Similar to other South East Asian countries, the Hualien City of Taiwan has a subtropical climate all year round. For those who prefer to feel the heat of the sun, weather in Hualien can be amazing. But despite so, Hualien is blessed in terms of weather in more ways than just its heat and humidity.
Taiwan is a relatively small island that experiences constant ocean breezes that cool the entire country down. This means that Taiwan rarely feels too hot especially in the coastal areas such as Hualien. The average temperature of the country for the entire year is at 22 degrees Celsius. The typical humid climate of Hualien then helps in the development of various kinds of floras and faunas in the island.
Aside from the cool breeze, the island is also cooled down by the rains. Rains in Taiwan are mostly short-lived as blue skies prevail most days in the island. It rains about 2,500 mm per year with most of the rains occurring during typhoon seasons. The typhoon season tends to hit the country during the late summer to mid-autumn season and usually strikes hard on the east coast of Taiwan, Hualien included. At least three to four typhoons hit the county each year. Although such typhoons help the island’s water supply, they are also responsible for the damage, flood and landslides experienced by the island.
Taiwan has no distinct seasons but the weather can still be characterized and divided according to weather conditions typical of the seasons. The months of September to November are a good time to visit Hualien as conditions tend to be warm and dry. Prices for tourists tend to be lower with air pollution to a minimum. By October to November during the short Winter season of Hualien, the weather can get fairly cold, especially with the nice ocean breeze that cools the city. Although there are places in Taiwan that do get cold, Hualien is not one of them. Despite needing to leave your winter coat at home when visiting Hualien, it is however advised to bring an umbrella instead.
The months of March to May, which can be characterized as Spring, are fairly unpredictable as one day can be a clear and dry day while the next can be seen as wet and grey. Similar to most tourist destinations, the summer season, which is from June to August in Hualien is another good time to visit. Outdoor activities are ideal during this time but typhoons can occasionally hit the island during these months as well.
Although the Autumn season, which holds the months from September to November, is the best season to visit the island, always be prepared to face regular showers and thunderstorms regardless of the date of your visit. You may not be faced with typhoons but you may experience continuous drizzling rains instead. It may be wise to keep an eye on weather reports as Hualien being a coastal city may be subject to roaring waves, making it not a pretty scene. The weather in Hualien is basically characterized as wet and damp, so make sure to prepare your clothes and gear accordingly.