The best times to visit Pondicherry for ideal weather are

December 24th to July 1st

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

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Weather in Pondicherry

Temperature

Average temperatures in Pondicherry vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 23rd 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 Pondicherry, the hottest months are May, June, and then July. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late May where highs are regularly around 101.5°F (38.6°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 80°F (26.7°C) at night.

Pondicherry Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Pondicherry Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

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.

Pondicherry Perceived Temperature (F)

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Pondicherry Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Pondicherry 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.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 86.7 77.7 69.7
Feb 88.5 79.2 70.4
Mar 91.4 82.4 73.8
Apr 95 86.2 78.2
May 99.8 88.1 79.7
Jun 99.5 88 79.2
Jul 97.5 86.6 77.8
Aug 94.8 84.8 77
Sep 94.5 84.6 77.1
Oct 91.4 82.6 76
Nov 87.2 79.4 73.3
Dec 85.6 77.8 71.7

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 30.4 25.4 20.9
Feb 31.4 26.2 21.3
Mar 33 28 23.2
Apr 35 30.1 25.7
May 37.7 31.2 26.5
Jun 37.5 31.1 26.2
Jul 36.4 30.3 25.4
Aug 34.9 29.3 25
Sep 34.7 29.2 25.1
Oct 33 28.1 24.4
Nov 30.7 26.3 22.9
Dec 29.8 25.4 22.1


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Pondicherry are February, March, 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 late October to early November with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of October 29th.

When can you find snow in Pondicherry? 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.

Chanceof Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Pondicherry.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Pondicherry (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 1% 0 0.6
Feb 0% 0 0.1
Mar 1% 0 0.3
Apr 2% 0 0.5
May 6% 0 1.4
Jun 7% 0 1.5
Jul 11% 0 2.3
Aug 19% 0 3.7
Sep 18% 0 4.4
Oct 26% 0 10.7
Nov 36% 0 16
Dec 20% 0 7.4

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 1 0 1.5
Feb 0 0 0.3
Mar 1 0 0.8
Apr 2 0 1.3
May 6 0 3.6
Jun 7 0 3.8
Jul 11 0 5.8
Aug 19 0 9.4
Sep 18 0 11.2
Oct 26 0 27.2
Nov 36 0 40.6
Dec 20 0 18.8

 

Humidity and Wind

Pondicherry has some extremely humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is June (60.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is November (81%).

Wind in Pondicherry is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is May, followed by June and July. May’s average wind speed of around 2.2 knots (2.5 MPH or 4.1 KPH) is considered “light air.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late February and early March where average top sustained speeds reach 4.7 knots, which is considered a light breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Pondicherry.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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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 1.6 Barely noticeable 2.9 Barely noticeable
Feb 1.6 Barely noticeable 2.8 Barely noticeable
Mar 1.6 Barely noticeable 3.3 Barely noticeable
Apr 1.7 Barely noticeable 3.2 Barely noticeable
May 2.2 Barely noticeable 4.2 Barely noticeable
Jun 2.1 Barely noticeable 3.7 Barely noticeable
Jul 1.9 Barely noticeable 3.4 Barely noticeable
Aug 1.7 Barely noticeable 3.3 Barely noticeable
Sep 1.6 Barely noticeable 3.2 Barely noticeable
Oct 1.3 Barely noticeable 2.9 Barely noticeable
Nov 1.5 Barely noticeable 3.4 Barely noticeable
Dec 1.8 Barely noticeable 3.6 Barely noticeable

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 72%
Feb 70.5%
Mar 71.5%
Apr 71.5%
May 66.6%
Jun 60.2%
Jul 61.9%
Aug 69.4%
Sep 71.3%
Oct 77.3%
Nov 81%
Dec 78.5%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Pondicherry?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Jan 18, 2018 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


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Pondicherry, India is December, followed by August 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 Pondicherry in May. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 66 in May means 66% of the tourists vs. December.


Overall Pondicherry Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very warm. Highs range from 101.5°F (38.6°C) and 90.2°F (32.3°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 0 to 2 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 hot weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 2 to 6 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Pondicherry, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 94.7°F (34.8°C) and 85.2°F (29.6°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 to 11 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 Pondicherry to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 90.2°F (32.3°C) and 85.3°F (29.6°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 0 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

 

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