The best times to visit Kolkata for ideal weather are
November 12th to March 4th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Kolkata Travel Guide
Other Kolkata Travel Info
Weather in Kolkata
Average temperatures in Kolkata vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for most of the year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 30th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Kolkata, the hottest months are May, April, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early June where highs are regularly around 99.1°F (37.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 80.8°F (27.1°C) at night.
Kolkata Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Kolkata Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Kolkata Perceived Temperature (F)
Kolkata Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Kolkata Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Kolkata are December, November, and then January. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid January. For example, on the week of January 15th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid July with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of July 16th.
When can you find snow in Kolkata? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Kolkata.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Kolkata (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Kolkata has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is March (52.1% relative humidity), and the most humid month is July (80.4%).
Wind in Kolkata is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is May, followed by April and June. May’s average wind speed of around 6.1 knots (7.1 MPH or 11.4 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid May where average top sustained speeds reach 12.2 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Kolkata.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||2.4||Barely noticeable||6.6||Light breeze|
|Feb||2.6||Barely noticeable||7.1||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||3.9||Barely noticeable||8.6||Light breeze|
|Apr||6||Light breeze||11.1||Significant breeze|
|May||6.1||Light breeze||11.8||Light breeze|
|Jun||5.2||Light breeze||10.2||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||4.5||Light breeze||8.9||Light breeze|
|Aug||4.3||Light breeze||8.7||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||3.8||Barely noticeable||8.8||Light breeze|
|Oct||2.6||Barely noticeable||7.7||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||2.1||Barely noticeable||6.9||Light breeze|
|Dec||2.1||Barely noticeable||6.6||Light breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Kolkata?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for India; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 19, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Kolkata, India is January, followed by July and September. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Kolkata in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Kolkata Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very warm. Highs range from 99.1°F (37.3°C) and 89.2°F (31.8°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 2 to 7 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the most precipitation with 12 to 18 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Kolkata, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 93°F (33.9°C) and 84.3°F (29.1°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 1 to 12 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in Kolkata to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 89.2°F (31.8°C) and 76.2°F (24.6°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: consistently 1 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.