Most of Taiwan has beautiful warm climate all year round. You can leave your winter coat behind but are advised to bring an umbrella.
The north part of Taiwan belongs to sub-tropical climate zone, while the south part belongs to the tropical climate zone. Winters are warm and summers are hot and wet, with typhoons and thunderstorms. Because Taiwan is a relatively small island, the ocean breezes have a cooling effect so it never feels too hot. Please note that the high alpine areas like Alishan do get cold.
The annual average temperature is a comfortable 22 °C, with lowest temperatures ranging from 12 to 17 °C (54-63 °F).
The average amount of rainfall is about 2,500 mm per year, most of which come in the form of typhoons. At least three to four typhoons hit Taiwan every year, providing much of the water supply, but also causing damage, flooding, and landslides.
Because Taiwan is on the tropical zone, it is subject to more rain than most other areas, but showers are short lived and blue skies prevail on most days.
The island lies on an earthquake fault line, and there have been big earthquakes in modern times.
Clothing: It generally feels warm during the day, and long-sleeve shirts are fine.
Special seasonal highlights: Hiking in Taiwan’s high mountains (about 240 mountains over 3,000 meters) is an option before the summer typhoon season. You can also head down to the southern beaches to bask in the sun. You can climb Yangmingshan Hill to see the cherry blossoms.
Things to do: Summer is a time to head for the beaches. When there are storms out at sea or after a typhoon, people can go and surf.
The Computex Taipei (Taipei International Information Technology Show) in June is a favorite tourist highlight. It is the world's second biggest IT show, and it is the largest in Asia.
Special seasonal highlight: It is a fine time to head up to the mountains to see the fall foliage.
Around Taipei, low temperatures can approach 8 °C (46 °F) at night, but there may be warm spells also.
Clothing: Prepare a coat and an umbrella. Wearing layers is a good idea.
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Hi Dan, Sep. and Oct. are not the main typhoon season, so no problem. The chance of typhoon and quakes is quite small.Whitney Liao Replied on 2013-05-15
Hi Ali, yes, It is one of the best times of the year to visit Taiwan, with mostly sunny and pleasant weather and little rain.The average low and high temperature is respectively 18℃ (64℉) and 26℃(80℉). During the day it is warm, and a T-shirt or a long-sleeve shirt is good. You can also prepare a sweater or coat in case the temperature drops to 15℃ (59℉) in early morning or late evening.Whitney Liao Replied on 2012-09-18
October is a pleasant time to visit Taiwan. The average low and high temperature is respectively at 23 °C(74 °F) and 26 °C (79 °F). It still rains sometimes, so umbrella and mosquito repellant are needed. Typhoon is rare. According to a report from a TV channel-The Strait Shinkansen that only 4 times in a hundred years that typhoon landed this island in October. So it is safe, don't worry.Whitney Liao Replied on 2012-09-03
Hi Yaping, there would still be typhoon around this period in Taiwan. Kaohsiung in the south is the most severest area.Whitney Liao Replied on 2012-09-03