Duration of Bali’s rainy season.

Bali’s rainy season occurs between October and April. However, it doesn’t mean that the rest of the year is more bearable for European people. Let’s start from the beginning. Despite having two distant tropical seasons the weather in Bali doesn’t change much during the year. Both air and water temperatures remain more or less the same. Average air temperature fluctuates between 26 and 33 Celsius. The only factor that changes is humidity level. High humidity can be expected during the wet season, the lowest level occurs between May and September.

Rainfall in Bali

The most rain is recorded between December and January. Apart from being very wet January is the coldest month of the year. The temperature averages around 26 Celsius. However, visiting Bali on Christmas time is not such a dreadful idea. The time spent on Bali then can be unforgettable and definitely unique. It can be really superb. First of all during this period the number of native inhabitants on Bali exceeds a number of tourists, who are even afraid of the term ‘wet season’. The truth is that fear makes things look twice as bad as they are. Actually rainfall varies widely by that time. Sometimes it rains cats and dogs and sometimes there is not a single rain drop falling from the sky. Abundant rainfall doesn’t last long but can easily transformed the streets into impetuous streams that hurtle down the valley. At that time staying at a hotel is the best solution as there is no point in going out unless somebody wants to have a natural shower, straight from the heaven’s door.  However a trip to Bali is still possible.

Why Bali’s rainy season is changing?

It’s commonly known that everything has its beginning and its end, even the most powerful downpour finishes. After all peace and silence rule the day. The sky is blue, there is no single cloud, the sun shines. Outdoor activities climb back into grace and the whole day can pass wandering around and marveling the unique atmosphere of Balinese villages and towns.

Global warming affected many occurrences such as increase of waters of seas and oceans. Once it was easy to tell the beginning and ending of the wet season. Nowadays it is much more complicated, as the rainy season has changed in its length. Average number of rainy days in monsoon season oscillates between 10 to 16 days in a month time. Rainfall intensity depends on a region. The least rain arises in coastal area, the deeper inland, the closer to the mountains the rainfall redoubles.

Bali’s rainy season and landform

The recorded average of yearly rainfall, in rainy season, l is the highest in mountain area, about 3000 mm, southern coast reports average about 2000 mm and the evidences of northern coast tell about 1000 mm. The north of the island is protected by high mountains hence moderate rainfall. Even during the wet season vacation can be spent on the marvelous beaches where the sun operates, the sky is blue and the sand is so smooth and delicate. That unforgettable time passing in a real paradise can be disrupted only by a short periods of rainfall.

In October rain is minimal but humidity level does rise as the month progresses. November is usually characterized by on and off rain. Humidity level reaches about 80 per cent. February in Bali is bit drier than January but frequent rainfall still occurs. It is both hot and humid. There is clearly less frequent rain in March but the sky remains often cloudy. The trip to Bali is a good idea then.

Bali’s dry season

Dry season greatly reduces humidity levels. It can lower up to 50-60 per cent. Days become clearer and heat is on the rise. The sun becomes stronger and it seems as if it wanted to burn down every single living creature. Having proper clothes and UV filters protects us from the sun, of course, using some common sense is also required to prevent us from all kind of inconveniences.

Bali’s rainy season against a trip to Bali

Buying a raincoat right on arrival at the airport is highly recommended. Than rainy season in Bali won’t be terrible. Indonesian raincoats are made of stiff oilskin, they are inconvenient and heavy but they do their job.

Having a UV filters and Indonesian raincoat in rucksack we can easily and safely spend our holiday in Bali during the wet season enjoying every single moment at the swimming pool or at the seaside. Being prepared like that you don’t have to be scared of any sort of weather. Moreover having packed hopefulness and serenity the best vacation ever is guaranteed. Out trip to Bali will be marvelous. Bali knows how to relax its guests, it is a perfect place for gathering power and energy for the rest of the year. Regardless the season.

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