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The climate of Sapa (Vietnam)
Sapa is located in the northern part of Vietnam bordering China. The city is located at the foot of the Himalayans at an altitude of 1,600 meters. Because of its remote and inhospitable situation it has become a refuge for Vietnamese minorities. Several minorities live here according to their own customs. Although western technology such as television and internet have already reached this area these people hang on to their old values. The main source of income is agriculture. The view is dominated by beautiful terraces. Beautiful animal and plant life can be found in the surroundings of Sapa. It is well worth cycling or walking through the surroundings. Sapa has a unique climate; it has all the characteristics of a tropical savannah climate. The climate has rainy periods and dry periods. Temperatures are high during the summer. However, because of the altitude and the influence of the surrounding mountains temperatures are much lower during the winter. During the winter temperatures may even drop to freezing point. This climate type is also referred to as a warm China climate.

 

Climate information
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for Sapa.

average
 maximum
temperature (įC)

average
minimum

temperature (įC)
average
hours of sunshine

per
day
average days with precipitation
per month
average
mm
precipitation
per month
average
sea
temperature (įC)
January 20 14 3 11 n/a
February 20 15 2 12 n/a
March 23 18 2 15 n/a
April 28 22 4 14 n/a
May 32 25 6 15 n/a
June 33 26 6 15 n/a
July 33 26 6 16 n/a
August 32 26 6 17 n/a
September 31 25 6 14 n/a
October 29 22 5 11 n/a
November 25 19 5 8 n/a
December 22 16 4 6 n/a
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but donít present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period. The figures donít 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:
 

chance of
(very) hot

weather

chance of
(very) cool
weather
chance of
long-term

precipitation
chance of
hurricanes
(cyclones)
chance of
sunny days

UV-index

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February
March
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May
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July
August
September
October
November
December
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