The weather in Taoyuan can be quite unpredictable and chaotic, which is the primary reason why serious travel planning should be taken into account. The general weather of Taoyuan County is caused by the warm ocean currents surrounding the main island as well as the subtropical monsoon climate that is evidently influenced by the region’s topography. On this note, it is best to know important guidelines on the best time to visit and the overall general weather for every season.
Similar to Taipei, the weather in Taoyuan is humid subtropical with nearly 89% humidity level on almost every month and typhoon activity from the vast coast of South China Sea. The volume of annual rainfall pours down on the region from May to October, with the month of September experiencing the worst with more than 360 mm in total. Torrential rain may be a good reason to avoid the scorching heat in summer, but on the other hand, Taoyuan and other adjacent cities in the north (i.e Taipei) become exceedingly hot all throughout the wet season, with average temperatures ranging from 24 degree Celsius (76°F) to 34 degrees Celsius (94°F).
Summer in Taoyuan is hot and humid with temperature hitting 25 degrees to 33 degrees Celsius. This often occurs from June to August. Autumn follows from September until November with average temperature of 21 to 28 degree Celsius. Fortunately, the winter season is often short and not too harsh with the lowest average temperature declining at nearly 10 degrees Celsius. In Taoyuan, winter often starts from December to February with an average temperature range of 14 to 20 degree Celsius. After which, spring follows from March to May, with an average temperature ranging from 19 to 26 degree Celsius.
Susceptible to weather changes and even typhoons, the months April to September are also known as the monsoon season with the most number of tropical storms happening from August to September.
Perhaps the best time to visit Taoyuan would be in the late fall months fas it is this season that experiences the lowest rainfall until winter, particularly during November or March. When the harsh weather tapers off, Taoyuan County is calm and comfortable. From December until March, travelers and visitors can anticipate little rainfall, with average temperature range of 14 degree Celsius (57°F) to 21 degree Celsius (69°F). In addition, snow falls only on mountains. Except for higher mountain areas, the average monthly temperature during winter is a little over 15 degree Celsius.
Taoyuan County not only boasts a rich aboriginal culture, the scenic wonders and marvelous natural attraction like the lakes, mountains, flower gardens, forest park and other scenic areas makes it even more popular and different from other regions in Taiwan. When getting around the county, prepare yourself for a good amount of sun exposure. Do not forget to apply sunblock whenever you go out from the hotel. Always wear appropriate clothing especially when hiking through the mountains and natural parks. Oftentimes, the weather in Taoyuan is unpredictable, so better bring an umbrella wherever you go.