Weather and Climate Guide
Myanmar is a country of unparalleled beauty, boasting incredible temples, lush jungles and spectacular views. But When is the best time to visit Myanmar? Understanding the climate data of Myanmar can help you to plan the perfect trip to this wonderful nation. Read here for more information about what to expect from the weather in Myanmar.
Weather and Climate of Myanmar
Myanmar has a tropical monsoon climate. It experiences three distinct seasons: hot season (March-May), rainy season (June-October), and cool season (November-February). The hottest months are April and May when temperatures can exceed 37 degrees Celsius during the day. In the cooler months, temperatures range from 15-30 degrees Celsius.
From November to February, temperatures are relatively cool and dry, making it the ideal time of year for sightseeing and outdoor activities. However, if you’re planning on visiting during these months, be sure to pack warm clothing as temperatures can drop quite low at night in some places such as Shan State, Nay Pyi Taw, Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin and Kachin State.
March to May marks Myanmar’s hot season - temperatures can soar above 40°C (104°F) during the day. It is advised that people travelling during this time should stick to shaded areas or indoor activities such as exploring pagodas or museums. UV rays are present throughout the year, but they’re stronger during summertime. A good quality UV protection lotion will help to fight against UV rays. So, before heading out for a day in the sun, make sure to apply UV protection lotion on your skin to have a fun and safe day.
The rainy season runs from June to October—it is important to keep in mind that some parts of the country experience heavy rainfall during this period, making transportation inconvenient and outdoor activities difficult. Despite this, many travellers still choose to visit during these months because it is also when prices are lowest due to decreased demand.
Regional Guide according to Myanmar’s Weather
Yangon experiences a tropical monsoon climate with high humidity throughout the year. The city has three distinct seasons - a hot and dry season from February to May, a rainy season from May to October, and a relatively cool and dry season from November to January. The monsoon season brings heavy rainfall, occasional thunderstorms, and strong winds. Despite the monsoon rains, the average temperature remains relatively stable across the year, with temperatures consistently hovering around 30°C temperature. Visitors to Yangon are advised to pack flexible clothing that can withstand the occasional downpour while remaining comfortable in the humidity. Despite the weather, Yangon remains a vibrant city to explore, with historic sites, vibrant markets, and delicious food to enjoy.
Mandalay is a city in Myanmar known for its hot and dry weather. The annual average temperature in Mandalay ranges from 27-36°C temperature, making it one of the hottest cities in the country. The city experiences two distinct seasons - the dry season from October to April and the rainy season from May to September. During the dry season, temperatures can soar up to 40°C temperature while the rainy season brings much-needed relief with occasional thunderstorms and rainfall. Visitors to Mandalay should prepare for the weather and bring appropriate clothing, hats, and sunscreen to protect themselves from the intense heat. Despite its reputation for being hot, Mandalay's weather and climate have not deterred visitors from exploring the city's rich cultural heritage and beautiful attractions.
Bagan, located in central dry zone of Myanmar, experiences a tropical savanna climate with distinct dry and wet seasons. The months from November to February are the coolest and driest, making it the peak tourist season offering a more temperate climate, with temperatures ranging from 15 to 30 degrees Celsius. March to May is the hottest time of the year, with temperatures soaring up to 38°C. The rainy season lasts from June to October with heavy rainfall occurring in August and September. Despite the wet season, Bagan's captivating landscapes and majestic temples can be enjoyed year-round, with a unique charm to every season. Additionally, travelers can take advantage of the lower crowds and off-peak deals during the rainy season. So be it the cool winter breeze, the balmy summer nights or the smell of fresh rain, Bagan's weather and climate have something enchanting for everyone.
The North & Eastern Regions
In contrast to Yangon, further north in Myanmar’s Shan State and Kachin State are generally cooler due to their higher elevation levels. Temperatures here range from around 22°C during the day and down to around 10°C at night—even colder when you move up into mountain areas like Inle Lake or Kalaw. The weather remains relatively dry year-round and provides great conditions for trekking and outdoor activities. The best time to visit Shan State is between November to February when the weather is cool and dry, making it perfect for sightseeing and outdoor activities like cycling, trekking, and kayaking. The temperature in Inlay ranges between 10°C and 25°C, and there is a higher chance of rain throughout the year. However, the rainy season (June to September) can be an ideal time for those who want to avoid crowds and experience a lush green landscape.
The Coastal Region
The coastal region of Myanmar, specifically Tanintharyi, is known for its tropical weather and unique climate. With temperatures ranging from 25 to 32 degrees temperature, the area sees a high amount of rainfall throughout the year. This weather pattern allows lush vegetation and diverse wildlife to thrive in the region. The monsoon season from May to October brings heavy rainfall and strong winds, while the dry season from November to April sees clearer skies and milder temperatures. The Tanintharyi region is also home to numerous islands with stunning white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, making it a popular destination for travelers seeking a tropical paradise.
All in all, the weather in Myanmar varies significantly throughout the year—there really is no one perfect time for a visit. That being said, if you’re looking for cooler temperature and fewer crowds then November through to February are the best time; alternatively, if you’re looking for cheaper prices and don’t mind a little bit of rainfall then June through to October could be a great choice too.
No matter what time you decide to visit Myanmar, make sure that you prepare yourself well with suitable clothes for different climatic conditions across three seasons in this beautiful country.