Finicky Taiwan Weather Makes Fall the Best Time to Visit

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With its rugged mountains and winding rivers, it is no surprise that the East Asian island of Taiwan
was formally referred to as “Formosa,” or “beautiful island” in
Portuguese. Separated from the Asian continent by the 99-mile-wide Taiwan Strait,
the main island of the group is 245 miles long and 89 miles wide, with
varied topography and climates. The island is characterized by the
contrast between the eastern two-thirds, consisting mostly of rugged
mountains running in five ranges from the northern to the southern tip
of the island, and the flat rolling Chianan Plain
in the west. The Tropic of Cancer runs straight through the middle of
Taiwan bringing with it tropical and subtropical weather, which makes it
the ideal year-round destination for travelers seeking out a warmer
climate. The average temperature is typically around 72°F all year
round, with no severe cold in the winter or brutal heat in the summer.
This pleasant weather makes for the perfect conditions for exploring Taiwan’s natural wonders and will provide the perfect atmosphere for those wishing to relax from harsh Taiwan weather.

The
annual average temperature of the northern section of the island is
around 71°F, while temperatures tend to be a little warmer in the
southern portion with an average temperature of 75°F. The coldest months
to visit are from January to March, but even then the temperature is a
manageable 50°F. If no temperature is too hot, head to the island from
June to August when the temperatures reach highs of 100°F or more. While
you don’t have to worry about snow in Taiwan,
there are other weather extremities that need to be taken into
consideration when planning a visit. Typhoon season is June to October
and tends to strike the east coast especially hard, while rainfall is
most prevalent in the plum rain season in May and June. The northern
part of the island has an especially rainy season that lasts from
January through late March during the northeast monsoon, and the East
Asian rainy season known as meiyu in May.

Besides
taking the weather in Taiwan into consideration, one must also consider
they are prone to earthquakes, as it sits on the colliding Eurasian
and Philippine plates. Most of the quakes Taiwan experiences are small
Earth tremors, but some are far more devastating, including one in
September 1999 that measured 7.3 on the Richter scale and killed
thousands. However, one has to consider that the grinding plates that
cause the quakes are also responsible for the beautiful mountains and
tantalizing hot springs that make a trip to Taiwan
truly worthwhile. Although there may be some drawbacks like monsoons
and elevated rainfall, Taiwan still offers one of the most enjoyable
warm climates in the world if you know the right times to visit.

While some people have remarked that Taiwan
has no seasons, there are still things to keep in mind when choosing
your dates to travel. September to November is often considered to be
the best for travel, as conditions tend to be warm and dry, air
pollution is at a minimum, and prices are lower. Visiting in spring from
March to May can be a bit of a toss up, as it can be clear and dry, or
wet and gloomy–sometimes even all in the same day. June to August is a
great time to visit the east coast, especially for outdoor activities.
However, be aware of typhoons,
which can hit the island from June to October. If you’re looking for
some beach time, travelers can swim comfortably anywhere from May to
October, but if you want to swim in the winter, head to the southern
part of the island for a warmer climate.

If you’re planning a trip to the popular capital city of Taipei,
there really is no bad time to go. Taipei has plenty of activities for
all types of travelers, whether you like museums and architecture or
shopping and outdoor recreational activities. Temperatures don’t change
too much around Taipei
and the highs in summer are generally in the upper 70s to upper 80s.
Even winter temperatures can be enjoyable, averaging in the mid 60s.
Taipei has a fairly wet climate, so if you want to avoid the rain,
travel during the driest months of October and November, rather than the
wet month of June when an average of 12.7 inches of rain falls over the
course of 16 days.

No matter what time you visit Taiwan,
you are sure to enjoy their warm weather climate and inviting
landscape. After all, what could be better to escape the harsh winter
than a Pacific island that averages temperatures in the 70s and has
plenty of sunshine to relax in?

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