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Climate in Bhutan

Seasons in Bhutan

Bhutan has an unusual variety of climate influenced by varying altitudes.

Southern Bhutan, which is situated at low altitudes, has mild winters and hot summers during which morning and evening showers are common.

Paro, Thimphu and other temperate regions have cold winters with sunny skies. In spring and autumn, days are warm but nights are cool. Summers are warm with light but frequent rainfall.

The lower temperate regions such as Punakha and Trashigang have mild winters and warm summers.

Spring is generally from March through May, summer from June through August, autumn from September through November and winter from December through February.

Bhutan has a wide range of climates, from the hot and humid jungles of the southern foothills to frigid snowcapped peaks in the north which rise to 7,700 metres.
Springtime Spring begins by the end of February and lasts till the end of May. Spring is a good season for travelling.
Rainy Season The rainy season starts by June and lasts till the middle or end of September. The rainy season more or less coincides with the summer season. The rainy season is vital for farmers to grow their crops like maize and rice, but it causes roadblocks due to landslides. Sometimes, you may be stranded on the highway for hours or for a few days due to roadblocks. Rainy season is not much loved by the city dwellers.
Summer Summer starts by the end of May and lasts till the end of August. Summer is quite hot everywhere. But in the south, it gets almost terribly hot.
Autumn Autum starts by October and lasts till the end of November.
Winter Winter starts by December and ends in February. In most places in Bhutan, it snows in winter except in Southern Bhutan. Even in the south, it is quite chilly in the morning and evening in winter.
Snow in Thimphu

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Bhutan's Weather: AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
Figures in ºC JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN
PLACES Max Min Max Min Max Min Max Min Max Min Max Min
Paro 9.4 -5.8 13.4 1.5 14.5 0.6 26.8 14.9 25.3 14.7 23.4 11.7
Thimphu 12.3 -2.6 14.4 0.6 16.4 3.9 18.9 13.4 25.0 15.8 23.1 15.0
Punakha 16.1 4.2 19.6 5.3 21.1 9.2 32.0 21.6 31.4 19.8 29.9 20.4
Wangdue 17.0 4.3 19.0 7.8 22.8 10.4 18.4 16.2 29.1 20.0 27.5 19.1
Trongsa 13.0 -0.2 13.9 0.4 16.7 4.4 25.3 15.3 23.8 15.0 22.6 14.2
Bumthang 10.8 -5.1 10.0 -1.4 16.2 3.5 14.1 10.9 23.0 13.7 21.6 12.1
Mongar 15.5 8.2 15.9 8.3 20.0 11.6 16.1 15.8 25.4 19.6 24.7 19.4
Trashigang 20.4 10.5 21.7 11.5 24.8 14.4 31.5 23.1 30.2 22.7 30.0 23.9
Figures in ºC JUL AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC
PLACES Max Min Max Min Max Min Max Min Max Min Max Min
Paro 26.8 14.9 25.3 14.7 23.4 11.7 18.7 7.4 13.9 1.4 11.2 -1.7
Thimphu 18.9 13.4 25.0 15.8 23.1 15.0 21.9 10.4 17.9 5.0 14.5 -1.1
Punakha 32.0 21.6 31.4 19.8 29.9 20.4 27.8 18.9 22.3 13.0 15.0 7.9
Wangdue 18.4 16.2 29.1 20.0 27.5 19.1 26.1 14.7 22.6 9.6 19.1 6.3
Trongsa 25.3 15.3 23.8 15.0 22.6 14.2 21.8 11.7 19.8 6.4 18.2 2.5
Bumthang 14.1 10.9 23.0 13.7 21.6 12.1 19.5 5.9 16.1 -0.5 12.3 -2.3
Mongar 16.1 15.8 25.4 19.6 24.7 19.4 22.7 15.8 19.9 11.2 15.7 9.5
Trashigang 31.5 23.1 30.2 22.7 30.0 23.9 29.1 17.7 26.1 13.6 23.0 11.6
Figures in ºC JUL AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC
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