January – April: This period sees a huge range in temperature with January being the regions coldest month (Averages of 23°C and lows of 15°C) whilst April is traditionally Mandalay’s hottest month with temperatures regularly exceeding 40°C. Rain throughout the period is low with minimal rain falling throughout the early months of the year and a slight increases as the year reaches April and the approaching monsoon begins to make its presence known. Humidity during this period is also at an annual low with January – March having almost 0% Humidity whilst April has the still relatively low figure of 26%.
May-October: Although the monsoon season in central Myanmar is by no means the heaviest in south East Asia it is one of the longest spanning six months. Abnormally there is a lull in the rain around the month of July with averages of just 90mm whilst May and October have 140mm and 120mm respectively. Temperatures however follow a more normal pattern with an average of 34°C in May steadily declining until it reaches 27°C degrees in October. Humidity throughout this period can be extreme with highs of 100% humidity throughout July and August.
November – December: With 60 mm of rain November is, by Myanmar’s standards, certainly not one of the driest months, however cooler temperatures of around 26°C, Clearer skies and lower humidity levels mean that it definitely signifies the end of the bad summer weather. December sees very little rain and much like January has cool clear days of around 22°C.