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The climate in Lhasa is considered temperate, which means that the city experiences four, distinct season changes. However, the rainy and dry seasons are the most easily identified, and many visitors plan trips around them. Although travel to this Tibetan city is possible throughout the year, the winter months can get very cold and snowy.
On average, the hottest months of the year are June and July, during which time the daily high temperatures will generally hover in the upper 70’s and lower 80’s. Being at an elevation of about 12,000 feet, Lhasa’s summer months are never very hot. However, Lhasa is about the same latitude of Shanghai or Cairo, Egypt, so the sun is strong and bright. Make sure to use lots of sunscreen, as the chances of getting sun burnt increase with altitude. Sunglasses are essential for dealing with the bright sun, which is made brighter by the thin air. The nighttime temperatures during these months will generally drop to the mid-50’s.
The coldest months of the year on average are December and January, during which time the daily high temperatures will reach the low to mid 40’s. The nighttime temperatures during these months will generally fall to the teens. The winter months can be very cold, and most tourists choose to travel during times of warmer weather.
The year is distinctly divided by the rainy season, which is from the end of May through the middle of September. Visiting at the end of September is perhaps the most beautiful time of year to visit, as the surrounding hills/mountains are lush with color.For more weather information about Lhasa, check out this Ten Day Forecast, and this Monthly Weather Averages page.