The climate of Chiang Mai (Thailand)
Chiang Mai is located in the northern part of Thailand and is the
capital of the Chiang Mai province. The river Ping flows through the
city. Chiang Mai was founded in 1296 by king Mengrai. Many temples can
be found in the city such as the Wat Chedi Luang, the Wat Chiang Man
and Wat Phra Sing temples. The old city centre of Chiang Mai is very
popular with tourists. The city has its own cuisine, culture and
traditions. Chiang Mai often is used by tourists as a starting point
for long hikes. Along the river Ping the famous evening market is
Chiang Mai’s climate as well as the climate in all of North Thailand
is characterized by the monsoon. The monsoon has three different
seasons. The south west monsoon usually comes from India in the end of
May and lasts to November. Rainfall is heaviest during the month of
September with 250 millimeters of rain on average. However, rainy
season doesn’t mean rain falls for days on end. The normal pattern of
the last few years is: clear mornings, cloudy afternoons with rain in
the late afternoon, dry evenings and sometimes rain during the night.
The north east monsoon lasts from the second part of November to early
May. Cold air comes from Vietnam and China. During this period rain
doesn’t fall in the northern and central part of Thailand with the
exception of the so called mango-showers during mango season. The low
humidity figures make for a pleasant feel. Differences in temperature
between day and night and between seasons are higher than in the rest
of the country.
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records.
They are an average for Chiang Mai:
More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but don’t present a general impression
of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain
period. The figures don’t always reflect the chance of wintry weather,
extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate
information for each month of the year:
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