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Weather & Climate

Myanmar Weather & Climate

Weather & Climate:  Myanmar has a tropical monsoon climate with three seasons: hot season (March through April), rainy season (May through September) and the cool season (November through February). The northeast monsoon lasts from November to April, bringing the cooler dry season and the southwest monsoon, which blows off the Indian Ocean and lasts from May to September or October, heralding the hotter wet season. The very best months to visit Myanmar are from November to February, although this is also the busiest time when securing accommodation can become problematic. However, a visit in the ‘green season’ (the months immediately either side of these high season dates) can reward those looking to explore key sites in more solitude.

Average Temperature:   Generally, the northern region of Myanmar like Kachin State is at a higher altitude with the coolest, with average temperatures of 21 °C (70 °F). Lower central and south, coastal and delta regions have an average maximum temperature of 32 °C (89.6 °F). Overall, the best time to visit Myanmar is between November and April when it is sunny, dry, and cooler but most importantly, it is a festival season – a wonderful time to visit.

Clothing:  Lightweight cotton and linens are recommended through most of the year while a light raincoat and umbrella is needed during the rainy season. If you are traveling to higher altitudes, particularly in hilly areas and further north, warmer clothes are advised for cooler season and some evenings as the nights can get cold.