Tibet Weather & Climate

Geographically the Tibetan plateau is known as the roof of the world or third pole of the earth. With an average altitude of 4950m above sea level, the Tibetan plateau is bound by two mighty mountain ranges. The Himalayan range consists of the world highest peak Mt.Everest and is situated from south to west. The Thanggula range in the north consists of alpine terrain conditions, severe, dry and continental climate in Tibet. With strong winds, low humidity, a rarefied atmosphere and a huge fluctuation in annual daytime temperatures, the Tibetan plateau is exposed to an unhampered cool arctic air from the north; while the southern tropical and equatorial air masses barely penetrate the Himalayan barrier into Central Asia. The strong heat during the summer months and the freezing in winter produce clear seasonal variations in atmospheric circulation and enhance the role of local centres of atmospheric activity.

Tibet atmosphere is severely dry for nine months of the year, and average annual snowfall is only 18 inches, due to the rain shadow effect. Western passes receive small amounts of fresh snow each year but remain traversable all year round. Low temperatures are prevalent throughout the western regions. The Indian monsoon exerts some influence on eastern Tibet. Northern Tibet is subject to high temperatures in the summer and intense cold in the winter. All of these conditions make touring through Tibet one of the most incredible and inspirational journeys on earth.

Below are the annual temperature tables of major cities in Tibet for a clear understanding of the Tibet climate distinction

Climate table of Tibet major cities in comparison

Place Name

Average Annual Temperature

(C°)

Average Monthly Temperature

(C°)

Altitude

North Latitude

Lhasa

7.5

-2.2

3658

29°42"

Tsedang/Samye

8.3

-0.7

3500

29°15"

Gyantse

4.7

-5.1

4040

28°55"

Shigatse

6.3

-3.8

3836

29°13"

Damshong

1.3

-9.9

4200

30°29"

Nakchu

-1.9

13.9

4507

31°29"

Tingri/Dingri

0.7

-11.3

4300

28°38"

Nyintri(Bayi)

8.6

-0.2

3000

39°33"

Pomi

8.5

-0.2

2750

29°52"

Chamdo

7.6

-2.5

3240

31°11"

 

Lhasa annual temperature table

Months

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Highest Temperature

(C°)

6.8

9.2

12

13.7

19.7

22.5

21.7

20.7

19.6

16.4

11.6

7.7

Lowest Temperature

(C°)

-10.2

-6.9

-3.2

0.9

5.1

9.2

9.9

9.4

7.6

1.4

-5

-9.1

 

Tsedang or Samye annual Temperature table

Months

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Highest Temperature

(C°)

-1

-4

2

5

11

15

16

14

12

5

2

1

Lowest Temperature

(C°)

-18

-16

-13

-8

-3

3

5

2

1

-5

-10

-16

 

Shigatse annual Temperature table

Months

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Highest Temperature

(C°)

5.7

8

11

15.5

19.5

22.1

21.

19.6

18.7

15.2

10.7

7

Lowest Temperature

(C°)

-13.1

-9.5

-5.4

-0.7

3.4

7.6

8.7

8.1

5.8

-1.2

-8

-12

 

Nakchu annual Temperature table

Months

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Highest Temperature

(C°)

-1

-4

2

5

11

15

16

14

12

5

2

1

Lowest Temperature

(C°)

-18

-16

-13

-8

-3

3

5

2

1

-5

-10

-16

 

Nyintri annual Temperature table 

Months

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Highest Temperature

(C°)

11

8

12

15

19

21

22

24

23

19

17

10

Lowest Temperature

(C°)

-3

-2

-1

3

5

10

13

14

12

11

8

-3

 

Shiquanhe(Ali) annual Temperature table

Months

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Highest Temperature

(C°)

-2

-3

-1

5

14

17

21

18

16

8

1

-1

Lowest Temperature

(C°)

-16

-17

-15

-13

-5

-2

3

2

3

0

-13

-16


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