Climate in Delhi: how it feels?

The climate in Delhi is very peculiar.

The hottest months here are from April until June – they are considered to be a summer. At this time temperature in the city is about +42-45 degrees (Celsius). In this time there are holidays for schoolchildren and college students, though not whole 3 months but 1.5-2 months – different dates in different schools.

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During the whole July, August and usually  the first decade of September in Delhi lasts the rainy season, and it becomes little chillier, around +32-38. However, it does not rain here every day during rainy season, unlike in the south of India. But after rainy season the heat comes back for some time, although not such a heat like in April-May.

From about middle of November to early December and until the middle of February in Delhi lasts the season of “winter.” Local winters are quite warm, they have a temperature of +15-22 degrees during the day, but at night it can reach +4-5. But due to the lack of central heating in buildings it feels quite cold.

In the remaining months in Delhi, there is something like an off season, +27-35 degrees. There is no clear division of seasons by dates in India, Indians do consider the season change when the weather actually changes, not from some certain date.

The climate of Delhi works well for agriculture – the fruits and vegetables grow here during the whole year. But the same climate works for mosquitoes and other insects to have around quite much time of the year as well: there is no mosquitoes only in the coldest and hottest months.

Because of the 9-month hot summers, people of Delhi love and wait for the winters a lot. However, in the cities of just 300-600 km away to the north from Delhi is colder, in winters there it can even snow – because of the mountainous climate. In Delhi it is never snowing.

The winter season is more attractive and popular for tourists visiting Delhi, because in +45 degrees Celsius heat it’s difficult to visit sights, but tickets to come here are more expensive usually in winters as well.

According to me good months for tourism in Delhi are also November and March: it is not not cold and not too hot, plus the biggest Indian Festivals do happen in this time: Diwali in November and Holi in March.

When you are from the cold country, living in Delhi climate can feel very unusual. Yes, of course, crazily hot in summers, but locals feel it the same way too. But not only: in your mind in September you already expect to wear sweaters and jackets, but in real you feel like never-ending summers, so you may feel some sort of nostalgia about it – here you won’t see the “golden autumn” and snowy winter following it, but winter as cold as your autumn, that won’t stay for long. Before you used to consider summers as fun, “beach season”, and were waiting for it – well, living in Delhi, you start waiting for winters, just like locals do. This makes you way more happy to wear your sweaters and you understand, why locals find them “very fashionable”.

In winters in Delhi you don’t expect the buildings to be cold from the inside because you are used to the central gas heating, but they are – often colder than outside. And instead you will have to put a heater that will heat just one room and burn a lot of electricity (same like air conditioner in all other seasons – electricity bills in Delhi weather turn out to be quite much more than in Russia, especially for big families and offices, but not only). You are much more afraid of mosquitoes because you don’t have malaria and dengue mosquitoes in your cold country, while locals pay attention to it but don’t consider it incurable, because they have, in fact, cure for them.

You forget what means cold rains, walking under rain or just sitting at home in blanket looking at the window with hot beverage (because in Delhi there is bars on almost every window and most of the rains happen in summers – but summer rains don’t create the same mood). You see locals waiting for rains and rainy season all the time (and you also start feeling so!) because they know it will chill the weather but you are amused that most of this people don’t usually take umbrellas and just want to wait until rain finishes and even use it as an excuse for getting late sometimes – while you know that they don’t even have cold rains like people in your country do, and you remember getting late not just in rains but in -30 degrees cold wasn’t an excuse for you in even school.

You are used for walking but you see people in Delhi trying to avoid walking a lot and to just hide in the buildings under air conditioners, considering Delhi weather is not good for walking. While you know that moms with small children consider that they should walk every day even in -40 degrees winters in your country.

Amusing, isn’t it?


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