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Weather and Climate in Chennai

Weather and Climate in Chennai

The geographical location determines the weather and climate in Chennai. The close proximity to the sea and the thermal equator makes the climate and weather in Chennai relatively consistent with less variation in the seasonal temperature. The weather in Chennai is mostly hot and humid.

Experiencing the 3 major seasons namely summers, monsoons and winters, the city of Chennai has a tropical climate. The months of April to June are the hottest months in Chennai. The maximum temperature during these months vary from 38-42 °C thus making Chennai very hot. However the cooling breeze at night comes as a relief to the residents of Chennai.

The arrival of the Northeast Monsoon Winds marks the advent of the Monsoon in Chennai. The season of Monsoons consist of the months of June to September. The pleasant shower of rain come as a delight and is welcomed by all. The average moderate rainfall received by the city of Chennai all through the year is about 1,300 mm.

The winters in Chennai are for a short period of time. The months of November to February enjoys the winter season. Winters are the most comfortable and pleasant time in Chennai. During the winter months, Madras has an average moderate temperature of around 24o C and the minimum temperature is around 20o C. Moderate rainfall is also received in the winter months by the capital city of Tamil Nadu. This makes the weather and climate in Chennai pleasurable as well as comfortable.

The lowest temperature that has been recorded in Chennai is 15.8 °C (60.4 °F) while the highest temperature being recorded as 45 °C (113 °F). The highest yearly rainfall in the city has been recorded to be 2,570 mm (101 in) in 2005. The Cyclones forming in the Bay of Bengal affects the city of Chennai sometimes. The winds that prevail in Chennai in between April and October are the southwesterly wind while the remaining year experiences the northeasterly winds.

The best time to visit the city of Madras or Chennai is in the months of November to February as the climate and weather in Chennai in these months are pleasant and comfortable and perfect for touring and exploring the city.a