Lhasa weather

  • by Eric
  • 2017-09-04

Lhasa, located in the center of the Tibetan plateau which is surrounded by lush mountains rising up to 5500 meters(18044ft), the city itself is elevated to 3600m(11811ft) above sea level. For a holy city with more than 3000 hours of sunlight in a year, it is truly blessed by the gods and brings enlightenment to its locals and visitors alike, also known as the “Sunlight City”. Expect no more from the land of the gods, the former home of the Dalai Lama, a spiritual head and a “living god” for Tibetan people, you would expect no less than a full year of pleasant and near perfect weather and climate.

So how is the weather like in Lhasa? Monsoon-influenced warm and humid breeze in the summer, dry and frosty air in the winter, which offers a Yin and Yang of weather within the two paradox of the year. The year-round temperate climate has gained Lhasa a great popularity amongst tourists from around China and abroad. The city’s lowest temperature is -0.3 °C (67.8 °F) in January, and a peak of about 16.5 °C (61.7 °F) in June, bringing it to an annual mean temperature of about 7.5 °C (45.5 °F) on average, but it has a great difference in temperature during the day going towards the night ranging from −16.5 °C (2 °F) to 30.4 °C (87 °F), tourists are advised to bring an assortment of clothing suited for the rise and fall of the mercury. When traveling to any destination, including Lhasa, it is detrimental to any traveler to check if one needs to also pack or buy an umbrella or other rain gears for the trip. Based on a recent weather data, Lhasa has a total annual precipitation average of 430.5mm (6.16inches) of rainfall every rainy season, which is mainly during the months of June, July, August and September, and also during these months, it is generally regarded by locals and past travelers as the most enjoyable time of the year as it stays sunny during the daytime and it rains mostly at night, meaning that tourists can enjoy a sunny stroll across the city and nearby sights without a fear of rain and when the day is done and needs to relax during the night, the smell of rain and the cool breeze cools down the heat and exhaustion brought to throughout the day and quenched during the night.

In conclusion, Lhasa has a great and predictable weather and a very radiant and pleasant climate, travelers need not to worry about unexpected weather changes and can plan ahead on the necessary things to pack to tackle on their adventures to this magnificent city. Furthermore, for our western visitors you can firsthand experience an eastern climate without the fear of extreme weather changes. Lhasa is a place to relax and reconnect with the soul, and for that nature plays a big role and when gorgeous nature is accompanied by good weather and god worthy climate for sure it would be a pleasant trip to anyone from anywhere.




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