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When is the best time to visit Goa?

The best time to visit Goa (Panaji) is January and February based on the following average weather conditions.

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Max Day Temperature (°C)

  • 32°C maximum daytime temperature in January in Goa (Panaji)32
  • 32°C maximum daytime temperature in February in Goa (Panaji)32
  • 32°C maximum daytime temperature in March in Goa (Panaji)32
  • 33°C maximum daytime temperature in April in Goa (Panaji)33
  • 33°C maximum daytime temperature in May in Goa (Panaji)33
  • 30°C maximum daytime temperature in June in Goa (Panaji)30
  • 29°C maximum daytime temperature in July in Goa (Panaji)29
  • 29°C maximum daytime temperature in August in Goa (Panaji)29
  • 30°C maximum daytime temperature in September in Goa (Panaji)30
  • 32°C maximum daytime temperature in October in Goa (Panaji)32
  • 33°C maximum daytime temperature in November in Goa (Panaji)33
  • 33°C maximum daytime temperature in December in Goa (Panaji)33

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The weather guide for Goa (Panaji) shows long term weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia) & today's weather forecast provided by meteoblue. Find out more about our data sources.

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Goa overview

Goa is India's smallest state and lies just 15 degrees north of the equator about half way down the west coast of India on the Arabian Sea.

It has a tropical climate with daytime temperatures that vary only by a degree or two from summer to winter. In summer it is hot and wet and in winter, hot and dry.

Palolem Beach in Goa, India
Palolem Beach in Goa, India © Mikhail Nekrasov - Shutterstock

The main factor affecting the weather in summer is the south-west monsoon which blows off the Indian Ocean from June to September bringing very cloudy and wet conditions.

At this time of year it can rain continuously for days on end and the sea can also become dangerously rough.

The sun is more directly overhead yet the amount of cloud and rain actually prevents daytime temperatures from rising as high as they do in winter.

In terms of temperature expect 30°C on most days falling only 5°C lower to the mid 20s at night.

By November the monsoon has usually subsided and a dry winter season follows when there is less heat and humidity and night-time temperatures are noticeably cooler.

From the beginning of December to the beginning of March Goa experiences more or less wall to wall sunshine with up to 10 hours a day.

Day time temperatures rise well into the 30s Celsius but drop by a good 12°C at night, while rain is practically unheard of. For obvious reasons this is the high season for tourism.

After the equinox in March, when the sun crosses the equator once more, temperatures rise again up to the onset of the monsoon in June.

There is still a lot of sunshine, for example 10 hours in April, but the very high heat and humidity can make it feel uncomfortably hot.

What to pack for Goa weather

Light-weight cotton clothing is best year round in Goa and be prepared for heavy rain from May to November.

Which is the hottest month in Goa?

The hottest time of year in Panaji, Goa is normally May. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 33°C with very high heat and humidity.

Which month has the most rain in Goa?

In terms of rainfall, July is usually the wettest month in Panaji, Goa with 923mm on average. There are normally 25 days in July with some rain.

When is it sunniest in Goa?

The sunniest time of year in Panaji, Goa is normally January with bright sunshine on average for 88% of daylight hours; that's 10 hours of sunshine per day.

When is the sea warmest in Goa?

The sea is usually at its warmest in Panaji, Goa in May when the water temperature reaches 29°C.

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