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Climate

The topography and geographical location of Tibet and its great altitude create peculiar climate of Tibet. Generally speaking, the climate is rather harsh, with thin air, insufficient oxygen, intense sunlight and ultraviolet radiation. However, it is not impossible to visit this holy land. In summer it tends to be very cool, though in winter it is not as cold as people imagine due to the intense sunlight. Temperature extremes occur during both day and night due to the thin atmosphere being unable to either absorb or retain heat.  Tibet Climate  Tibet has a distinct rainy season and dry season, with the rainfall being very unbalanced. In spring and winter it tends to be dry and windy. During the rainy season, which runs from June to September, the rainfall reaches 90 percent of all annual precipitation. In southern and central Tibet, it always rains heavily at night, while in northern Tibet, thunder and hailstorms frequently occur. During this season, the heavy rainfall can often brings about serious traffic problems, with roads becoming blocked due to frequent landslides.

Northern Tibet has an altitude of over 4,500 meters (14,764 feet) and its winter lasts from October through to May or even June, and is both dry and bitterly cold with an average temperature below zero. The best time to visit this region is during July and August, when visitors can enjoy fresh air, warm temperature, vast green grassland, as well as the snow-capped peaks.

Valleys and vast forest, with a humid subtropical monsoon climate, primarily occupy the southeast of Tibet. This place is a favorable summer resort due to its pleasant climate and exquisite scenery. The best time to visit this area is between May and October, when visitors can best enjoy its virgin forest, monumental canyons, holy mountains and lakes, local festive events as well as the fragrant flowers and fruits found in this region.

Central Tibet is also a good summer resort, with the best tourism season between June and September. This region is a holy land with many great Buddhist monasteries. The geothermal springs here are well renowned for their remedial abilities to cure many skin diseases. This area is also a heaven for shutterbugs during this period because of its clear air and blue sky.

The southernmost area of Tibet, with its lowest temperature being minus 34 degrees C (minus 29 degrees F), is the site where the hotspot of mountaineering exploration in the Himalayas is located. It is a must for mountain climbing enthusiasts in spite of the harsh condition.

Lastly, remember that the intense ultraviolet radiation is a big challenge to traveling in Tibet. Visitors had better be well prepared with sunglasses, hat and sun-blocking cosmetics. In addition, it is a good choice to take some medicine for many visitors will feel sick due to high altitude and insufficient oxygen.

Comments and Questions

I live in Alaska and I know nothing abut Tibet, but I have a geography project that I have to do and I need some facts. Could you help? Thanks so much. I really need facts about the climate, there recourses, their land, geography, and food. :) :) :)

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3/22/2014 6:38:00 PM

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Asked by bloopers (United States)

hi,you can find many information on this website, why not read the article carefully.

3/23/2014 9:12:00 PM

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Cindy

what is tibet's overall temp

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7/18/2012 7:55:00 AM

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Asked by bobby j (Bahamas)

please refer to the temperature of Lhasa. http://www.tibettrip.com/lhasa/fast-facts.htm

7/18/2012 7:27:00 PM

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Nancy

what is the climate of tibet

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5/17/2012 10:54:00 AM

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Asked by jessika

now? the temperature is 10 - 24 C, a little bit cold in the early morning and at night, but warm at noon.

5/17/2012 7:48:00 PM

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Anne

i would like to know why the temperatures at night in tibet drop so low

please answer me!!
with all thanks

Geenya

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3/9/2010 5:52:00 AM

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Asked by Geenya (Australia)

Because its high altitude.

3/9/2010 7:17:00 PM

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Robert

because the earth is unique.

2/13/2012 10:40:00 AM

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sabrina ( Antarctica )

is it ever really hot?

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2/8/2012 11:39:00 AM

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Asked by emma

a little bit in summer.

2/8/2012 7:21:00 PM

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Grison

do you like Tibet

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2/8/2012 11:38:00 AM

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Asked by emma

can you tell me the temperatures(average)in lahsa,tibet abd china in may and june?
thank you

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10/8/2011 4:00:00 PM

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Asked by kydia (China)

hi Kydia,
the temperature in May is 5 - 20 degrees Celsius, and 10 - 22 degrees Celsius in June.

10/8/2011 6:57:00 PM

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Lydia

I intend to come to Tibet for few weeks in begining of Sept. Do to the scarcity of oxygen in the high altitude. Where a traveler can get those handy oxygen small containers? Does one can get them everywhere? Or you have to have contact wiyh sombody prior to your visit?

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8/13/2011 12:28:00 PM

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Asked by johny pash (Denmark)

usually,you can get the it from the hotel you live in. you can also buy it in the medical device shops or drugstores.

8/13/2011 11:31:00 PM

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Jimmy

when is the best time to Lhasa??

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12/8/2010 8:06:00 PM

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Asked by Bill (Canada)

im doing my school project on tibetan climate, vegetation, physical features which impact the human life. I wanted to know if you guys could send these info to me. *If it is possible. Thanks :)

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10/19/2009 3:38:00 AM

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Asked by Tenzin (India)