Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar has a tropical monsoon climate. The weather in Myanmar is characterised by three distinct seasons: the cool, hot and monsoon seasons.
The cool season is from November to February and is distinguished by warm to hot temperatures, but cool air masses from China can sometimes lower night temperatures to around 50°F (10°C).
The hot season (March to May) is scorching hot with little rainfall. The temperatures can reach approximately 100°F (38°C) along the southern coast, 104°F (40°C) in Yangon and up to 113°F (45°C) in the inland areas.
June to October is the monsoon season, during which parts of Myanmar experience persistent periods of rainfall. During this period, flooding is common and expats are advised to follow flood warnings and the authorities’ instructions closely.
As Myanmar is a large country, temperatures across the country can vary considerably. Higher altitudes often bring lower temperatures and humidity, as in the Chin and West States in eastern and western Myanmar.
Expats should ensure they pack lightweight clothing, an umbrella or raincoat and a jumper or two for the cooler evenings.