Dry season – post-monsoon
Between December, January and February, daily sunshine hours are at their peak – an average of 10.5 hours of sunshine every day – whilst the humidity is at an all-time low – an average of 46%. However, keep in mind that average temperatures are still very high at this time of year, with daily highs of 31°C-34°C and daily lows of 16°C-19°C creating averages of 23.5°C-26.5°C.
During the daytime, average temperatures will rarely drop below the late 20s, although a refreshing burst of coolness appears after sun sets, when temperatures regularly drop into the late teens. February is the hottest month of the post-monsoon season, with average highs of 31°C and average lows of 20°C creating an overall average of 25.5°C. January is the coldest month, when average highs of 30°C and average lows of 19°C create an overall average of 24.5°C. As you can see – there’s hardly any difference between the hottest and the coldest month.
The hottest temperature ever registered in Goa in the post-monsoon season is 39°C, which was recorded in February, whilst the coldest temperature ever registered in Goa in the post-monsoon season is 7°C, which was also registered in February.
December is the wettest month for the post-monsoon dry season, when Goa experiences around 18mm/1 inch of rainfall which falls on one wet day, whereas January and February experience no precipitation at all.
Dry season – pre-monsoon
Between March and May Goa enters the pre-monsoon season. This is the hottest time of the year to visit. Although the average high temperatures might seem pleasantly warm at 33°C, the increasing average low temperatures (which range from 23°C to 28°C) mean that there isn’t much respite from the blistering temperatures, even after dark.
During the daytime, average temperatures will rarely drop below the early 30s, whilst average temperatures after nightfall will stay in the late 20s, resulting in an overall heat you just can’t escape. If you plan your holiday for the end of May, you’ll probably feel so hot that you won’t want to do much more than float around in the pool or turn the air con up to maximum in your room.
May is the hottest month of the pre-monsoon season, with average highs of 33°C and average lows of 28°C creating an overall average 30.5°C. March is the coldest month of the pre-monsoon season, when average highs of 33°C and average lows of 23°C create an overall average of 28°C.
The hottest temperature ever registered in Goa in the pre-monsoon season is 45°C, which was recorded in May, whilst the coldest temperature ever registered is 15°C, which was recorded in March.
May is the wettest month of the pre-monsoon dry season, when Goa is subject to around 113mm/4 inches of rainfall over 4 rainy days. Comparatively, March and April experience hardly any rainfall at all, with an average of 1mm and 12mm falling each month, respectively.
The most common forms of precipitation you can expect to experience in Goa at this time of year are thunderstorms (which occur on 49% of days with rainfall), followed by light rain (19%), moderate rain (16%) and drizzle (14%).