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Climate Conditions in Laos

The climate throughout Laos is tropical and monsoonal. There are three seasons with some variations between the North and the South. It is rainy and wet between May and October/November and dry between November/December and April.

The hot dry season follows through May. And toward the end of this period, there is high humidity and thunderstorms. Temperature can reach 104 degrees Fahrenheit. It rains more in the North than in the South.

The cool dry season occurs from November to January. In the Mekong valley, temperature can drop to 45 degrees Fahrenheit and the Mountainís temperatures can drop to 0 degrees (freezing) or lower at night. Humidity is low at this time of the year and most Tourists consider it the best time to travel to Laos.

The wet season generally lasts from June until October. It is typified by a consistent pattern of low clouds and rain. Flooding occurs along the Mekong River and some tributaries.
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The average rainfall in the capital Vientiane is 1,700 mm, although in the north of Laos and the highlands it is wetter, with more than 3,000 mm each year.

Vientianeís rainfall per month.

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Avg. Temperature

76

78

83

85

84

84

83

82

82

82

79

75

Avg. Max Temperature

84

86

91

93

90

89

88

87

87

88

86

83

Avg. Min Temperature

64

66

72

76

77

77

77

76

75

74

69

64

Avg. Rain Days

0

0

2

3

6

9

8

10

8

3

1

0

Avg. Snow Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Lightweight clothes and rainwear are appropriate for wet seasons; however,

 

a sweater is a good idea for winter and in the upland areas.

 

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