What Is The Weather In Goa Like?
|The Weather In Goa
The climate in Goa hugely affects Goa tourism, and it is between the months of November and March that Goa sees the vast majority of its foreign visitors. This page details Goa's seasons, and lets you know what to expect at any time of the year.
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October to February
|For the most part, the monsoon is over by October, though the occasional rumble of thunder might still be heard in overcast skies. Goa is beautiful at this time of year with the foliage greener than green after the rains, and all the dust and damage washed away.
Foreign tourists trickle into Goa from November, and it is usually at this time of year the beach shacks are granted their yearly license, and building begins in earnest. There are definitely more flying insects at this time of year. The nights are warm and the days often clear and sunny.
December sees the peak of Goa foreign tourism, with Christmas celebrated under an invariably hot sun and temperatures around 30'C. The ground is drier than in October, and evenings are long and warm.
|In January and February the weather in Goa is at its best, and daytime temperatures remain in the high twenties. Clouds are rarely seen in the sky, though it is often hazy. Nights may be a little cold (believe it or not, this is 'winter'!) and fogs sometimes roll in from the sea, making for beautiful misty mornings.
March to May
March sees hotter days and hotter nights, and the ground begins to be very dry. Some foliage has died away, and once green fields have become brown. The distinctive red dust of Goa coveres roadside plants/buildings/cars/cows. Temperatures hover around the low to mid thirties, and the humidity can make it feel uncomfortable especially at night.
In April and May the weather in Goa becomes even hotter and most foreign tourists have gone by now, though Indian tourism sees an increase in May. There may be occasional thunder storms leading up to the monsoon.
June to September
Monsoon arrives sometime in June, bringing heavy rain, thunder clouds, strong winds, renewed life to the plants and a general feeling of excitement among locals. The beaches are not safe for swimming at this time of year, and all the shacks are packed up. Visitors will find most of the shops and stalls have disappeared with only a few hotels and restaurants remaining open for trade.
Orchids can be seen flowering during the monsoon, sprouting from the branches of the trees. Monsoon is a good time to enjoy Goa's nature reserves and waterfalls and experience the lush greenery at its best. Travel and accommodation is much cheaper during the monsoon, though many transport services are disrupted.
August and September see a gradual drying up of the rains, though thunderstorms and downpours are still common until the end of September.
If you are thinking of travelling to Goa in the rainy season, have a look at the Goa festivals page for some monsoonal festivities.
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