Bangkok Weather and Climate Information

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Bangkok monsoon seasonBangkok is said to have a tropical climate, so for most westerners, this translates to “hot,” “really hot,” and “really hot and wet.”  The Thais divide the year into three seasons that they call cool season, hot season, and rainy season. Temperatures in the city rarely drop below 25° C (70° F). The months of October until February are considered to be favorable for tourists.

The cool season runs from December to March, although there’s usually just one week in December when temperatures in Bangkok are actually comfortable. Temperatures dip down to a few centigrade in these months and normal life is affected only a little.

The heat in Bangkok begins to increase soon after the New Year and by April or May, it can be almost unbearably hot and humid. One of Thailand’s most celebrated festivals – Songkran, takes place in April and involves lots of water throwing to cool down. Temperatures are at the peak during the months of April and May, and it is very hot and sticky due to the increased sea winds. Later months of the year face a gradual fall in temperature.

Bangkok Annual Temperature Chart

The Bangkok rainy season, which coincides with the European and North American summers, is characterized by heavy downpours and not so favorable for tourists. During the rainy season, there are extremely heavy downpours, but they generally only last for an hour or so in the afternoon. Bangkok  annually records a maximum of 340 mm a year. Months of May and June to October experience very heavy rains. The rain cools down the high temperatures and cleans the air nicely that can be really relaxing after the heat. With the temperatures touching the peak, the rain is not cold. Most of the times, it can be just like a warm shower.

Bangkok Annual Rainfall Chart

June to September experiences plenty of sunshine and is much cooler with the temperatures ranging around 24-28° C, but is the season for rain and is really refreshing. This has a lot of advantages like less visitors and better hotel rates.

Best time to visit is from October until February when temperature ranges around 25- 28° C with light breezes and only the occasional showers.


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