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Weather In Jammu And Kashmir

The Jammu and Kashmir extend amid 32.17o to 36.58o north. The altitude goes up abruptly above sea level from 305 metres to 6910 metres. Because of the high mountains like the Zanskar, the Karakoram and the Pirpanjal the area has different weather conditions at different places. There are hot plains of the Jammu region and coldest dry region of Ladakh.

The state of Jammu and Kashmir is blessed with dissimilar scenic beauty. It has immense potential in the tourism sector. The utterly fascinating allure of Jammu and Kashmir attracts each and every tourist. If you want to relish the tremendous beauty of this place, a piece of paradise on earth, you must once visit Jammu and Kashmir. Before you make your head to place, a detailed knowledge of the Climate of Jammu and Kashmir is essential to be extremely informative.

The Kashmir valley gets pleasure from a captivating climate for the large part of the year. The place has a unique feature of the climate. There  are four specific seasons - spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Each season holds unique feature and characteristics.

Geographical Weather

The climate of Jammu and Kashmir varies remarkably due to its uneven geography. Between January and March, 40 to 50 mm of rain per month occurs. Around Jammu, the climate is usually monsoonal in the South. Jammu city is very hot in the hot season and can go up to 40°C.  In July and August, with monthly extremes of up to 650 millimetres, very heavy and irregular rainfall occurs. The rainfall declines in September. By October conditions are hot and very dry with minimal rainfall. The temperatures remain around 29 °C.

The South Asian monsoon is no longer a factor across from the Pir Panjal range. Most rain falls from southwest cloud bands in the spring. Srinagar gets around 635 millimetres of rain from the source because of its proximity to the Arabian Sea. The wettest months remain from March to May with approximately 85 millimetres rainfall per month. The climate of Ladakh and Zanskar is very cold and dry across from the main Himalaya Range. Annual rainfall is around 100 mm per year. The humidity is also very low. Winters are extremely cold. The average temperature of January is −20 °C and the extremes are low at around 40 ° in Zanskar. All the rivers freeze over. Natives make river crossings during this period. In summer, days are usually warm around 20°C in Zanskar and Ladakh. However, with thin air and low humidity, nights can be freezing.


Spring season starts in March and prolongs till early May. The weather after that is very pleasurable, and it would be no embellishment to link it with that of Switzerland. Kashmir enfolds itself in an emerald green jacket with all over florid designs. The sight has rich and ethereal feel. Daisies cover the gardens and parks. The Climate of Jammu and Kashmir at this time of the year is preferably suited to completely enjoy the splendour of the place.

This is the season when Srinagar experiences rains. However, the showers are short.

Spring is followed by summer. Temperatures increase slightly. However, the heat never touches intolerable limits. The Climate of Jammu and Kashmir is extremely beautiful at this time of the year in comparison to other places of the country especially the plain areas. The rippling rivulets, the chinar groves, the serene lakes, the pine forests together appear very tempting in the summers. Also, fruits are grown in plenty.

The entire valley is a mixture of different shades of green such as rice fields, trees meadows etc. in this time. Srinagar with its waterways and lakes is a paradise after the burning heat of the Indian plains.

After summer, the most anticipated season of Jammu and Kashmir starts in the month of September . It is autumn, the season of mellow abundance and mists. The sight of the scenery gives a magnetic appeal. The red carpeted gardens are a delight to the eyes. In the morning, temperatures increase to a maximum of 23 degrees, but the nights are comparatively colder. Weather is very favourable for the tourists to take delight of this heavenly land. The rustle of the fallen leaves, the fragrance of flowers, the vibrant valleys are there to charm you.

The arrival of Autumn, towards September is possibly the prettiest season of Kashmir. The green changes to gold, red and russet.

Winter in Jammu and Kashmir set in the month of December. It is extremely cold. The trees have a bare look. There is an altogether different charm in the environment. The landscape is snow covered. It is a treat to the eyes.

The winter season sets into fall and wraps the valley by December. Himalayan chakore & Wild duck shooting season and skiing at Gulmarg starts at this time. One can enjoy the ice skating if by any chance the Dal-lake freezes. Heli-skiing has also started in certain areas from 1987.

Best Season / Best Time to Visit Jammu

  • Jammu has a cool and pleasant climate for a major part of the year and can be stayed from September to April.
  • Summer is hot and temperature can reach up to 45°C. Summer is good for sightseeing and compelling the sacred Amarnath pilgrimage.
  • Winter (November to February) is cold with temperature dropping to freezing temperature. Snowfall occurs.
  • Monsoon is viewed during June to August. The area gets a good amount of rainfall.
  • Autumn (September to November) is flowering season. Jammu is very attractive during this period.
  • The city of Jammu goes through subtropical climate. It is categorized by frosty winters with snowfall and hot summers. The best time to visit the city is during the festival like Ramnavami (March), Lohri or Makara Sankranti (January), Deepavali (October) when the entire town gets soaked in these celebrations.

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