Hanoi weather and When to go?
Ranked #4 in Trip Advisor’s list of the World’s Best Destinations, Hanoi is famous for not only its picturesque views, interesting traditions but also its climate. Hanoi weather is typical climate of northern Vietnam, which is usually known as warm, humid. The average rainfall of Hanoi stays at 1.680 mms while the average temperature is 23.6oC. The highest temperature have recorded is 42.8 (recorded in May 1926) and the lowest is 2.7oC (Jan 1955).
Hanoi has four distinct seasons, which are favorable for tourists all around the world.
Summer here takes place in May to August with July as the hottest month of the season. You can feel the heat of this season right at the beginning of it. The average temperature is around 32*C. The humidity ranges from 62% to 97%, which may even make it hotter in the feel. Summer is also the season of rain in Hanoi. It rains like cats and dogs and the weather changes suddenly. In the morning, you may get sweat and irritated by the heat and humidity. And then, you will be blown away by strong winds from a thunderstorm. The rainfall amount in summer is usually high. Together with the rather bad infrastructure here, Hanoi gets flooded and it’s hard to move around the city with that situation. In general, I don’t recommend travelling to Hanoi in Summer.
Fall begins at mid-September to the end of October. It is usually considered as the most romantic and pleasant season of the year in Hanoi. With the average temperature of 26oC, visitors may feel relaxed and cool by the soft winds blown throughout the city. At some points of Autumn, you may see some heavy rainfalls which are called “Mưa ngâu” in Vietnamese. This kind of rain is not so heavy but lasts long, for a half to a whole day. In this season, you can experience blue clear sky, gentle winds and soft sunlight of Hanoi.
Winter starts when the winds blow stronger and the atmosphere becomes drier usually from November to January). When you open the hotel room’s windows, the strong cold winds hit you immediately. The average temperature for this season is roughly 19oC, sometimes the temperature may drop down to 5oC. You can barely see rain in Hanoi’s winter because the humidity is quite low. Remember to bring yourself a moisturizer to prevent your skin from being dried out and warm clothes in order not to catch a cold.
Spring is the season of festivals all over Vietnam. Spring in Hanoi lasts from February to the end of April with a wet, humid feeling and lots of light rain. The average rainfall of this season is about 60 mm. You can meet Hanoi’s spring rain a lot while travelling. But don’t worry, they will just last for about 30 minutes to 1 hour. The temperature in Hanoi Spring is from 17 to 24 (*C) which is very favorable for tourists to experience Tet holiday and festivals here.
So, which season is the most recommended for tourists?
In my opinion, it’s Spring. You can experience a lot of festivals in this season such as: Dong Da Hill festival, Giong Temple Festival, Co Loa festival… especially Tet holiday.
With the cool weather and occasional light rain, tourist can never feel sick or get any cold of this weather. Moreover, with those who don’t want to be stuck in heavy traffic, Spring is the best idea for them. Why? Because it has a big holiday, which residents of Hanoi would like to go back to their hometown to visit their parents and relatives. In this season, visitors can also try several traditional foods such as: Sticky square rice cake, salted vegetable, etc. Generally, if you travel to Hanoi from Feb to Apr, you can experience lots of exciting things.