The best times to visit Punakha for ideal weather are
October 22nd to March 18th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Punakha Travel Guide
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Weather in Punakha
Average temperatures in Punakha vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold all year with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 21st 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 Punakha, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid July where highs are regularly around 55.9°F (13.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 41.8°F (5.4°C) at night.
Punakha Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Punakha 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.
Punakha Perceived Temperature (F)
Punakha Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Punakha 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 Punakha are November, December, 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 early to mid January. For example, on the week of January 8th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late July with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of July 23rd.
When can you find snow in Punakha? Weather stations report a bit of annual snow likely to be deepest around March, especially close to mid March. The best time to ski (if at all) in Punakha is often around around March 19th when fresh powder is deepest. 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 Punakha.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Punakha (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
Punakha has some very humid months, and dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is December (23.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is July (73.9%).
Wind in Punakha is usually calm. The windiest month is June, followed by May and July. June’s average wind speed of around 8.5 knots (9.8 MPH or 15.8 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late January and early February where average top sustained speeds reach 17.1 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Punakha.
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||6.6||Light breeze||16.3||Significant breeze|
|Feb||6.6||Light breeze||15.9||Significant breeze|
|Mar||6.4||Light breeze||14.9||Significant breeze|
|Apr||6.6||Light breeze||15.4||Significant breeze|
|May||8||Gentle breeze||16.3||Significant breeze|
|Jun||8.5||Gentle breeze||16.5||Significant breeze|
|Jul||7.4||Gentle breeze||15.7||Significant breeze|
|Aug||6.9||Light breeze||14.8||Significant breeze|
|Sep||6.9||Light breeze||14.4||Significant breeze|
|Oct||6.7||Light breeze||15||Significant breeze|
|Nov||6||Light breeze||15.5||Significant breeze|
|Dec||6||Light breeze||15.7||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Punakha?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Bhutan; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 22, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Punakha, Bhutan is May, followed by July and April. 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 Punakha in December. 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 Punakha Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very cold. Highs range from 51.1°F (10.6°C) and 37.2°F (2.9°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 2 to 4 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are still jacket weather. These months see the most precipitation with 8 to 15 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Punakha, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 53°F (11.7°C) and 42.6°F (5.9°C), which will feel very chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 0 to 7 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 far too cold this time of year in Punakha to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 45.8°F (7.7°C) and 33.6°F (0.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a very small amount: 0 to 1 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.