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Thu, 24 Jul 2014. Last updated Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:42

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Ho Chi Minh City weather is typified by the tropical monsoon climate with two distinct seasons: rainy season from May to November and dry season from December to April. The average temperature here is 27 degrees Celsius with high humidity and rainfall.


Located in the tropical savanna climate, Ho Chi Minh City weather do not have four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter; rainy season and dry season, instead. The weather here is typified with high temperature and rainfall throughout the year (less dry in rainy season). In Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), the rainy season begins from May to November with hot humid weather, and high temperature and precipitation. Dry season runs from December to April with dry cool weather, and moderate rainfall abd lower temperature. Averagely, in Ho Chi Minh City, there are 160 – 270 hours of sunshine per month. The average temperature is 27 ° C, the highest temperature is recorded up to 40 °C,while the lowest one is 13.8 ° C. Each year, the city has 330 days having the average temperature from 25 to 28 °C.

The average rainfall reaches 1,949 mm per year. The city has 159 days of rain per year, in months from May to November, comprising about 90%, especially in June and September. Through the city, rainfall is unevenly distributed. Urban districts and districts in the north have a higher rainfall level than other areas. Saigon weather is influenced by two main wind direction: west – southwest and north – northeast monsoons. In rainy season, the latter monsoon flows from the Indian Ocean with an average speed of 3.6 m/. In dry season, the former monsoon runs from the South China Sea with an average speed of 2.4 m/s. Levels of precipitation and humidity in this city are high during the rainy season (80%), and low in dry season (74.5%). The average humidity reaches 79.5% per year. In overall, Ho Chi Minh City weather is under the tie-style of the weather in Southeast Vietnam without typhoons.


Ho Chi Minh weather by month


Turtle Lake in Saigon in spring


In dry season (from December to April), climate in Ho Chi Minh City is classified by temperate humidity and moderate temperature. To specify, in December, Saigon generally enjoys a warm weather with temperature between 22° and 33°C, and an average humidity of 77%. In January, the weather is usually portrayed by lower temperature days than in December (around 22°C, even fall to 20°C). Hardly does the temperature reaches 24°C in this month. Meanwhile, the dew point is rarely below 15°C. In February, the average temperature is 27°C. The highest temperature is 32°C and the lowest one is 22°C; the humidity is 70% and the precipitation is 10mm. February is the driest month in Ho Chi Minh. Drizzle usually occurs in early February. In the mid of the month, there are light rains. Ho Chi Minh weather in March is warm and quite dry. The temperature ranges from 23 to 33 °C. The precipitation in March is still low with a little rain and the humidity varies from 70% - 80%b. In April, Ho Chi Minh City witnesses a higher temperature range (about 34°C in all days of this month). Notably, the temperature in this month always exceeds 33°C, and rarely falls below 33°C. The precipitation in the month of April is higher. It rains mostly at the end of this month. In April, weather in Saigon is warmer and more humid. The median cloud may range from 43% to 54%.


Saigon in a rainy day


In rainy season (from May to November), weather in Ho Chi Minh City is characterized by high temperature and humidity. In May, the average temperature is about 30 degree Celsius. The humidity is relative with 76%. The precipitation is about 200mm. The average temperature in June reaches to 28.5°C with the lowest temperature of 24°C and the highest one of 33°C. The average humidity is 83% and the precipitation is 325 mm, due to heavy rains. The month of July has the same climatic conditions of previous months. The temperature varies from 24 to 33°C and the humidity of 83%. Despite of high temperature, weather in HCMC is cool by dint of rainfall. There are thunderstorms found in this month. The humidity of Ho Chi Minh City is estimated to be about 63%, even 97% in mid-July. The humidity seldom falls below 55%. In August, the temperature is stably ranges from 24°C to 33°C. The humidity is also quite high, reaching up to 84%. In the months of September October and November, Hanoi is probably undergoes beautiful autumn weather with warm sunshine and gentle breeze. Meanwhile, weather in Ho Chi Minh is experiencing hot and humid period. The temperature ranges from 24 to 33 °C and the humidity of 85%. The precipitation is about 325 mm due to heavy rains. Yet, the month of November witnesses a fall in temperature and rainfall, but the humidity is still high.


Best time to travel Ho Chi Minh City


Summer in Saigon - Saigon Notre Dame Basilica (photo by Jean-Marie Hullot)


Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most-visited destinations in Vietnam. It is believed that Ho Chi Minh City is suitable to travel all year round. If traveling this city in from December to April, people will generally enjoy the warm sunshine, moderate temperature, and less rains. In early months of a year, you will have a pleasant journey with interesting activities without hesitation of always sweating such as visiting big markets and doing shopping. In January, it is considered the time when Saigon is at its best with mild weather and colorful flowers blooming. During this time, there are also many exciting festivals and cultural activities such as Vietnamese Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival.

If traveling here in rainy season, you still find this city so attractive, especially for those who love heavy but short rains. In June, you will find that most of the day in this month is filled with sunshine and the tourists still have the option to go around and join festivals occurring in the city such as Vietnam Reunification Day (April 30th), May Day (May 1st), and Vietnam National Day ( September 2nd). Such services as transportation and restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City on these days may be a little scantier for visitors, especially in nearby retreating places like Nha Trang, Mui Ne and Dalat. In short, if you want to enjoy a comfortable holiday in Saigon, you should visit between December and April which is seen as the best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City. Otherwise, if you adore a budget trip, the period of May - September is the best choice.

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