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How is the weather in Bangalore?

Discussion in 'Karnataka' started by SBatra, Dec 31, 2016.

  1. SBatra

    SBatra New Member

    I am soon going to be transferred to Bangalore for work for 6 months, and I would like to know how the weather is in Bangalore so I can take clothes according to the weather.

    I don't want it to be very hot, as I am dreading that!
     


  2. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hello, welcome to the forum!

    Bangalore-weather.

    Overview

    Did you know that Bangalore is about 920 metres above sea level? With its higher elevation, it's inevitable that the city has milder climate conditions as compared to other metro cities. Aside from that, Bangalore has a unique position in South India, as it is equally in the middle of both western and southern coasts of the region. Thus, it is neither too close nor too far from the coastline, so it isn't affected much by the humidity that other cities like Mumbai and Chennai have. Yet another plus point for the city of Bangalore is that it lies under the Tropic of Cancer, so it doesn't have extreme weather fluctuations during the year. And finally, Bangalore is also affected by both the southeast and northeast monsoon all throughout the year, hence it has unexpected rain showers that somehow lend to the lush greenery and cooler temperatures around the city.

    Bangalore - A Breakdown of its Climate and Weather Throughout the Year

    We can divide Bangalore's climate into three categories, namely: winter, summer and monsoon. The weather in Bangalore doesn't suffer from extreme variations unlike the city of Delhi, which has extreme summers and winters. Below, we would discuss more about these different seasons and what clothes you should be expecting for each of them.

    1. Winter (November to February)

    Winter.
    (Image from Shashank Bhagat)

    The winter season extends from November to February. This is considered as the coldest season of Bangalore. The month of November has the higher temperatures, averaging around 20°C to 26°C. As December sets in, temperatures go even lower, averaging around 17°C to 25°C. January is considered as the coldest month of the season and also the year, with temperatures around 15°C to 25°C. As February sets in, temperatures go slightly higher, between 17°C to 30°C. Days are usually clear and sunny with very mild temperatures while nights are quite cold and chilly. Rainfall is scanty during this season so there's much less need for rain gears. You might need a bit of covering though like light jackets and scarves. During night time, you can snuggle under the blanket without any air-conditioning at all during this season. If you want to explore the city, you can embark in visits around the Innovative Film City or even in heritage sites like the Tipu Sultan Fort and Palace and Vidhana Soudha & Attara Kacheri. On the other hand, if you're a devout Hindu, you can also participate for darshans in religious sites like the ISKCON Temple and Dodda Ganapathi Temple.
    • Average Temperatures - 15°C to 30°C
    • Clothes to Wear - Light Jackets and Scarves
    2. Summer (March to May)

    Summer_2.
    (Image from Swaminathan)

    The summer season extends from March to May. This is considered as the hottest season of Bangalore. March has temperatures ranging between 20°C to 33°C. It is considered as the beginning of the summer season in the city. With the onset of the months of April and May, temperatures can reach 35°C and sometimes, even higher. Rainfall is also very scanty during this time and the heat can be a bit uncomfortable during day time. As night time crawls in, temperatures become slightly lower as compared to the day time temperatures. You won't need much covering during this season, light cotton clothes would suffice. You can, however, utilise sun covers such as hats, shades and of course, sunscreen during this time. It's also advisable to stay hydrated to avoid the consequences of dehydration. During the past, summers in Bangalore were very mild that even shops and establishments didn't need electric fans nor air conditioning. However, with the advent of climate change, summers are quite warm in Bangalore today though still comparatively better as compared to other Indian metro cities. Get some respite from the heat by visiting air-conditioned sites in Bangalore like the Phoenix Market City and Orion Mall. Alternatively, you can embrace the heat by visiting the Wonderla Amusement Park with your friends or loved ones too. Or venture into the Bannerghatta National Park, where you can spot wild animals right at the vicinity of the city of Bangalore.
    • Average Temperatures - 20°C to 35°C
    • Clothes to Wear - Light Cotton Clothes and Sun Gears
    3. Monsoon (June to October)

    Monsoon_1.
    (Image from Ashwin Kumar)

    The monsoon season extends from June to October. This is the last season of Bangalore and also the wettest. Actually, by the end of May, rain showers already begin to plague the city. As June sets in, temperatures begin to get lower, at around 22°C to 33°C. Rain showers start to occur too, though they're not as heavy still. The months of July, August, September and October are the wettest months, with temperatures below 30°C. Rain showers occur during the late afternoon and also until evening. Thus, you can still roam around the city comfortably during the day as early mornings and early afternoons are sunny and clear. It's still advisable though to bring some rain essentials such as umbrellas, rain coats and also wear rain-ready shoes. The city becomes greener during this time though and you can explore the numerous parks around like Cubbon Park, Lumbini Gardens and JP Park. The water reservoirs around Bangalore like the Sankey Tank, Ulsoor Lake and Hebbal Lake also become fuller during this time.
    • Average Temperatures - 22°C to 33°C
    • Clothes to Wear - Rain Essentials (Umbrella, Rain Coat and Boots)
    Conclusion

    Bangalore is one of the few cities in India that experiences moderate climate all-year round. Winters are cold, summers are warm but manageable and monsoons are beautifully green. As such, for those transferring to the city, you can enjoy the climate benefits of the city. It is, perhaps, one of the best aspects of living in the Silicon Valley of India. Enjoy and have fun while in Bangalore!

    :)
     

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