Understanding Climate of Mumbai

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For those thinking of shifting or visiting a new city for various reasons, it makes sense to see how the climate of the city is like. It helps you to prepare in advance as you can carry necessary essentials before you land in the city. For some people, climate is a major factor based on which they decide whether to shift to a particular place or not. We would give you a good picture to understand climate of Mumbai.

Climate of Mumbai

Mumbai, the economic capital of India, is located right near the Arabian Sea. Its also called an Island city. Hence, there is good humidity in the city. The overall climate of mumbai can be said to be moderately hot with high humidity. The winters are cool and sunny here.

What are the main seasons in Mumbai?

Broadly speaking, the city of Mumbai has 3 main seasons: Summer, Winter and Rainy Season.

  • Summer : February, March, April, May
  • Rainy: June, July, August, September
  • Winter: October, November, December, January

Although, we have classified October and November as Winter months, they are more like a transition period from rainy season to winter season and are not cold.
The rains starts in June and ends in September, during which the rains are heaviest in July with an average 800mm precipitation. The humidity is maximum during rainy season and is around 80%.
The winters are relatively cold with temperatures falling the most in January. The minimum temperatures in January hover between 10 to 15 °C.
For those coming from Colder geographies, summer is something that would need a little adjustment as the mercury rises up to a maximum of 40 °C during this period. The hottest month is May.
It never snows in Mumbai, which is obviously very much obvious from the range of temperatures listed above.

What are the highest and lowest temperatures ever recorded in Mumbai?

Even without reading all the details on the page and just looking at the maximum and minimum temperatures ever recorded, one can understand how the climate of mumbai would be.

  • Lowest temperature recorded ever : 7.4 °C
  • Highest temperature recorded ever : 42.2 °C

How does the avg temperature in Mumbai varies through the year ?

Climate of Mumbai by temperature graph
Mumbai Temperature Variance Graph

Best Time to Visit Mumbai

 Which Months are NOT Good and Why

Before we tell you which is the best time to visit, we would first tell you what is not the best time. June to September is not the best of times to visit the city as the city experiences high rainfall in these months with peak rainfall in the month of July. June and August also receive good amount of rainfall. September receives the least among the 4 months of monsoon. In monsoon, the roads are flooded and there is a lot of traffic at many places. Even the trains and other public transport are hit during very heavy rainfalls. Climate of Mumbai is least favourable for travel in the months from June to September inclusive of both.

Which Months are the Best

October to March are the best of the months to be in Mumbai. The ideal climate and best weather for travel can be seen from November to February as these months mark the winter season. October and March are also good apart from the fact that it can be a little hot compared to winter season. April and May falls under the summer season with peak summer in the month of May. So, you can visit the city in April and May, if you are tolerant to maximum temperatures of around 35 degree Celsius. As a Conclusion, we can say that the climate of mumbai is great from November to February.

 

Month Wise Classification and Recommendation Table 

 Month Type Recommendation
 January Cold Yes
 February Mild Yes
 March Hot Ok
 April Hot Ok
 May Very Hot No
 June Very Hot and Rains No
 July Very Heavy Rains No
 August Heavy Rains No
 September Rains No
 October Mild Ok
 November Cool Yes
 December Cold Yes

Useful Links :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_of_Mumbai 

http://www.mumbai.org.uk/climate.html 

http://theory.tifr.res.in/bombay/physical/climate/ 

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