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Best time to visit Shillong, India

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The best time to visit Shillong is October-November

While Shillong is a popular destination to visit all year round, October-November is the ideal time to go due to a number of factors such as the climate, cost of travel and accommodation, as well as avoiding peak holiday periods.

In summer, temperatures can reach as high as 25℃ (78℉) in the middle of the day. The weather at night in the winter, which is around January-time, can get down to a minimum of 4℃ (38℉).

If you’re keen to work on your tan in Shillong, you’re most likely get the longest days between sun-up and sun-down around March. The wet season in Shillong usually falls during the months surrounding July each year. It’s not uncommon to get some decent rainfall or light showers during this time, but on some days the weather tends to be fine for a majority of the day, with only a few drops of rain falling from a passing shower.

Keep reading to find all the info you need (and none of the stuff you don’t) about the best times to go to Shillong. By the time you get to the bottom, you’ll be ready to start booking your trip.

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

January

Most daylight

March

Shillong seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Shillong as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Shillong 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 Shillong

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 Shillong 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.

Shillong 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 Shillong 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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JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Shillong in January

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average high temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (42℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 10 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Shillong in January, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Shillong in February

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (56℉)
  • Average high temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average humidity: 70%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 33mm (1") over 8 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Shillong in February, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Shillong in March

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average humidity: 65%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 75mm (3") over 16 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Shillong in March, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings, and t-shirts and light gear for the daytime.


Shillong in April

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (58℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 3 days
  • Average rainfall: 228mm (9") over 26 days
3 days
of pure sunshine
26 days
of showers or rain

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


Shillong in May

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (69℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average humidity: 88%
  • Average sunny days: 0 days
  • Average rainfall: 348mm (14") over 31 days
0 days
of pure sunshine
31 days
of showers or rain

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


Shillong in June

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average humidity: 93%
  • Average sunny days: 0 days
  • Average rainfall: 427mm (17") over 30 days
0 days
of pure sunshine
30 days
of showers or rain

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


Shillong in July

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average humidity: 95%
  • Average sunny days: 0 days
  • Average rainfall: 505mm (20") over 31 days
0 days
of pure sunshine
31 days
of showers or rain

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


Shillong in August

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average humidity: 95%
  • Average sunny days: 0 days
  • Average rainfall: 462mm (18") over 31 days
0 days
of pure sunshine
31 days
of showers or rain

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


Shillong in September

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average humidity: 94%
  • Average sunny days: 0 days
  • Average rainfall: 363mm (14") over 30 days
0 days
of pure sunshine
30 days
of showers or rain

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

Shillong in October

  • Average temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average humidity: 91%
  • Average sunny days: 1 days
  • Average rainfall: 255mm (10") over 28 days
1 days
of pure sunshine
28 days
of showers or rain

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


Shillong in November

  • Average temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average high temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average humidity: 86%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 40mm (2") over 16 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Shillong in November, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Shillong in December

  • Average temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average high temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average low temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average humidity: 85%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 31mm (1") over 11 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Shillong in December, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Shillong is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 24℃ (76℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Shillong 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 Shillong is generally around July, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of July too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Shillong, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in March are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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