The Climate  of  India
All About
Being close to the warm Indian Ocean and to the tropical area around the Equator means India's climate is mostly warm and even hot. 
The size of India and the many land regions found there means the temperature and the amount of rain can change a great deal from region to region and from season to season.
In the northern regions and in the high Himalayas it can get quite cold in the winter months. 
Climate of NorthEast India

The Tropic of Cancer cuts across the middle of India, dividing the country into different climate zones. Northern India, including the Ganges River Plain has hot summers but cool winters and even some snow. 
South of the Tropic of Cancer the climate ranges from warm to hot. From April to May, the hottest months in India, temperatures can be as high as 48°C. The rainy season (June to September) can bring rain to the whole country, but the amount of rainfall changes from area to area.  
Conditions in Different Areas of India

Perhaps the most important climate feature in India are the monsoon winds. These are strong, and sometimes violent winds that change directions during different seasons. Monsoon winds move from the land to the sea in winter and from the sea to land in the summer.
During the summer season (June to September), the monsoons bring heavy rains from the Indian Ocean to all parts of India. In winter only the southeastern tip of India gets heavy rain.
 Mr. Dowling on Monsoon winds
This graph shows the amount of precipitation that falls on three cities in different parts of India, (Mumbai), (Chennai), (New Delhi) and a city in southern Alberta (Lethbridge) during an average month of the year in summer and in winter.

Forests cover about one-fourth of the country. Pine and cedar trees are common in the northern forests, but tropical rainforests with mangrove trees, rosewood, sandalwood and teak are found in rain-soaked areas further south.
Dry regions of India are mostly grasslands with many kinds of plants and animals. Large cats like tigers and leopards, monkeys, elephants and many snakes including cobras and pythons are common. Colder places to the north support mammals like bears, yaks and foxes.

Click on the map below to see what the weather is like in the largest cities in India.

Weather Check
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