The best times to visit Balikpapan for ideal weather are
September 10th to October 28th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Balikpapan Travel Guide
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Weather in Balikpapan
Average temperatures in Balikpapan vary barely at all. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a chance of rain throughout most of the year. The area is far less temperate than some — in the 4th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Balikpapan, the hottest months are October, May, and then September. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late September where highs are regularly around 89.6°F (32°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 77.4°F (25.2°C) at night.
Balikpapan Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Balikpapan Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Balikpapan Perceived Temperature (F)
Balikpapan Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Balikpapan Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Balikpapan are September, October, and then May. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late September. For example, on the week of September 24th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid January with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of January 15th.
When can you find snow in Balikpapan? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Balikpapan.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Balikpapan (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Balikpapan has some extremely humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is October (78.5% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (81.7%).
Wind in Balikpapan is usually calm. The windiest month is August, followed by September and July. August’s average wind speed of around 6.5 knots (7.4 MPH or 12 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late July where average top sustained speeds reach 12.5 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Balikpapan.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||5.1||Light breeze||10.8||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||5.4||Light breeze||11||Significant breeze|
|Mar||5.1||Light breeze||10.6||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||4.6||Light breeze||10.1||Gentle breeze|
|May||4.7||Light breeze||9.5||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||5.2||Light breeze||10.4||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||5.8||Light breeze||11.5||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||6.5||Light breeze||11.8||Significant breeze|
|Sep||6.4||Light breeze||11.7||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||5.4||Light breeze||10.7||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||4.3||Light breeze||9.4||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||4.7||Light breeze||10.4||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Balikpapan?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Indonesia; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 20, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Balikpapan, Indonesia is May, followed by August and July. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Balikpapan in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Balikpapan Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 89.3°F (31.8°C) and 88.3°F (31.3°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 6 to 10 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Winter (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 7 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Balikpapan, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 89.6°F (32°C) and 87.1°F (30.6°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 7 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Summer (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in Balikpapan to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 89.2°F (31.8°C) and 88.1°F (31.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a great amount: 9 to 11 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.