Vietnam Country Guide

Climate

 
 
Northern Region
The Northern Region has four distinct seasons. Winters are comparatively chilly and temperatures can dip below 15°C (59°F) in Hanoi. Summers are hot and wet with pleasant weather in spring (March-April) and autumn (October-December). However, in the highlands both extremes are amplified, with occasional snow in winter and temperatures hitting 40°C (104°F) in summer.

 
 
 
 
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Highland of Northern Vietnam by Jens Weckmann

Central Region
In the Central Region, the Hai Van Pass separates the region into the north and south with different weather patterns. The north experiences hot summers and cooler winters while the south experiences milder conditions. The Northeast Monsoon (September - February) hitting the Central Region often brings in strong winds, large sea swells and rain, making the region a difficult time to travel during this period.

Beach in Central Vietnam by ruben

Southern Region
The southern region has three somewhat distinct seasons. Hot and dry from March to May/June; rainy from June/July to November; and cool and dry from December to February. April is the hottest month, with mid-day temperatures of 33°C (91°F) on most days. During the rainy season, downpours can happen every afternoon and occasional street flooding occurs. Temperatures range from stifling hot before a rainstorm to pleasantly cool afterwards - mosquitoes are most numerous in the rainy season. December to February is the most pleasant time to visit, with cool evenings down to around 20°C (68°F).

 
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