Climate in Chennai (Madras)
Chennai is located on the coast and the thermal equator zone, the city enjoys a hot and humid temperature. Highly visited travel zone, Chennai offers its visitors a moderate cool temperature for a relaxing vacation. Winters are the ideal time to visit Madras when the temperature remains cool and tranquil. So, come discover Chennai at its best amidst the cool and pleasurable weather of winter season.
May is the hottest month of the year bearing a maximum temperature between 38 and 42 °C (100–107 °F), while January is coolest month of the year. In January, the temperature falls up to a minimum of around 18–20 °C (64–68 °F). The lowest temperature of Chennai is 15.8 °C (60.44 °F) as the highest temperature remains 45 °C (113 °F).
The average annual rainfall of Chennai is around 1,300 mm (51 inches). In the mid-September to mid-December the city gets major part of its rain. In monsoon season, Cyclones in the Bay of Bengal hitting the city are a common occurrence. The city benefits from the north-east monsoon winds. As a result, it mostly experiences hot and humid weather. The best time to visit Madras city is from November to February i.e. during the winter months.