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Indonesia Time, Climate & Weather

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When it comes to setting up a business or thinking of where to work, the local’s climate and time zones are crucial factors to consider that will guide your decision. Let’s dive deep to understand the Indonesia’s time zone, climate, and weather!

Indonesia Time Zone

There are 3 different types of time zones that Indonesia goes by.

  • Western Indonesia time UTC +7 (Eg; Jakarta)

  • Central Indonesia time UTC +8 (Eg; Makassar)

  • Eastern Indonesia time UTC +9(Eg; Manokwari)

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Indonesia & Its Regional Climate

A location’s or region’s climate is influenced by its latitude, height, terrain, and neighboring water bodies and currents. The climate varies greatly in various places of the world. Natural processes or external influences such as persistent changes in the atmosphere or changes in land use are mostly responsible for these variations.

Rainfall is usually the main variable in Indonesia’s climate as there are various variations of rainfalls that dawn on Indonesia throughout the year. Here are the 2 seasons in Indonesia:

  • Dry season: June to September

  • Rainy season: November to March

These 2 seasons differ across its various islands and the west coast of Sumatra gets a noticeably small amount of rainfall at 400 centimeters per year which is similar to Kalimantan, Java, Papua, and some parts of Sulawesi. On the contrary, island such as West Sumatra, West Java, Bali, Central Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and Papua are the dampest regions of Indonesia with rainfall totaling 2,000 millimeters a year.

Due to the recent effects of global warming and climate change, the weather in Indonesia is no longer predictable. Sometimes, heavy rain will emerge during dry seasons while drought can hit certain areas during rainy seasons.

Sumatra experienced rain from October to January in the north and November to February in the south. The inconsistent weather patterns are caused by global warming, affecting rainfall patterns all over Indonesia.

Bali and Kalimantan on the other hand are relatively unaffected by seasonal weather changes which bring about greater chances of flooding and droughts during wet and dry season, respectively.

Climate Change and Global warming

Due to its geographical location, warm climates, and status as an archipelago, Indonesia is extremely sensitive to climate change risks. Indonesia is concerned about climate change since agriculture accounts for a big portion of its Gross Domestic Products. Indonesia’s potential to adjust to dangers is further hampered due to its status as a developing country.

It is vulnerable to rising sea levels, flooding, and landslides. In the coastal areas of Indonesia, sea level rise due to global warming is currently roughly three to five millimeters per year.

However, there are certain responses that the Indonesian government came up with which includes mitigations and adaptations. There were also campaigns launched by the authorities to reduce the emissions of heat-trapping of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere to prevent the planet from warming to more extreme temperatures.

Climate Change and Global warming

Due to its geographical location, warm climates, and status as an archipelago, Indonesia is extremely sensitive to climate change risks. Indonesia is concerned about climate change since agriculture accounts for a big portion of its Gross Domestic Products. Indonesia’s potential to adjust to dangers is further hampered due to its status as a developing country.

It is vulnerable to rising sea levels, flooding, and landslides. In the coastal areas of Indonesia, sea level rise due to global warming is currently roughly three to five millimeters per year.

However, there are certain responses that the Indonesian government came up with which includes mitigations and adaptations. There were also campaigns launched by the authorities to reduce the emissions of heat-trapping of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere to prevent the planet from warming to more extreme temperatures.

Working & Living in Indonesia

The climate and time zone are easily adaptable by both foreigners and locals. With its ideal geographical location and close proximity between cities, Indonesia puts her name on the map as one of the best places to live and work.

If you are looking to work or incorporate a company in Indonesia, reach out today to find out how you can go about starting your company and which work visa is best suited for you!

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FAQs

Does Indonesia get snow?2022-01-10T12:11:12+08:00

Indonesia experiences warm weather and does not have a winter season. The temperature is not low enough for snow formation. It is unlikely you will find snow anywhere else other than the mountain peaks in Papua Island. 

Is Indonesia hotter than Philippines?2022-01-10T12:10:35+08:00

Much of Indonesia is very close to the equator and quite tropical. From March to May, Philippines is the hottest and from June to October it is usually the wettest period. The coolest months are from November to February. 

What is the coolest month in Indonesia?2022-01-10T12:07:27+08:00

The coldest months (with the lowest average sea temperature) are January and February (28°C). 

What is the average temperature in Indonesia?2022-01-10T12:05:40+08:00

The coastal plains averaging 28 °C, the inland and mountain areas averaging 26 °C, and the higher mountain regions, 23 °C. 

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