Hanoi has come out to be one of the most captivating and exceptional tourist destinations of Vietnam. People who are tired of traveling to the clichéd and overcrowded places of Vietnam such as Bangkok now look forward to Hanoi as a charismatic city with its own appeal and culture. The most well-traveled visitors would want to know a brief impression of the places they are about to visit. One that surely tops the list is to know about the weather in Hanoi during their trip.
If you are thinking that having an idea about the weather in Vietnam is enough, then you are wrong. The country of Vietnam does not have the same climate in its different regions and cities. The climate of Vietnam varies greatly from the north to the south mostly because of its long and narrow territory. It is then safe to say that you can never determine Hanoi’s weather from having knowledge of the climates of other Vietnamese regions.
Hanoi lies on a plain that belongs to the delta region of the Red River and is far from any sea. It features a hot climatic zone that goes under the influence of South and Northeast monsoons yearly.
Although Hanoi experiences four distinct seasons, it can be better summarized to say that Hanoi experiences climates typical of the northern Vietnam regions where the summers are hot and humid and the winters are relatively cool and dry. Summer months start during May all the way to September where extreme hot weather is experienced along with plenty of rain. Summers in Hanoi can get as hot as 38 to 40 degrees Celsius. Winter season then commences in November to March making Hanoi quite cold and dry with temperatures as low as 6 to 7 degrees Celsius. June is known to be the hottest month of the year while January is the coolest month, mainly due to the cold northeasterly wind.
During the transition months of April and October, the weather in Hanoi can get unpredictable, so travelers should be prepared for both seasons. July and September are the months where Hanoi experiences heavy rainfall, which at times can even lead to floods. The autumn season or the first half of the winter season is known to be the most beautiful season in Hanoi. The most pleasant months to go to Vietnam are from September to April because of its milder temperature and pleasant weather conditions.
Apparently, Hanoi has its highest tourist count during the summer months, which makes it interesting because it actually has the worst time of weather in those months for the year. Despite it being hot and humid, it also rains a lot during the summer of Hanoi. Visitors who can avoid such major tourist months might actually find the crowds thinner and the weather nicer in other months.
Despite expectations of the weather in Hanoi, climates in the city are still random. Nevertheless, Hanoi still remains rich and alive with its temples, monuments and bits and pieces of ancient culture on any given time of the year. Be fascinated with such an unconventional tourist destination with rather unconventional weather conditions.