Ho Chi Minh City
Long-term weather forecast
Long-term weather forecast

Monthly weather forecast and climate
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The modern infrastructure in the developed city of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, viewed from a high angle on a lovely evening
The modern infrastructure in the developed city of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, viewed from a high angle on a lovely evening
Ho Chi Minh City has a tropical savanna type of climate (Köppen climate classification Aw), which has hot conditions with wet and dry periods over the year. The most populous city of Vietnam lies in the southeastern part of the country on the banks of the Saigon River and is a major river port. The monsoon, tropical latitudes, and proximity to the South China Sea chiefly influence the climate.

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, lies at a low elevation of 19 meters above sea level. The city is lowland with an abundance of kapok trees. The soil is fertile in the surrounding area, and abundant rice plantations make it part of the rice bowl region of the world. Numerous skyscrapers rise above the cityscape to increase the urban heat island effect.

Ho Chi Minh City has two distinct seasons: a lengthy, wet period from May to November and a pronounced but short, dry period from December to April. Temperatures vary minimally throughout the year owing to the equatorial location. The daylight usually lasts for 12 to 13 hours, while the sunshine is intense throughout the year. Temperatures remain in the 21.1°C (70°F) to 35°C (95°F) for a major part of the year with variations due to cold fronts and typhoons.

The annual precipitation is an abundant 1930.4mm (76") in Ho Chi Minh City, with 90% occurring in the rainy season. The wet season has the majority of the 155 days of rainy days in the year. The average humidity is a high 78% and peaks at 85% in September. Sunny days are galore with 2490 hours of brilliant sunshine annually. Convectional rainfall frequently occurs in the city.

The highest temperature on record for Ho Chi Minh City is 40°C (104°F), while the record for the lowest temperature is -10.1°C (13.8°F).
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The best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City is in the dry season from December to April. The usually rainy city gets a break from the wet conditions and experiences sunny days regularly. Many tourists prefer to visit during the Tet Festival that celebrates the Vietnamese New Year in the dry month of January. The threat of typhoons eases considerably by December as calm weather makes for an enjoyable visit to Ho Chi Minh City.

The worst time to visit Ho Chi Minh City is during the wet season that lasts from May to November. The threat of rainstorms and typhoons looms large on the horizon. Tropical cyclones invade the city frequently from June to October. The rainy season is humid, and the heat is oppressive. Additionally, outdoor explorations of the city are challenging, and rain protective gear becomes mandatory.

Ho Chi Minh City's low-lying location makes it susceptible to flooding during the rainy season, although it is at a lower risk than the Mekong Delta. Rainstorms and thunderstorms are frequent as the city faces many heavy spells of rainfall. The typhoon season lasts from May to January, which brings devastating winds and torrential rainfall. Tropical cyclones average from 6 to 8 during the year and result in floods and landslides.

January registers the lowest average temperature of the year at 21.1°C (70°F). The skies are bright as the sun remains over the horizon for a daily 8 hours. Weather in January »

February is the driest with only 5.1mm (0.2") of rainfall amid clear skies in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The sunshine lasts for 8.8 hours during the 12-hour days. Weather in February »

March is the sunniest in Ho Chi Minh City, with 272 hours of bright sunshine. The average temperatures remain in the steady 24.4°C (75.9°F) to 33.9°C (93°F) range. Weather in March »

April is usually the hottest month in Ho Chi Minh City, with an average high temperature of 34.4°C (93.9°F). The urban heat island effect is prominent in the metropolis. Weather in April »

May is the beginning of the wet season in Ho Chi Minh City, with the sun hiding intermittently behind the clouds. The humidity increases the heat factor. Weather in May »

The average temperatures register in the range of 24.4°C (75.9°F) to 32.2°C (90°F), but it is the rise in humidity that makes the conditions uncomfortable. Weather in June »

July is a typical rainy month in Ho Chi Minh City, with abundant precipitation of 294.6mm (11.6"). The average temperatures are in the 24.4°C (75.9°F) to 32.2°C (90°F) range. Weather in July »

August is wet and humid in Ho Chi Minh City as the rainy season is at its peak. The average temperatures are in the 24.4°C (75.9°F) to 31.7°C (89.1°F) range. Weather in August »

September is the wettest month of the year as the rain gauge accumulates an astounding 327.7mm (12.9"). Twenty-three days in the month receive rainfall. Weather in September »

October sees a slight decrease in rainfall to register 266.7mm (10.5") in Ho Chi Minh City. Tropical cyclones from the South China Sea occasionally hit the city. Weather in October »

November ends the wet season in as the precipitation registers a moderate 116.8mm (4.6"). The average temperatures are in the comfortable 22.8°C (73°F) to 31.1°C (88°F) zone. Weather in November »

December is the beginning of the dry season in Ho Chi Minh City as the average temperatures drop in the 21.7°C (71.1°F) to 30.6°C (87.1°F) range. Weather in December »

The wettest month (with the highest rainfall) is September (327.1mm).
The driest month (with the lowest rainfall) is February (4.1mm).

The month with the highest number of rainy days is September (23.1 days).
The month with the lowest number of rainy days is February (1 days).

The month with the longest days is June (Average daylight: 12.8h).
The month with shortest days is December (Average daylight: 11.5h).

Months with most sunshine are February and March (Average sunshine: 8.8h).
The month with least sunshine is September (Average sunshine: 5.4h).

Months with the highest UV index are February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September and October (UV index 12).
Months with the lowest UV index are November and December (UV index 10).