Climate of Lhasa
At an altitude of 3,650 meters, being one of the highest cities in the world, Lhasa has a highland temperate semi-arid monsoon climate with frosty winters and mild summers, yet the valley location protects the city from intense cold or heat and strong winds. With an annual sunshine time reaching 3,000 hours, Lhasa enjoys the reputation of a “sunshine city”.
Influenced by Indian monsoon, Lhasa has a mild climate throughout the year. The annual mean temperature is about 8 degrees Celsius, with a significant variation in temperature between day and night, with extreme temperatures ranging from 16.5 °C to 30.4 °C. Lhasa has an annual precipitation of 426 mm with rain falling mainly in July, August and September. The driest month is January at 0.8 mm and the wettest month is August, at 120.6 mm. The rainy season is widely regarded the "best" of the year as rains come mostly at night and Lhasa is still sunny during the daytime.
Blessed with flat land and mild weather, Lhasa is free of frigid winters and unbearably hot summers. Summer and autumn are the most comfortable time in Lhasa; from March to October, the climate becomes mild and humid and is the best season for travel in Tibet. The spring and winter in Lhasa are dry and windy.
Climate Data Table for Lhasa
Lhasa Weather Forecast