Climate in Southeast Asia

Climate in Southeast Asia
If your next outdoor adventure includes exploring the islands and countries of Southeast Asia, be prepared to deal with an extreme climate. Southeast Asia is known for its intense heat and oppressive humidity, as well as an abundance of rainfall.


Portions of Southeast Asia straddle the equator. In these, there is little variation in temperature throughout the year as well as no discernible seasons. The farther you travel from the equator, the more you'll experience seasonal variations such as a rainy summer.


For the most part, the Southeast Asian climate is characterized by extreme heat and humidity. In the mountainous regions to the north, the climate tends to be a bit milder, with less rainfall.


The benefit of all the rain and warm temperatures throughout the year in Southeast Asia is the abundance of vegetation and plant life. For example, the rainforests contain overs 200 species of trees as well as bamboo that grows between 40 and 80 feet in height.

Fun Facts

The average daily temperature in Southeast Asia is 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The average humidity is between 70 and 90 percent, and the average rainfall per year is between 60 and 100 inches.


If you plan to travel to Southeast Asia from June to September, be prepared to have to deal with monsoon winds in areas such as Burma, Thailand, Indo-China and the northern Philippines. Monsoon winds are often accompanied by typhoons which are similar to hurricanes.

Article Written By Chris Joseph

Chris Joseph writes for newspapers and online publications, covering business, technology, health, fitness and sports. He holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from York College of Pennsylvania.

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