Average Weather in New Delhi India
In New Delhi, the wet season is hot, oppressive, and partly cloudy and the dry season is warm and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 46°F to 103°F and is rarely below 42°F or above 110°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best times of year to visit New Delhi for hot-weather activities are from late March to mid May and from late September to late October.
The hot season lasts for 2.8 months, from April 15 to July 9, with an average daily high temperature above 96°F. The hottest day of the year is May 27, with an average high of 103°F and low of 81°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.2 months, from December 8 to February 14, with an average daily high temperature below 74°F. The coldest day of the year is January 7, with an average low of 46°F and high of 67°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
In New Delhi, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in New Delhi begins around September 3 and lasts for 10 months, ending around July 5. On October 14, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 96% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 4% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around July 5 and lasts for 1.9 months, ending around September 3. On July 31, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 59% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 41% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in New Delhi varies very significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 2.9 months, from June 16 to September 14, with a greater than 28% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 55% on July 22.
The drier season lasts 9.1 months, from September 14 to June 16. The smallest chance of a wet day is 2% on November 26.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 55% on July 22.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. New Delhi experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 9.3 months, from January 9 to October 19, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around August 4, with an average total accumulation of 6.9 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.7 months, from October 19 to January 9. The least rain falls around November 15, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in New Delhi varies over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 22, with 10 hours, 19 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 13 hours, 58 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:22 AM on June 11, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 53 minutes later at 7:15 AM on January 11. The earliest sunset is at 5:23 PM on December 2, and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 59 minutes later at 7:23 PM on July 1.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in New Delhi during 2018.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
New Delhi experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 5.0 months, from May 20 to October 20, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 25% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 17, with muggy conditions 99% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 28, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in New Delhi experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.9 months, from January 31 to July 27, with average wind speeds of more than 6.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is May 30, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.4 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.1 months, from July 27 to January 31. The calmest day of the year is October 16, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in New Delhi varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the east for 1.5 months, from July 14 to August 29, with a peak percentage of 41% on July 30. The wind is most often from the west for 4.1 weeks, from August 29 to September 27 and for 7.9 months, from November 18 to July 14, with a peak percentage of 34% on August 30. The wind is most often from the north for 1.7 months, from September 27 to November 18, with a peak percentage of 40% on November 4.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in New Delhi throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit New Delhi for general outdoor tourist activities are for the entire month of March and from mid October to late November, with a peak score in the first week of November.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit New Delhi for hot-weather activities are from late March to mid May and from late September to late October, with a peak score in the second week of October.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
Temperatures in New Delhi are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
Growing Degree Days
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 2.7 months, from April 7 to June 29, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.8 kWh. The brightest day of the year is May 25, with an average of 7.6 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.8 months, from November 9 to February 2, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 24, with an average of 3.6 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of New Delhi are 28.636 deg latitude, 77.224 deg longitude, and 712 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of New Delhi contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 177 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 721 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (328 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (797 feet).
The area within 2 miles of New Delhi is covered by artificial surfaces (99%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (79%) and cropland (14%), and within 50 miles by cropland (91%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in New Delhi, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There is only a single weather station, Safdarjung Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of New Delhi.
At a distance of 6 kilometers from New Delhi, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.
The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and New Delhi according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
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We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.