New Delhi Weather Guide
New Delhi has a humid subtropical climate where the summers are very hot and extra long, winters are relatively dry and cool and on top of the monsoon period, the city also experiences dust storms in the peak of the dry summer. Temps range from 25 degrees to 45 degrees Celsius during the summer and down to 5 degrees during the winter. The best time to visit New Delhi is from October to March.
Season and Clothing
Summer: April to June
Delhi's proximity to the Thar Desert results in hot, dry continental winds. Called loo, these winds blow across from the West Asian mainland and make the days feel hotter. So, what do you do when the heat is drying your eyes out? You head to New Delhi’s many incredible temples and museums; the National Gandhi Museum, Lotus Temple and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib are all worth a visit. In early May, Buddha Jayanti (Triple Blessed Festival) takes place to celebrate the birth of Buddha.
Average temperatures: 25 – 45 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Lightweight pants, t-shirts and dresses that cover your shoulders and chest (India is a modest country), sandals, thongs and lightweight sandshoes.
Don’t forget: A hat, SPF50+ sunscreen, sunnies, swimwear and an umbrella for evening storms.
Monsoon Season: July to September
Monsoon winds arrive in New Delhi by either the end of June or the first week of July, and with them comes high levels of humidity and heat. August is New Delhi's wettest month, but thankfully the heat is considerably reduced. If you’re a fan of the mango fruit, mid-July is the time for you to visit New Delhi for one of the most popular and famous events – Mango Festival! A celebration of the mighty fruit, there’ll be mango lassis all round! Head to the Red Fort on August 15 and help India celebrate the anniversary of its Independence Day from British rule back in 1947.
Average temperatures: 30 – 35 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Lightweight pants, t-shirts and dresses that cover your shoulders and chest, sandals, thongs and lightweight sandshoes.
Don’t forget: A raincoat and umbrella.
Autumn: October to November
Autumn marks the end of monsoon season in New Delhi, and the days are dry and warm and the nights are pleasant. October is the perfect time to be in New Delhi as it’s full of festivals; Gandhi Jayanthi on October 2 is a public holiday that celebrates the birth of Gandhi. Deepavaali (Festival of Lights) happens every October and November and wandering the illuminated streets decorated with strings of lights and colourful candles is the perfect way to spend an autumn evening.
Average temperatures: 20 – 30 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Jeans, t-shirts and dresses that cover your shoulders and chest, sandals for warm days and sensible boots for cooler weather.
Don’t forget: A lightweight jacket for when the temperature drops.
Winter: December to January
Winter arrives in New Delhi in late November or early December. While the cold does slowly creep in, it rarely drops below zero and snow is practically impossible. Still, you will experience cold northwesterly winds from the upper reaches of the Himalayas. If you’re around on January 13, you can take part in Lohri, the festival to celebrate the end of winter with nightly bonfires and singing in the streets.
Average temperatures: 5 – 25 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: A mix of cool and warm weather options – be prepared to layer. Pack jeans, thermals, woollen clothing, a good jacket and sensible boots.
Don’t forget: A scarf, beanie and gloves.
Spring: February to March
Spring in New Delhi and the transition from winter to summer is characterised by warm, sunny days and cool nights. In February, expect some heavy rain. If you’re a single lady, you might want to say some prayers and fast during the day throughout March for the Maha Shivratri festival so that the Lord Shiva may grant you a good husband. Hey, could be better than online dating!
Average temperatures: 20 – 25 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: A mix of cool and warm weather options – be prepared to layer. Pack jeans, light woollen clothing, sandals for warm days and sensible boots for cooler weather.
Don’t forget: An umbrella.