The best time to visit Chennai is from October to February. This is the time when the weather in Chennai is at its best. The bright sun isn’t too hot, and humidity is at its all-time low making it easy to go sight-seeing and travel. Nights can become a little cool during these months, but they are never chilly.
Chennai is very close to the Equator and hence experiences very hot and humid summers. The summer time in Chennai begins in April, and the summer lasts until the end of May. The maximum temperature during these months can go up to 45 degrees Celsius making it very difficult to step out of the house during daytime.
Monsoon in Chennai starts in mid June. The city experiences heavy rainfall until the end of August. The south westerly’s are responsible for the ample rainfall that Chennai experiences during this time. The rains bring down the temperature and wash away the heat of the summers. In fact, people in Chennai prefer walking without umbrellas when it rains.
Chennai experiences very mild winters because of its location near the sea. The winter does not last for long; it begins in mid November and is over by mid February. The temperature during the winter months dips down to 27 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature remains close to about 19 degrees Celsius. The days are warm and pleasant though some people prefer carrying a light jacket or shawl with them during the evenings and at night.