In general, the weather in Goa can be described in one word – coastal. Situated on the southwestern coast of India near the Arabian Sea, the climate of Goa is typically hot and humid almost throughout the year, with rainy periods (Southwestern Monsoon) from June until September. Because of its sunny weather, tourists can travel to Goa any time of the year, as it is warm and pleasant, ideal for swimming on beaches and enjoying various nature attractions.
The hottest month of the year in Goa is May with an average day temperature at 35 degree Celsius. On top of that, the high level of humidity will keep you sweating the entire day. The southwest monsoon provides relief from the hot Goa climate, arriving early June through the end of September. This is the rainiest period of Goa, with the agricultural, electricity and water industry depending upon the Indian monsoon season. The state experiences about 330 centimeters of rainfall yearly and nearly 90% of the annual rainfall comes from this season. Rainfall is greater in the parts near Western Ghats on the east of Goa. Nevertheless, this is the season where Goa is at its most pleasant, with all the greenery sprouting again.
The weather in Goa does not have extremes in temperature, with no clear demarcation between seasons other than the monsoon. Clearly, monsoon season is the main attribute of Goa climate. The average hours of sunshine per day are 9-10 hours during summer and 3-4 hours during monsoon. If you plan to experience Goa in its cooler state, you may consider traveling during monsoon season. It is the best time to go to Goa to enjoy some private moments of just you and nature while feeling rain droplets sprinkling on you.
Known as the season of Goa in tourism, the best months to visit Goa are from October until March. During these months, the state is full of thousands of tourists and vacationers, irrespective of creed, caste and languages. People from different parts of the world love to experience the beauty of Goa during this period. From October to March, the temperature in Goa decreases from high thirties to 23 degree Celsius, having clear skies throughout the day.
This time is ideal to stroll at the exotic beaches, do sightseeing through the ancient statues, or engage in various kinds of adventurous water sports on the massive Arabian Sea. However, if you are a nature buff and wish to discover the local nature, you can try to explore Goa during off-season.
After the pleasant months, it is followed by the summer season from mid-March until May. While October to March is near perfect in weather with clear blue skies, summer in Goa is uncomfortably humid as the monsoon starts to approach. The weather is generally hot and humid, attracting smaller crowds. The hottest month, May, is very hot and even the toughest of tourists cannot withstand it. It is worth it to note that the sea may become slightly rough for swimming from April to May.
Currently, the weather in Goa has indeed changed from the last two decades. The winter is no longer chilly, which is possibly due to global warming. Nevertheless, it still has a consistent climate all over the year with just slight fluctuations in the temperature. December and January often require light wool clothing.