Chennai Climate & Weather

Current Weather in Chennai

partly-cloudy-day

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

Min

23°C

Max

30°C

Year Weather Chart

Jan

partly-cloudy-day

Min

23 °C

Max

29 °C

Feb

partly-cloudy-day

Min

22 °C

Max

31 °C

Mar

clear-day

Min

26 °C

Max

34 °C

Apr

clear-day

Min

28 °C

Max

36 °C

May

cloudy

Min

30 °C

Max

36 °C

Jun

rain

Min

27 °C

Max

35 °C

Jul

rain

Min

27 °C

Max

34 °C

Aug

rain

Min

27 °C

Max

33 °C

Sep

rain

Min

26 °C

Max

33 °C

Oct

rain

Min

26 °C

Max

32 °C

Nov

rain

Min

25 °C

Max

30 °C

Dec

partly-cloudy-night

Min

24 °C

Max

30 °C

Best Season / Best Time to Visit Chennai

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Located in the southern part of the country, Chennai has a tropical climate. Given the fact that the city is located very close to the equator and is a coastal area, the temperature more or less remains constant and does not vary much with changing seasons. The weather remains hot and humid almost throughout the year, except for the short winter during which time the mercury dips a little.

The summer starts around end of March and continues till June, with late-May to June being the hottest months. During this time, temperatures often cross 40° Celsius. In fact, the average maximum temperature is usually 38° Celsius to 42° Celsius which is testament of the heat the city experiences during the summer months. Due to its close proximity to the sea, the weather is warm and humid.

The southwest monsoons which bring in the rains throughout the country, doe not impact Chennai. So, there is not much rainfall during the traditional monsoon months of June to September. Rather, the city experiences late monsoons, usually during the months of October and November. It is in fact the northeast monsoons which bring in the eagerly anticipated rainfalls in the city.  Chennai receives an annual rainfall of 1300 mm. During the monsoons, the city is at times is hit by cyclones which are brought on by the Bay of Bengal.
The city enjoys a short winter with January being the coolest month when the temperatures dip to around 18 to 20° Celsius. During the winter months the people in Chennai enjoy the pleasant breeze and the slight chill in the evenings. During the winter months which last through November to February, the weather remains pleasant and the temperature remains around 20° Celsius.

The best season to visit Chennai is during the winter. In the month of January, the rains recede and the humidity goes does. At this time of the year, the weather is pleasant and visitors can enjoy the cool pleasant sea breeze that blow across the city.

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