Tainan City, Taiwan’s cultural capital located in the Southern region, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. With its numerous interesting temples, famous hot springs, night markets and tasty snack foods, Tainan is easily the best place you could go to while you’re in Taiwan. You don’t have to worry about the weather too. The Tainan weather is as friendly as its locals are proud of its heritage.
Indeed, compared to Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, Tainan’s weather is by far more pleasant. It is often cooler in Tainan even during the summer months and it has more sunny days than the Northern part of the country. In fact, you’re less likely to experience extremely hot summers or bitingly cold winters in Tainan. And with a subtropical climate, Tainan is only moderately hot and humid with few rain showers distributed throughout the year and heavy rainfalls during the rainy season.
The average year-round temperature is 23 degrees Celsius. In summer, the average temperature is 28 degrees Celsius, and 17 degrees Celsius in winter.
So, there are basically two seasons in Tainan: the hot dry season that comes in November until March, and the cold wet season that falls in May until October. There are also two monsoon winds that affect Tainan weather: the Northeast Monsoon (October to March) and the Southwest Monsoon (May to September). Tainan is typically more affected by the Southwest Monsoon which means that typhoons usually hit Tainan around May until September. The average number of typhoons that the whole country gets in a year is three to five. Usually, some parts of the country are also more affected than the others.
Throughout the rainy season, you may also expect rain showers that typically fall in later afternoons or early evenings. The rest of the time, you may observe clear, blue skies that are perfect for any outdoor activities.
During hot dry season, the weather is also affected by the high level of humidity in the air. Expect Tainan weather to be uncomfortably hot when humidity level rises up to 80%, the average highest humidity level during summer. So, even when the temperature isn’t high, it may sometimes feel hot because of the humidity.
If you can acclimatize well, you won’t have any problem with the heat and this makes visiting any time of the year perfect for you. If you have doubts however as to how hot it can be in Tainan and the whole country, and if you would be able to handle it, the best time to visit is during the months of October or November to December when the heat has yet to build up and the typhoons have finished coming. Nonetheless, if you’re going to ask a local, a frequent or a regular visitor of Tainan, or an expatriate who’s been living in the city for years, they’re apt to tell you that visiting Tainan any other time is just as fine.
Still, it’s best to keep in mind that Tainan weather, just as weather in any part of the world, can be temperamental, so always expect the unexpected and hope for the best!