the heat remains muggy even at night: lows rarely drop below 25 °C (77 °F), but they can also remain around 28/29 °C (82/84 °F). On sunny days, the temperature can reach 35 °C (95 °F). In July, there is often a pause, a period of good weather lasting a week or two.
The probability of typhoons, which bring heavy rains and strong winds for a few days, with the risk of flooding and storm surges, is highest in this season.

In the short autumn, in October and November, the rains become rare and generally not abundant, and the sun is a bit more frequent than in the other seasons. In the first part of October, the heat can still be muggy, but gradually becomes more pleasant; in this month, however, and sometimes even in the first half of November, tropical cyclones can still arrive. In November, the temperature is generally pleasant, with highs around 24 °C (75 °F), but cool and windy days gradually become more likely, and sometimes, in the second part of the month, it can get a bit cold.


The amount of sunshine in Macau is not great all year round, and it's scarce from February to April, when the sky is often overcast. In the rainy season, the sun shines paradoxically more often, since the rains occur in the form of downpours or thunderstorms, which do not last long, so that the sun will shine again soon, except when typhoons hit the area. In autumn, the amount of sunshine remains acceptable or improves slightly, however, cloudy days are possible in this season as well.
Macau - Sunshine

The sea in Macau is warm enough to swim in from April to November, and becomes definitely warm from May to October. In winter, the South China Sea is cool but not cold: it drops to 18.5 °C (65 °F) in February.
Macau - Sea temperature
Temp (°C)191820232728292928262421
Temp (°F)666468738182848482797570

Tropical cyclones

As mentioned earlier, Macau can be hit by typhoons, tropical cyclones of Southeast Asia. Typically, typhoons occur in this area from June to early November, but sometimes they have affected it outside of this period, as happened in April 2008 with Typhoon Neoguri (or Ambo) and in May 2006 with Typhoon Chanchu (or Caloy).

Best Time

It's not easy to find the best time to visit Macau. Winter can be a good period, although in the second part the sky is often cloudy; moreover, it can be windy, and sometimes, though rarely, it can be a little cold. Spring is pleasantly warm, but it's still cloudy, and when the sun becomes a little more frequent, the rains begin as well, then starting from May the air becomes muggy and there is some risk (though still low) of typhoons. In theory, autumn is the best season, but in October a typhoon can still affect this area, while in November there can be the first cool and windy days, and sometimes at the end of the month, it can already be a little cold. All in all, the best times are from mid-March to mid-April, and from mid-October to late November.

What to pack

In winter: bring spring/autumn clothes, a sweatshirt or sweater, a jacket, a raincoat or umbrella, a hat for colder days.
In summer: bring tropics-friendly, lightweight clothing, a light sweatshirt for air-conditioned places, a light raincoat or umbrella.