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Climate and weather of Bhutan



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Bhutan




 

Climate

 
Bhutan has three different climatic zones.

Temperatures are high in the southern plain (15° in January and 30° in July), moderate in the central mountains (13° in January and 26° in July) and low in the northern mountains (0° in January and 10° in july). Annual rainfall is higher in the plain (3 000 to 7 500 mm) than in the mountains located in the center (500 to 1000 mm) and the mountains located in the north (300 mm).

The plain (southern Bhutan)
The plain has a tropical climate with a rainy season and a dry season. Rainfall ranges between 3 000 and 7 500 mm par an.

Rainy season (May to September)
Temperatures reach 30° and rainfall is abundant (rains are heavier in the east than in the west).

Dry season (October to April)
Temperatures are mild (15° in January) and rainfall is very low or nonexistent. Sunshine is high.

The central mountains
The mountains located in the center of Bhutan have a temperate tropical climate with a rainy season and a dry season. Rainfall ranges from 500 to 1000 mm per year.

Rainy season (May to September)
Temperatures are mild (26°) and rainfall is moderate. Sunshine is low because the sky is often cloudy.

Dry season (October to April)
Temperatures are mild (they drop to 15° in January) and rainfall is very low or nonexistent.

The northern mountains
The mountains located in the north of Bhutan have an alpine climate. Rainfall is low (300 mm per year) and the peaks are permanently snow-capped.

Winter (December to February)
Temperatures are low (0°) and snow falls steadily beyond 3 000 meters. Violent winds frequently blow.

Spring (March to April)
Temperatures rise.

Summer (May to September)
Temperatures rarely exceed 10°.

Autumn (October to November)
Temperatures fall progressively and snow starts to fall.

 When to go to Bhutan (pleasant climate) 
The climate of Bhutan is pleasant during the following months :

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

 

Weather

(main cities) 
Average temperatures and rainfall

Thimphu (Capital of Bhutan)

Temp
January
February
March
April
May
June
max
12°
14°
16°
20°
22°
24°
min
-3°
13°
15°
Temp
July
August
September
October
November
December
max
19°
25°
23°
22°
18°
14°
min
13°
16°
15°
10°
-1°

Rain
January
February
March
April
May
June
mm
10
40
20
60
120
250
Rain
July
August
September
October
November
December
mm
370
340
150
40
10
...

Punakha

Temp
January
February
March
April
May
June
max
16°
20°
21°
24°
27°
31°
min
12°
15°
19°
Temp
July
August
September
October
November
December
max
32°
31°
30°
28°
22°
15°
min
22°
20°
20°
19°
13°

Weather data (temperatures and precipitation) for Bhutan are derived from monthly averages established over the last twenty years.

Bhutan weather (more cities)


 Quick facts 
Bhutan, a country located in Southeast Asia, is bordered by China to the north and by India to the south.

Capital: Thimphu
Area: 47 000 kmē
Population: 750 000 inhabitants
Language: Dzongkha
Currency: Ngultrum

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