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Temperature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FOUR SEASONS

Bhutan has a season for everyone. The kingdom stretches across all climatic zones; from the sub-tropical jungles in the south, to the moderate heights of 2000-2500 meters in the center and up to the alpine world of the towering Himalayas and glaciers of the north.

 

  • Winter has its moments. The days are full of sunshine while the evenings can turn chilly. The winter landscapes lay bare the majesty of the mountains and the sweeping valleys. Soft turtfs of cloud drape lazily over mountains tops as if waiting for new life to blow it across the landscape.
     

  • Spring is a botanist’s delight as rhododendrons, wild azaleas, and masses of wildflowers including the edelweiss cover the meadows like carpet. Pear and apple blossoms add a dainty touch to the valleys as their pink and white blooms add a sense of new wonder to the land that is about to burst with abundant growth again.
     

  • Summer is an abundant time of the year as flowers are in bloom and valleys are covered in green, weeping willows sweeps the banks of many of the rivers and the pine cone glisten in the sun, so full with rasin they are ready to plummet to the ground.
     

  • Autumn casts a bright golden glow on the vast landscape and is one of the most crowed time of the year for tourism in Bhutan. The rice fields ripen to a golden brown under crisp blue skies. The merry pink and white of cosmos flowers dot the countryside. Temperatures in the central valleys do not normally exceed 30degree Celsius in the summers and in the winters around 15 degrees Celsius during the day.

 

The table below shows the average temperature variations throughout the year.

MONTHLY MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM  AVERAGE TEMPERATURE (DEGREE CELSIUS) BY DZONGKHAG, BHUTAN.
                      (Degree Celsius)
Dzongkhag Tempe-rature Month Average
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Bumthang max 14 13 17 19 20 22 23 23 22 19 15 14 18
min -6 -2 3 7 10 13 14 14 12 10 4 -5 6
Ave 4   10 13 15 17 19 18 17 15 10 5 12
Chhukha max 14 19 21 24 24 26 26 26 26 26 22 18 23
min 6 7 11 15 15 18 18 18 17 15 11 7 13
Ave 10 13 16 19 20 22 22 22 22 21 17 13 18
Gasa max 10 10 13 18 19 18 19 19 19 16 14 11 15
min -2 0 2 8 8 9 9 12 10 8 1 2 6
Ave 4 5 7 13 14 13 14 15 15 12 7 6 10
Haa Namjayling max 14 13 17 19 19 20 22 22 20 18 15 11 17
min -8 -5 1 5 8 12 13 13 11 5 1 -5 4
Ave 3 4 9 12 14 16 18 17 15 11 8 3 11
Lhuentse max 18 20 22 25 25 26 25 26 25 24 21 16 23
min 8 10 15 17 19 21 21 21 20 17 13 8 16
Ave 13 15 18 21 22 23 23 24 23 21 17 12 19
Monggar max 18 18 21 24 22 25 24 25 24 22 20 18 22
min 7 6 11 13 10 15 16 16 15 12 10 5 11
Ave 12 12 16 18 16 20 20 21 19 17 15 11 16
Punakha max 18 14 16 19 26 31 33 31 31 29 25 23 25
min 5 1 6 9 14 21 22 22 21 18 14 6 14
  12 8 11 14 20 26 27 27 26 24 20 15 19
Paro max 15 14 20 23 23 25 24 25 24 20 17 15 20
min 0 -2 5 8 11 13 15 15 13 9 5 -3 7
Ave 8 6 12 15 17 19 20 20 19 15 11 6 14
Samdrup Jongkhar max 21 20 23 23 24 25 26 26 25 25 23 21 24
min 12 13 17 18 20 21 22 22 21 19 16 12 18
Ave 16 17 20 21 22 23 24 24 23 22 19 16 21
Thimphu max 18 18 22 24 23 26 25 26 25 23 19 19 22
min -2 1 5 9 12 16 17 17 15 10 6 -2 9
Ave 8 9 13 16 17 21 21 21 20 16 13 8 15
Trashigang max 19 19 22 24 25 26 26 27 26 24 21 18 23
min 6 7 11 14 15 17 18 18 17 14 10 7 13
Ave 12 13 16 19 20 21 22 23 21 19 15 12 18
Trashi Yangtse max 16 17 21 21 22 25 25 25 25 23 20 17 21
min 1 6 8 11 13 16 17 17 16 11 8 0 10
Ave 8 11 15 16 18 20 21 21 20 17 14 9 16
Trongsa max 17 16 19 21 21 22 23 24 22 21 17 17 20
min 1 3 8 10 12 15 17 17 15 11 8 2 10
Ave 9 10 13 15 17 19 20 20 19 16 12 9 15
Wangdue Phodrang max 23 22 25 29 29 30 30 30 29 28 25 22 27
min 4 8 13 16 18 21 21 21 20 17 12 5 15
Ave 13 15 19 22 24 25 26 26 24 22 19 14 21
Zhemgang max 15 14 18 21 21 23 23 23 23 21 18 15 20
min 5 6 10 13 15 17 18 17 16 13 10 5 12
Ave 10 10 14 17 18 20 20 20 20 17 14 10 16
Source : Metrology Section, Department of Energy, MoEA,Thimphu.              
                             

The monsoon usually arrives in mid-June, with light rain falling mainly in the afternoons and evenings. At the end of September, after the last of the big rains, autumn suddenly arrives with very little rain and is a magnificent season for trekking until November.