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Best time to visit Kolkata, India

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The best time to visit Kolkata is January-February

Based on a number of criteria such as the weather conditions, cost of flights and hotels, peak travel seasons and much more, January-February is the best time to go to Kolkata.

In the summer months, temperatures tend to get to a maximum of around 42℃ (108℉). The weather in the winter, especially around January, can reach a minimum of 13℃ (56℉).

The longest days between sunrise and sunset in Kolkata are usually in May, so if you want to get the most out of your daytime activities, be sure to plan your visit around this time. You don’t want to get wet on your holiday, do you? Well if you’re trying to avoid the rain, then steer clear of Kolkata in August. Head over there in January instead if you want to increase your chances of not being rained on.

Continue reading to find out loads more about when to travel to Kolkata, then use the handy tools below to search for the best flight and hotel options that are right for you.

Warmest month

May

Least rainfall

January

Most daylight

May

Kolkata seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Kolkata as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Kolkata is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Kolkata

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Kolkata for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Kolkata climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Kolkata for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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DEC

Kolkata in January

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average humidity: 44%
  • Average sunny days: 29 days
  • Average rainfall: 3mm (0") over 2 days
29 days
of pure sunshine
2 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kolkata in January, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Kolkata in February

  • Average temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (88℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average humidity: 42%
  • Average sunny days: 25 days
  • Average rainfall: 11mm (0") over 3 days
25 days
of pure sunshine
3 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kolkata in February, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Kolkata in March

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 36℃ (96℉)
  • Average low temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average humidity: 48%
  • Average sunny days: 24 days
  • Average rainfall: 12mm (0") over 6 days
24 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kolkata in March, make sure you pack t-shirts, shorts and sun protection for the day, and maybe a very thin sweater for the evenings if you're a cold frog.


Kolkata in April

  • Average temperature: 32℃ (90℉)
  • Average high temperature: 39℃ (102℉)
  • Average low temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average humidity: 56%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 35mm (1") over 7 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kolkata in April, make sure you pack t-shirts, shorts and sun protection.


Kolkata in May

  • Average temperature: 33℃ (91℉)
  • Average high temperature: 39℃ (101℉)
  • Average low temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average humidity: 61%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 53mm (2") over 9 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kolkata in May, make sure you pack t-shirts, shorts and sun protection.


Kolkata in June

  • Average temperature: 33℃ (90℉)
  • Average high temperature: 37℃ (99℉)
  • Average low temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average humidity: 65%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 66mm (3") over 16 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kolkata in June, make sure you pack t-shirts, shorts and sun protection.


Kolkata in July

  • Average temperature: 30℃ (86℉)
  • Average high temperature: 33℃ (92℉)
  • Average low temperature: 28℃ (81℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 5 days
  • Average rainfall: 135mm (5") over 25 days
5 days
of pure sunshine
25 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kolkata in July, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Kolkata in August

  • Average temperature: 29℃ (85℉)
  • Average high temperature: 33℃ (91℉)
  • Average low temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 5 days
  • Average rainfall: 137mm (5") over 25 days
5 days
of pure sunshine
25 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kolkata in August, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Kolkata in September

  • Average temperature: 29℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 32℃ (90℉)
  • Average low temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 107mm (4") over 23 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
23 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kolkata in September, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.

Kolkata in October

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (88℉)
  • Average low temperature: 24℃ (74℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 68mm (3") over 15 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kolkata in October, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Kolkata in November

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average high temperature: 30℃ (86℉)
  • Average low temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average humidity: 58%
  • Average sunny days: 26 days
  • Average rainfall: 34mm (1") over 3 days
26 days
of pure sunshine
3 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kolkata in November, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Kolkata in December

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average humidity: 47%
  • Average sunny days: 29 days
  • Average rainfall: 5mm (0") over 1 days
29 days
of pure sunshine
1 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kolkata in December, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Kolkata is usually May, where temperatures tend to rise to around 39℃ (102℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Kolkata is generally around January. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in January first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Kolkata is generally around August, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of August too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Kolkata, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in May are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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