Bali is just 8 degrees south of the equator and enjoys a warm, tropical climate all year round, with an average temperature of 30°C and typical humidity of 85%. The weather in Bali is always hot, it’s just a matter of how hot.
This popular island in Indonesia is well known for its vibrant ecosystem that supports thousands of animal and plant species. The pay-off for this is of course rain. The weather in Bali can certainly be wet at times, with the monsoon season typically running from November to March. You can expect more downpours from December onwards.
Most visitors aim to travel in the dry season, between April and October, and if you do the same, you should enjoy a good proportion of dry days. Outside of the monsoon period, rain is fairly unlikely in lowland areas. Bali’s peak season in terms of the number of visitors is July and August, so you may want to think about travelling between April and May, before the high season starts, or in September after it ends, to avoid the crowds while still dodging the monsoon period.
Being in the southern hemisphere, you’ll find that the seasons are the opposite way around to what you’re used to in the UK. Although the temperature doesn’t fluctuate much, this will affect the number of daylight hours you can enjoy when visiting Bali.
July and August is actually Bali’s winter, with just six hours of sunshine, while summer is from January to March, with nine sunshine hours a day. July and August are also the driest months averaging just 40mm of rainfall. You’ll love the refreshing sea breeze that comes as evening falls, making temperatures drop and cooling things down just enough to keep you comfortable.
Sea temperatures are pretty much constant throughout the year in Bali, so you can go scuba diving, shore swimming, snorkelling and even paddling with your little ones any time of the year. You’ll love the 29°C temperature around your toes in January and February, while July and August are still deliciously warm, dropping only a couple of degrees.
On land, temperatures are similarly reliable, with highs of 32°C in April, falling no lower than a pleasantly warm 22°C in June to September. So if you don’t mind the rain, any time is the right time to take in Bali’s sights. Whether you’re hiking to ancient temples or seeking out the rice terraces, the island will certainly deliver a warm welcome. But if you’re a beach lover, stick to the dry season.