Chennai being a tropical city has largely a warm weather throughout the year. But don’t let that fool you into believing that the city is all about sweat and grime. Chennai’s mildly warm and breezy climate is part of its charm.
While summers are long with temperature peaking around May-June to as much as 35-40°C, the city’s nearness to the coast significantly mitigates the Sun’s fury. In fact, summer in Chennai is the best time to go surfing and swimming at the legendary Marina Beach. Or take a trip to water parks like Kishkinta or VGP Aqua Kingdom to beat the heat. So, if you are a water-sports fan, summers will work perfectly for you.
Monsoon starts shortly afterwards by July, and brings the much required relief from the blazing summer sun. Rains in Chennai are not extreme (unless a cyclone shows up unexpectedly) and seldom causes floods. With average humidity hovering around 60-80%, the air doesn’t feel sticky at all as the monsoon showers keep things cool. Chennai could be avoided in monsoons.
The rain dries up by late November and temperature reaches to a cool and crisp 15-20°C during December-January. The sun shines bright and makes winter the most pleasant part of the year. It is the best time to visit Chennai.
Every season has something to offer in this city which makes Chennai an all year round destination. You could plan your visit based on the kind of weather you enjoy the most.