The best times to visit Palu for ideal weather are

early-to-mid-January

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 


Palu Travel Guide

  • Safety
  • The busiest and least popular months
  • Overall travel experience by time of year
  • Weather in Palu

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in Palu vary barely at all and are too warm to be considered temperate for most. The area is in the bottom 1 percent of tourist destinations for pleasant weather. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Palu, the hottest months are October, May, and then November. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid-October where highs are regularly around 94.5°F (34.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 74.3°F (23.5°C) at night.

    Palu Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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    High
    Average
    Low

    Palu Temperatures (Celsius)

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    High
    Average
    Low

    “Feels-Like” Temperatures

    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.

    Palu Perceived Temperature (F)

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    Average
    Low

    Palu Perceived Temperature (C)

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    High
    Average
    Low

     

    Average Palu 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.

    Show Fahrenheit

    Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
    Jan 89.8 80.7 73.8
    Feb 90.7 80.7 73.3
    Mar 92 81.5 73.8
    Apr 92.1 81.8 74.3
    May 92.4 82.1 74.5
    Jun 91.7 81.4 74.3
    Jul 90.6 80.7 73.4
    Aug 90.9 80.8 73.4
    Sep 92 81.7 73.6
    Oct 93.3 82.3 74.1
    Nov 92.3 81.9 74.6
    Dec 91.6 81.6 74.3

    Show Celsius

    Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan 32.1 27.1 23.2
    Feb 32.6 27.1 22.9
    Mar 33.3 27.5 23.2
    Apr 33.4 27.7 23.5
    May 33.6 27.8 23.6
    Jun 33.2 27.4 23.5
    Jul 32.6 27.1 23
    Aug 32.7 27.1 23
    Sep 33.3 27.6 23.1
    Oct 34.1 27.9 23.4
    Nov 33.5 27.7 23.7
    Dec 33.1 27.6 23.5

     
    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 Palu.

    Key
    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

    The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Palu (in).

    Key
    Snow depth

    Average Rain and Snow by Month

    Show Inches

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
    Jan 25.7 0 0.07
    Feb 24.3 0 0.05
    Mar 24.3 0 0.06
    Apr 30 0 0.07
    May 25.7 0 0.05
    Jun 37.1 0 0.08
    Jul 34.3 0 0.11
    Aug 34.3 0 0.08
    Sep 24.3 0 0.05
    Oct 24.3 0 0.04
    Nov 25.7 0 0.05
    Dec 24.3 0 0.07

    Show Centimeters

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan 25.7 0 0.18
    Feb 24.3 0 0.13
    Mar 24.3 0 0.15
    Apr 30 0 0.18
    May 25.7 0 0.13
    Jun 37.1 0 0.2
    Jul 34.3 0 0.28
    Aug 34.3 0 0.2
    Sep 24.3 0 0.13
    Oct 24.3 0 0.1
    Nov 25.7 0 0.13
    Dec 24.3 0 0.18
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    Humidity and Wind

    Palu has slightly high to average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is October (66.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (72.4%).

    Wind in Palu is usually moderate. The windiest month is October, followed by November and March. October’s average wind speed of around 4.4 knots (5.1 MPH or 8.1 KPH) is considered “light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late February and early March where average top sustained speeds reach 13.7 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

    Relative Humidity (%)

    The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Palu.

    Key
    Avg. Relative Humidity

    Wind

    The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

    Key
    Max Sustained Wind
    Average Daily Wind

    Average Wind Speeds

    Show Wind Speeds

    All wind speeds are in knots.

    Month Avg. Wind Meaning (Beaufort) Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind Meaning (Beufort)
    Jan 4 a light breeze 11.7 a moderate breeze
    Feb 4.1 a light breeze 12.3 a moderate breeze
    Mar 4.2 a light breeze 12.7 a moderate breeze
    Apr 4 a light breeze 12.6 a moderate breeze
    May 3.8 light air 11.8 a moderate breeze
    Jun 3.6 light air 11.3 a moderate breeze
    Jul 3.5 light air 11.1 a moderate breeze
    Aug 3.7 light air 11.5 a moderate breeze
    Sep 4.1 a light breeze 12.6 a moderate breeze
    Oct 4.4 a light breeze 13.2 a moderate breeze
    Nov 4.3 a light breeze 13 a moderate breeze
    Dec 4.1 a light breeze 12.4 a moderate breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    Month Avg. Relative Humidity
    Jan 72.4
    Feb 70.5
    Mar 68.9
    Apr 70.2
    May 70
    Jun 71.3
    Jul 71.5
    Aug 70.6
    Sep 68.6
    Oct 66.4
    Nov 70.2
    Dec 69.9

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to Palu?

    As of 6/27/2017 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.
     

    Overall Palu Travel Experience by Season

    Fall (March through May)

    Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very warm. Highs range from 93.1°F (33.9°C) and 91.4°F (33°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Fall is slow/unreported for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

    Winter (June through August)

    The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. June – August is slow/unreported season for tourism in Palu, so lodging and other accommodations may cost as much as usual.

    Spring (September through November)

    Spring daily highs range from 94.5°F (34.7°C) and 91°F (32.8°C), which will feel warmer than comfortable given the humidity and wind. Tourism is slow/unreported during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be normally priced.

    Summer (December through February)

    Weather is perfect this time of year in Palu to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 91.7°F (33.2°C) and 89.4°F (31.9°C). These times of year are slow/unreported with tourists.