Temperature in Rajasthan December

#1 Dec 6th, 2006, 16:02
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What I remember from end of november 1997 is that it was T-shirt weather and maby a sweater at night....

But now Mrs d. is worried about the kids, so could anybody inform us about day and night temperatures in Rajasthan around newyear?

Thanks in advance,

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#2 Dec 6th, 2006, 16:21
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Hey Hans, I guess winter varies wildly just like in your home country. I've been twice around that time in that same area & freezing my ass off once (about 5C'ish at night, colder than you might think if you're not dressed for it) I never go anywhere anymore without having something warm on me, no matter how useless.

I think the second time it was really useless, but there'd be nights where jeans + sweaters + scarf were in order (or waking up early on a train; even though things may heat up quickly, those first hours can be really chilly); that first time however wearing pants + sweater + blanket was hardly enough to keep you warm at night.

For some general ideas check India climate chart but I think you already know this stuff (keep in mind however these are averages, I was surprised to see how mild our own winters seem on some sites). If you're traveling with the kids or even with just yourself, I'd say pack some warm stuff just in case. Sweating a bit in the heat you'll survive; being cold with no defense however is just no fun.
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I've just returned from a couple of fantastic weeks in Rajasthan, and found it colder than I'd expected, more like a European spring than summer. Of course the restaurants are mostly open air and hotels don't really cater much for cold weather, so next time I think I'd rather go a little earlier or later in the year. When do people think is the best time to go, or does it really vary significantly from year to year?
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October to November is the best time.
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I spoke to a friend there yesterday and she said it was cold. I think it is around 7 or 8 degrees in the evening with a chilly wind. Whilst that doesn't sound too cold to me I guess that the stone floors and lack of heating or sometimes windows means it will feel pretty chilly at night.
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Its cold cold cold! bring your jumper!
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January is the coldest month of the year. The winter season remains from December through February with marked decline in minimum temperatures in December and January. The minimum temperatures may fall to minus 2oC in the night at some places like Sikar, Churu, Pilani and Bikaner. A sharp decrease in night temperatures is experienced throughout the arid and semi-arid zone of western Rajasthan on account of quick release of thermal radiation from the sandy soil soon after dusk. Occasional secondary Western disturbances which mostly cross western, nothern and eastern Rajasthan during winter months, causing light rainfall, may also lower the night temperatures and increase wind speed creating wind-chill effect.

The isotherms of winter (January), ranging from less than 6oC in the north to above 10oC in the south-east, show few variations in temperatures. The greater part of Rajasthan, except the south-eastern part of Kota, Bundi and Baran and the western district of Barmer exhibits the mean temperatures of more than 10oC. The secondary depressions (western disturbances) accompanied by the ice-cold winds, emanating from the higher latitudes, may bring entire Rajasthan under the spell of the cold wave for the periods of 2 to 5 days during winter months.

From a Raj. Govt website:
http://www.rajirrigation.gov.in/1temper.htm
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Just back and Delhi had a cold wave with temperatures reaching 3 degrees celsius at night. This meant T-shirt weather during the day for us Dutchmen with temperature reaching 19 degrees celsius in the afternoon.

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I traveled there this July. very hot muggy but not so many travelers either. it worked out very well.

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