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Weather In Velankanni

Velankanni being a coastal civic nestled along the shoreline of the Bay of Bengal predominantly experiences humid sub tropical climate all through the year. The three major seasons those make up the annual climatic cycle of Velankanni and the adjacent terrain are summer, monsoon and winter.

Summer in Velankanni sets in during the month of March and lasts till May or early June when the temperature generally hovers within the range of 22°c and 38°c. April and May are the hottest months of the year. At times, sporadic summer rains increase humidity which consequentially boosts the heat up. Though the summer days are significantly hot and sweltering, the cool and refreshing sea breeze renders the evenings notably pleasing and agreeable. Though the Basilica of Velankanni is crowded by the pilgrims all twelve months of the year irrespective of season and climate, tourists generally avoid visiting Velankanni during summer.

Monsoon in Velankanni extends from June to September when the rejuvenating rain showers offer relaxation from the scorching summer heat and the climate turns considerably moderate and amicable. The Southwest and Northeast Monsoon drenches Velankanni with medium to heavy downpours and once in a while the vicinity also experiences minor cyclones and intermittent thunder storms. The average annual precipitation of Velankanni is recorded to be about 1000 mm while the temperature ranges between 24°c and 29°c during this season. Typically the monsoon days remain humid and cloudy but sometimes when the climate is sunny, the high humidity of the weather makes it exceedingly hot. Monsoon is also not a convenient season for sightseeing and tourism activities in Velankanni as the heavy rains can disrupt your outing plans.

Winter in Velankanni stretches from November to February when the temperature sweeps in the range of 19°c to 32°c. This holy civic enjoys pleasurable and salubrious climate during winter which is accompanied by minor tidal waves or Tsunamis from time to time. January is the coldest month of the year when the maximum temperature doesn’t cross the limit of 29°c. Though the Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health is thronged by the pilgrims all round the year, October to March is the most ideal season for paying a visit to Velankanni. However, if you are looking forward to participating or witnessing the annual feast of Mother Mary i.e. the ‘Arokkaiyamatha Festival’, you must plan your visit to Velankanni in late August or early September.