Seasons in Bhutan

There is a hot humid sub-tropical climate in the south part of Bhutan. High temperatures there are whole year long. They can vary between 60°F -86°F. In the Central parts of the country it is a little bit cooler. Still it is hot enough during summer but it is much cooler during winters. Level of precipitations is not as high here in winter as at the south part of Bhutan. In northern areas of the country it is cold during the winter. And the higher it is the colder it is in the mountains whole year round.

There are various levels of perceptions per year and while it rains in the south it usually snows in the northern parts and in mountainous areas. In the north of the country the level of precipitations in form of snow is about 40mm per year. For the certain part of Bhutan, where rains are typical, the average level of precipitations is about 1000 mm per year. Still rains are typical for the southern parts of the country, where it drops nearly 7800mm per year.

 In the northern border region to Tibet gets about 40 millimeters of precipitation a year which is


Weather and Climate

Spring in Bhutan

Spring comes to the country with the first days of March. Level of temperature increases sharply and it is much warmer here in the beginning of March. Average temperature during the month is about 32°F at daytime and about 16°F at nights. Still in the south plains of the country the hot and wet weather stays.

In mountainous areas the cold weather will stay until the end of the spring. The average temperatures in May are about 43°F at daytime and about 32 at nights.  Precipitations in form of snow are still occur for the north part of Bhutan and it is rainy enough in the south side.

The climate of the spring months

(Thimphu)

March
Max average t°: +15 °C (60 °F)
Min average t°: +2.5 °C (37 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 50 mm (2.0")
April
Max average t°: +18 °C (65 °F)
Min average t°: +6 °C (43 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10.5 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 74 mm (2.9")
May
Max average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Min average t°: +9.5 °C (49 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 113 mm (4.5")

Spring holidays

20 Apr   National Council Elections
25 Apr   Shabdrung Kuchoe

2 May   Birth Anniversary of Third Druk Gyalpo
29 May Lord Buddha's Parinirvana

Summer in Bhutan

Summer in the country starts in June and ends in August. Monsoon are occur during these months.

It is still very hot and wet in the south plains of Bhutan. The main part of precipitations drops here in this period. Still in the mountainous areas it is cool and average temperature from June to August changes between 44-48°F at daytime and 38-43 at nights.

The climate of the summer months

(Thimphu)

June
Max average t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Min average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 12 days
Precipitation: 180 mm (7.1")
July
Max average t°: +22 °C (71 °F)
Min average t°: +14 °C (57 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 19 days
Precipitation: 238 mm (9.4")
August
Max average t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Min average t°: +13 °C (56 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9.5 hours
Rainy days: 14 days
Precipitation: 182 mm (7.2")


Summer holidays

23 Jun   Birth Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche

16 Jul     First Sermon of Lord Buddha

Autumn in Bhutan

Fall comes to the country in September. The weather during this period in Bhutan is lovely with clear and crisp blue skies.  Summer type of weather stays all September long. Temperatures are still high for the north mountainous part. Average level is about 44°F at daytime and 41°F at nights. Precipitations in form of snow are not typical for this area.

In October temperature decrease sharply and it is already cold in November in the north mountainous areas. The average temperature of this month is about 32°F at daytime and 19°F at nights. The season of heavy snowfalls is about to begin.

The climate of the autumn months

(Thimphu)

September
Max average t°: +21 °C (69 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 176 mm (6.9")
October
Max average t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (44 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 45 mm (1.8")
November
Max average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Min average t°: +1.5 °C (35 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9.5 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 13 mm (0.5")

Autumn holidays

15 Sep  Thimphu Drupchen Dromchoe
19 Sep to 21 Sep Thimphu Tshechu
23 Sep  Blessed Rainy Day

19 Oct   Dashain Festival
31 Oct   Descending Day of Lord Buddha

1 Nov    Coronation of His Majesty the King
11 Nov  Birth Anniversary of Fourth Druk Gyalpo

Winter in Bhutan

Winter comes to Bhutan in the beginning of December and lasts until the end of February. Mostly it is sunny and cool here. Much of the east-west highway remains snowbound during winter. It is the best time to visit the western districts of Paro, Wangdue, Punakha, Thimphu and Haa.

It is cold in January with average temperatures about 28°F at daytime and 10 at nights. On the other hand there is always hot in at the south of the country and temperatures changes between 86°F and 100°F during the year. Level of precipitations is high enough. In the south there is always rainy and wet.

The climate of the winter months

(Thimphu)

December
Max average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Min average t°: -2 °C (29 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9.5 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 8 mm (0.3")
January
Max average t°: +11 °C (51 °F)
Min average t°: -3 °C (27 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9.5 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 13 mm (0.5")
February
Max average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Min average t°: -1 °C (31 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 21 mm (0.8")

Winter holidays

17 Dec  National Day

2 Jan      Winter Solstice (Nyilo)
17 Jan   Traditional Day of Offering

16 Feb to 17 Feb Losar New Year
21 Feb to 23 Feb Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the King