The climate of Bhutan
Bhutan is a country in Asia situated in the Himalayan mountain range.
Because of the large differences in altitude there are large contrasts
in precipitation figures and temperatures. On the one hand the
mountains prevent the rain from reaching several valleys. On the other
hand rain clouds may remain hanging in one place causing large amounts
of rain. Several types of climates can be found within Bhutan. The
southern part has a warm China climate (type Cwa) and a moderate China
climate (type Cwb). The northern part of the country which mainly
consists of medium-high mountains and high mountains has a combination
of land climates (Dw types) with dry winters and wet summers.
Climate information of places and areas in Bhutan
The climate information on this page is only brief. Specific
information about weather and climate can be found on the climate
pages per area or town. As for Bhutan the following climate
information is available:
Dry And wet season
Bhutan has a distinct dry season from November till March. April and
October are transitional months from a dry season to the monsoon. The
wet season is from May till September. During this period the total
amount of annual rain falls. During the winter little precipitation
can be expected. In the medium-high and high mountains precipitation
almost always falls in the form of snow. The lower areas donít get
wintry weather that often because day time temperatures are well above
freezing point during the winter. The highest peaks in the northern
part of Bhutan have everlasting snow and glaciers from 6,000 meters.
Because Bhutan is situated in the Himalayas people wrongly assume that
it has a cold climate. During the winter it is cold on high mountain
peaks. However, in the medium-high areas subzero temperatures only
occur during the night. Even during the winter temperatures of 4-10
degrees Celsius during the day are not uncommon. It may even get a
little warmer. During the summer temperatures are 15-25 degrees
Celsius on average. In the warmer southern part of the country
temperatures of 30 degrees can even be recorded.
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate
records. They are an average for the capital Thimphu and cannot be
seen as an average for Bhutan. Please visit the individual pages for
climate information on other places and regions in Bhutan.
More climate information
Climate tables are useful but they donít give an overall picture of
the climate and possible weather conditions during a period of time.
How high the chances are of hot or cold weather or hurricanes can
often not be found in these tables. This is why we offer extra climate
information per month. The information below is an average for the
Please visit the individual pages for climate information on other
places and regions in Bhutan.
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