Best Time to Visit Taipei, Taiwan: When to Go & Weather Guide

When planning a trip to Taipei, nothing deserves your attention more than sorting out the best time to visit Taipei.

Taipei doesn’t have gigantic four-season temperature swings like other top world travel destinations. But that doesn’t mean you should choose when to go to Taipei willy-nilly.

The weather in Taipei can be extreme. And not planning right can quickly turn an otherwise well-intentioned travel plan sour.

Not sure when to visit Taipei? Plan your trip with this complete Taipei weather guide. We’ve included ideas for the best month to travel to Taipei and what to expect & what to wear in Taipei by season & month.

When to go to Taipei: A weather overview

Searching out the best time to visit Taipei isn’t much like finding the best time to visit Taiwan in general. Taipei is located in Taiwan’s sub-tropical zone. There’s more variation in average temperatures here than in tropical Southern Taiwan.

Even so, extreme temperatures in Taipei, much like nearby Hong Kong or Macau, push in one direction: hot. Cold is rarely a concern here. Most of the year falls between pleasantly mild and unpleasantly hot & sticky.

Then again, the temperature isn’t the problem in Taipei.

Cloudy Weather

Throughout the year, Taipei gets hammered with rain. And, if the season is (not-so) right, a couple nasty typhoons. You’d do best to avoid these. (Unless extreme storm-chasing gets your heart pumping!)

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Seasons in Taipei

Spring

When is spring in Taipei?

Spring in Taipei is from March until May.

What to expect in spring

Warm average temperatures between 18ºC (64ºF) and 24ºC (75ºF). Average lows hover between 15ºC (59ºF) and 21ºC (70ºF). Average highs are between 20ºC (68ºF) and 26ºC (79ºF).

Cherry Blossoms at Tianyuan Palace

Coming out of winter, rainfall picks up as spring trots along. By the end of May, wet season is officially upon you. If you’re planning to visit Taipei in spring, try to make it before then.

Spring also marks the tail-end of the cherry blossoms around Taipei. To catch them in March, venture into Yangmingshan National Park and Tianyuan Temple. (And cross your fingers.)

What to wear in spring

Towards the beginning of spring, a light jacket or light sweater should be enough to keep you comfortable. Wearing layers is a good idea for spring in Taiwan. You’ll also want to keep a good travel umbrella and a lightweight rain jacket handy.

Summer

When is summer in Taipei?

Summer in Taipei is from June until August.

What to expect in summer

During summer, Taipei gets extremely hot and humid. Average temperatures are between 27ºC (81ºF) to 30ºC (86ºF), the hottest month being July. Average summertime lows move between 24ºC (75ºF) and 26ºC (79ºF). Highs peak between 30ºC (86ºF) and 33ºC (91ºF).

Evening

In summer, getting drenched is a real possibility. Expect between 160mm and 230mm of rainfall each month. Even with the humidity, June to August is one of Taipei’s high tourist seasons. Finding a good place to stay in Taipei can be a challenge without advance bookings.

What to wear in summer

Add an umbrella and waterproof clothing to your Taiwan packing list. Include a breathable lightweight waterproof jacket, too. You’ll be most comfortable walking around the city in shorts and a T-shirt. The extreme heat can be killer in summer!

Autumn

When is autumn in Taipei?

Autumn in Taipei is from September until November.

What to expect in autumn

In autumn, you’ll finally begin to get respite from the heat and humidity of Taipei. Average temperatures fall between 21ºC (70ºF) and 27ºC (81ºF). The average lows hover between 19ºC (66ºF) and 23ºC (75ºF) and the average highs between 23ºC (73ºF) to 30ºC (86ºF).

Xinyi District in Autumn

Other than in September, the rainiest month in Taipei, expect less rain during autumn in Taipei. Autumn is firmly outside of Taipei’s high tourist season. Finding accommodations in Taipei is easier in fall than at other times of the year.

What to wear in autumn

With warm temperatures, light clothing still works best in autumn. You may need a light sweater or coat. As always in Taiwan, carry a small umbrella and a light waterproof jacket, just in case. Breaking from the humidity, autumn is a great time to hit up the hiking trails in and around Taipei. Bring along a sturdy pair of hiking shoes.

Winter

When is winter in Taipei?

Winter in Taipei is from December to February.

What to expect in winter

Winter is the driest, but coolest season in Taipei. Averages temperatures dip to 16ºC (61ºF) and 18ºC (64ºF) with average lows of 14ºC (57ºF) to 15ºC (59ºF) and average highs of only 18ºC (64ºF) to 20ºC (68ºF).

Christmas Lights in Winter

December is the driest month in Taipei with only 60mm of rain. Chinese New Year falls between late January and early February. Make sure to plan your Taipei accommodations well ahead if you plan to travel during this holiday.

Late winter also marks the beginning of cherry blossom season in Taipei. The cherry blossoms often emerge around Taipei in February and last until the end of March.

What to wear in winter

With the cooler temperatures pack warmer clothing in your travel rucksack including an all-season coat. Daytime temperatures are still relatively mild, but the evenings will get chillier. Dressing in layers is recommended.

Taipei Weather By Month

January

January is the coldest month in Taipei, but also one of the driest. It’s still mild enough for comfortable travel. Chinese New Year sometimes falls at the end of the month. It’s a busy time to travel in and around Taipei. Be sure to book your accommodation well ahead.

  • Average Temperature: 16ºC (61ºF)
  • Low Temperature (Average): 14ºC (57ºF)
  • High Temperature (Average): 18ºC (64ºF)
  • Rainfall: 70mm / 17 days

February

February is, on average, the second coldest month in Taipei. Expect more rainfall in February than in January. Chinese New Year often falls in early February along with the Lantern Festival. February a festive choice for when to visit Taipei, but busy. Book your accommodations early to avoid elevated prices and a lack of availability.

February also often marks the beginning of cherry blossom season in Taipei. To see the cherry blossoms at their best in February, head to Yangmingshan National Park.

  • Average Temperature: 16ºC (61ºF)
  • Low Temperature (Average): 14ºC (57ºF)
  • High Temperature (Average): 18ºC (64ºF)
  • Rainfall: 100mm / 15 days

Lantern Festival

March

March is the first month of spring in Taipei. March is warmer and wetter than February. Temperature-wise, March is still mild. Wearing layers and carrying waterproof clothing & an umbrella is recommended. Visiting Taipei in March has the added bonus of falling at the tail-end cherry blossom season. If you’re lucky you should be able to catch the blooms until late March.

  • Average Temperature: 18ºC (64ºF)
  • Low Temperature (Average): 15ºC (59ºF)
  • High Temperature (Average): 20ºC (68ºF)
  • Rainfall: 120mm / 16 days

April

April is a pleasant month to travel to Taipei. Both the temperatures and rainfall increase moving deeper into spring. With lower average rainfall and lower than average accommodation prices in Taipei, April is one of the best months to travel to Taipei.

  • Average Temperature: 22ºC (72ºF)
  • Low Temperature (Average): 19ºC (66ºF)
  • High Temperature (Average): 24ºC (75ºF)
  • Rainfall: 130mm / 15 days

Cherry Blossoms @ Tien-Yuan Temple

May

Rainfall continues to be heavy into May and temperatures are continuing to climb. If travelling to Taipei in May, waterproof clothing and a strong travel umbrella are a must. The beginning of the month is often drier than the end.

  • Average Temperature: 24ºC (75ºF)
  • Low Temperature (Average): 21ºC (70ºF)
  • High Temperature (Average): 26ºC (79ºF)
  • Rainfall: 160mm / 16 days

June

June is the first in a series of uncomfortable travel months in Taipei. Expect rain—and lots of it. Daytime temperatures climb into the 30s regularly. In the heat & humidity, you’ll appreciate Taipei’s indoor shopping and underground passageways.

  • Average Temperature: 27ºC (81ºF)
  • Low Temperature (Average): 24ºC (75ºF)
  • High Temperature (Average): 30ºC (86ºF)
  • Rainfall: 160mm / 15 days

Liberty Square

July

In July, both the heat and summer rainfall ramp up. July in Taipei gets extremely hot and humid with frequent thunderstorms. Typhoons are a real possibility. July is not one of the best months to visit Taipei.

Stay hydrated (and minimalist) by keeping a collapsible water bottle in your travel daypack.

  • Average Temperature: 30ºC (86ºF)
  • Low Temperature (Average): 26ºC (79ºF)
  • High Temperature (Average): 33ºC (91ºF)
  • Rainfall: 190mm / 12 days

August

August is the second wettest month in Taipei. Like July, August in Taipei is extremely hot and humid. Anticipate frequent afternoon rainstorms and possible typhoons. August is not a good month to travel to Taipei.

  • Average Temperature: 29ºC (84ºF)
  • Low Temperature (Average): 26ºC (79ºF)
  • High Temperature (Average): 32ºC (90ºF)
  • Rainfall: 230mm / 14 days

Busy Street in Ximending

September

On average, September is the wettest month in Taipei. In September, temperatures drop off slightly from August. It’s still often uncomfortable for travellers not used to extreme heat and humidity. If you’re going to visit Taipei in September, wait until the end of the month. By the end of September, the rainfall dips along with the risk of typhoons.

  • Average Temperature: 27ºC (81ºF)
  • Low Temperature (Average): 24ºC (75ºF)
  • High Temperature (Average): 30ºC (86ºF)
  • Rainfall: 270mm / 14 days

October

Rainfall in Taipei plummets significantly from September. October temperatures are easier to tolerate. Taipei in October is still hot, but no longer unbearable.

  • Average Temperature: 24ºC (75ºF)
  • Low Temperature (Average): 22ºC (72ºF)
  • High Temperature (Average): 26ºF (79ºF)
  • Rainfall: 90mm / 13 days

Morning @ Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

November

November is a very pleasant month to travel in Taipei and one of the best times of the year to dig into all the best things to do in Taipei.

Temperatures are far more moderate as is the rainfall. November is one of the driest months with 80mm of precipitation. (Although “dry” in Taiwan is always relative.) With the cooler evenings, November is a great time to explore Taipei night markets comfortably.

  • Average Temperature: 21ºC (75ºF)
  • Low Temperature (Average): 19ºC (66ºF)
  • High Temperature (Average): 23ºC (73ºF)
  • Rainfall: 80mm / 14 days

December

On average, December is cooler than November. December is the first month of winter in Taipei, but temperatures are still very mild and pleasant. Wearing layers will help you to stay comfortable all day long. December is the driest month in Taipei on average.

  • Average Temperature: 18ºC (64ºF)
  • Low Temperature (Average): 15ºC (59ºF)
  • High Temperature (Average): 20ºC (68ºF)
  • Rainfall: 60mm / 14 days

When is the best time to visit Taipei?

The best month to visit Taipei is November.

Why visit in November?

The decision to visit Taipei in November is an easy one. November is one of the driest months in Taiwan’s capital. The temperatures are still warm, although hardly unbearable as the heat and the humidity of a Taiwanese summer often proves. It’s also a colourful time of year as the fall colours are out in full swing.

Traffic on Keelung Road

If visiting Taipei in November isn’t possible, October and April are the next best alternatives.

October is still warm and late October sees a drop off in rainfall. April are October are similar in regards to temperature, although April can be slightly cooler and rainier.

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