The Weather in Bali and Best time to go0
Bali weather follows two seasons: dry and wet, although you can expect mostly warm and humid days throughout the year. Dry season is May to September, with typically sunny days and an average temperature of 31 degrees Celsius. Most consider this mid-year period the best time to go to Bali, offering a good balance between sun, sand and surf. Wet season is October to April with occasional downpours and overcast skies. Windy months are between June and August.
Average Rainfalls in Bali Highlights:
(Obviously it varies each year!)
1) Best Time to Go to Bali: May to August!
Preferences may vary, but for cooler times in Bali, the best time to visit is May to August, when humidity levels on the island are at its lowest. During this period the air is drier and pleasant for outdoor activities and overland sightseeing tours. The skies in Bali are also clear and blue during this time, which makes it great for outdoor and landscape photography.
2) Hottest Time in Bali
The hottest months in Bali are April and October, when daytime temperatures can rise up to 32 degrees Celsius. Humidity levels in the coastal areas can reach up to 75%, and the island receives an ample 12 hours of sunlight with average daytime temperatures ranging from 27 to 32 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, average daytime temperatures in the cooler highlands average from 21 to 27 degrees Celsius, dropping sharply low during night time.
Sunrise: between 05:50 and 06:23
Sunset: between 18:15 and 18:47
3) Low Season in Bali
The low season in Bali in terms of hotel bookings are roughly the first quarter (right after the New Year, from January to March) and the last quarter (October to November, with December usually having a fair amount of 'holiday season' bookings). The wet Bali weather around these months also see residents having their umbrellas and ponchos at hand.
You can expect lower hotel rates around this time, together with all sorts of benefits on offer. You can also anticipate lesser crowds during these months, with quieter roads and faster access times from your hotel to locations of interest during certain national holidays. One such time of the year is the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, with its main celebration on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr, or 'Idul Fitri'.
The reason for this ‘quieter’ scene is due to much of the non-Balinese populace fleeing the island to head home for the holidays. A similar circumstance in the densely populated southern region and business districts of Bali is over the Nyepi, 'silent day' or Saka New Year celebrations when residents return to their respective homes in rural areas to rejoice with their families.
Expect the peak season in Bali around Christmas and New Year, from December 24 to January 5. A dry season equivalent, which also coincides with school holidays, is between July 1 and September 30.