Weather in Mumbai is typical South Asian — warm and humid, but it does experience winter. Mumbai climate goes through three main seasons — hot summer, wet monsoon and pleasant winter. Winter is definitely not as cold as what most Westerners would want it to be, but Mumbai residents love the relatively colder winter season from November to February with average temperature of 17°Celsius but could still go as high as 30° Celsius. This is the best time to go to Mumbai when it is neither hot nor rainy.
Winter is pleasant because it is cool and with much less humidity than in summer. Summer kicks in in March, just after winter, and heats up the city until May. Temperature goes to the high 30s and averages at mid 30s. June ushers in the monsoon season until September, which are the dullest months in tourism. Heavy rains lash the city with occasional flooding. The city gets submerged in flood at least twice every season. These wet months are the only breaks in Mumbai’s thriving tourism, although the city still gets tourists during these months.
Mumbai has a ton of amazing tourist attractions and some of them are its beaches. The most popular ones are Juhu Beach, Aksa Beach in Malad, Girgaon Chowpaty in southern Mumbai, and a few more lovely ones in the northwestern side of the city. There are beaches near the downtown area but they are not particularly attractive for tourism. The waters off the coast are dirty. It is ill advised visiting the beaches during the monsoon since a number of people have died in the waters during heavy rains. Beaches are always best visited in summer, but foreign visitors should keep in mind that Indians are very conservative; tourist women bathing in two-piece bathing suits are frowned at.
For tourists who don’t plan of getting wet, the best places to visit are Mumbai’s well-known gardens, parks, and zoos. The city is reputed as a concrete jungle for its greenery and nature parks. The Sanjay Gandhi National Park (aka Borivali National Park) is located within the city. Also popular are the ancient Kanheri Caves that are 2,400 years old. The other parks in the city are well-maintained and very historic, such as the Marine Drive, Mumbai Port Trust Garden, Kamla Nehru Park, Five Gardens, and Hanging Gardens on Malabar Hill. The old Veermata Jijabai Udyan zoo may have emaciated animals on display, but the zoo is a colonial relic and the zoo animals are very diverse.
The local open markets and shopping malls are also quite a tourist draw. The most popular malls that people visit in sunshine or rain are Inorbit Mall, Palladium, High Street Phoenix, and the two largest and most popular malls in the city — Nirmal Lifestyles Mall and Metro Junction Mall. Powai, on the other hand, is not just a mall but a modern suburb with restaurants, convenience stores, coffee shops, entertainment centers, shopping areas, a college and a picturesque lake.
Mumbai, as a city of tourism, is definitely more than just its popular film industry, Bollywood. Tourists, local and international, come here in hordes regardless of the prevailing weather in Mumbai. The climate is generally tropical, and specifically tropical wet and dry. Average yearly temperature is 27.2 °C (81 °F) with an annual average rainfall of 2,167 mm.