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Macau - Geography and climate

More information in this section about what to expect when you travel to Macau, depending on the time of year. In this section we tell you what to expect from the point of view of the Macau geography and climate.

Geography

macau by nightMacau is located in the Chinese province of Guangdong, on the Western Bank of the Pearl River delta, opposite Hong Kong which is situated one hour away by ferry. The city is located on a peninsula of 7.8 km², connected by three bridges to the island of Taipa (6.2 km²) to the south - where the airport is located - itself connected to the island of Coloane (7.6 km²). To the north is located the border with mainland China which is only 340 metres in length).

Climate

Given its proximity to Hong Kong, it is the same climate even though the sea air which is channelled towards Macau acts as a form of natural air conditioning.

October to December are the best months to visit with a majority of sunny days and low humidity. From May to September, the climate is hot and humid, with frequent heavy rain and the possibility of cyclones.
The climate in Macao (similarly to Hong Kong) is subtropical. The region is affected by typhoons as is described below.

Climatic variations throughout the year:

 
•    October to December: Sunny days, temperatures of 20-25°C, low humidity rate (70%)
•    January to March: Winter months, possible cool winds 10 to 15°C, low humidity rate (75%)
•    April to mid-May: Spring, more frequent rainfall, temperatures of 23°C average, increased humidity rate (80%)
•    Mid-May to end of September: hot summers, possible heavy rainfall; temperatures up to 30°C, humidity rate (up to 90% and above)

During the rainy season (mid-May to late September), fans and air conditioners are essential to beat the intense heat while dehumidifiers are recommended to prevent clothes and shoes from accumulating mould.

Risk of typhoons

Macau is affected by typhoons. Characterized by high winds and heavy rain, these phenomena occur between the months of May and November, and are especially prevalent around September. There is a very efficient and tried and tested system in place for alerting the population: messages broadcast on the radio, live alerts broadcast on TV, and emergency services put on high alert. Emergency services are effective, well trained and organized.
Macao Meteorological and Geophysics Office is a governmental department responsible for weather forecasts and the dissemination of warnings on climate-related hazards. It is their responsibility to publish information bulletins and / or typhoon alerts. Warning signals are similar to those adopted by the Hong Kong Observatory.

Remember that if the eye of the storm moves directly over Macao, it is possible that a lull of a few minutes to a few hours may occur. Remain alert however for it will be followed by a sudden increase in wind from a different direction. Stay where you are if you are sheltered, and prepare for very high winds. National and local weather information can be found in the press and on Chinese television and radio channels (in Chinese and English).