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Sunday 4 October
11:25 GMT | 18:25 ICT

Last updated:

4 Oct
UK Time: 11:36 BST
Local Time: 17:36 ICT
31°C (87°F)
2mph (4kmh)
  • Sunrise 05:56
  • Sunset 17:50
  • Moonrise 23:18
  • Moonset 11:55
Temp feels like: 31°C (87°F)
Length of Day: 10h 47m
Humidity: 55%
Dew Point: N/A
Pressure: 29.77" (1008 hpa)
Visiblity: 6 miles (10 km)
Average for October 17°C (63°F)
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Weather Overview for Sapa

Overview for Sapa

Located in the northern Vietnamese province of Lao Cai, Sapa has a climate similar to that of the rest of the country. Residing at 1650m above sea level, Sapa is a town that has seasonal changing weather. Tropical weather is the norm in summer, while milder temperatures occur in winter.

Rice field, Sapa, Vietnam. 

Throughout the rest of the year, Sapa is relatively cool with temperatures of around 15 °C to 18°C. The humidity in the area can range from 75 percent humidity to highs of 91 percent humidity due to predominant winds and cloud formation close by.

In the highlands of Sapa, the climate can change very quickly, even in the course of a day. It’s not unheard of for there to be spring like weather in the morning and winter weather in the evening. The tropical region where Sapa is situated has a summer marked by a rainy season. A total of at least 2,064mm or 81.3in of rain falls on average each year with the wettest months being July and August.

Hoang Lien Son Mountains, Sapa, Vietnam. 

In summer, the weather is more pleasant than the hot conditions in low lying plains. Many visitors who come to see the beauty of Sapa experience its fast changing climate. Despite normally being humid, the climate is tempered by the prevalent cool temperatures of the highlands. Tourists to Sapa who wish to trek the nearby Hoang Lien Son National Park find the summer climate to be mild enough for hiking. However, temperatures can reach a maximum of 30°C in high summer.

Summer can arrive in Sapa as early as May and can last until September. During this five month period, the total precipitation can amount to 1,995mm or almost 70 percent of the total annual rainfall.

Downtown Sapa, Vietnam.

Autumn lasts only around two months in Sapa and at times can pass unnoticed except to local residents. Though, there does tend to be a dramatic drop in temperature of around four to six degrees when autumn does arrive.

Winter is Sapa lasts from mid-November to late February and this is the coldest period in the area. Snow can fall for between one to three days during December to February as the coldest temperatures arrive. Winter in Sapa is cold, foggy and wet with drizzle and frost being common occurrences. Fog generally occurs on 137 days of the year on average and there have even been instances when hikers have been trapped due to the heavy fog. It is extremely common for sun to occur mid-morning in Sapa and for wet weather to arrive in the afternoon. Temperatures may go as low as 1°C during the night and there are instances when it can plummet to sub-zero with frost along the way. Rainfall is at its highest during January when there is 140mm of precipitation which can be attributed to drizzle, mist, frost and even snow.

Spring arrives in the region in early March. The average temperature by this time gradually rises until its hits 20°C in early May. Early morning drizzle may occur in early spring but the average temperature is normally around 16°C to 18°C.

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