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The eastern state of West Bengal experiences a tropical type of climate due to its geographical location. The state has diversity in physiography as it touches the Himalayas in the north and is bordered by the Bay of Bengal in south. The northern districts remain cold through out the year and for that reason, the hill stations are favored by the tourists especially during the summer months.

The climate of West Bengal is full of variation. The seasons in West Bengal can be broadly categorized into summer, winter, autumn and rainy seasons. The summer months in West Bengal span from mid of March to mid of June. During this time, the average temperature is 38 degree to 45 degree. The low-pressure areas formed on the plains due to high temperature causes nor-westers. This brings a sudden drop in the temperature.

The monsoon season in West Bengal is much awaited as the landscape turns lush green after the monsoon showers. By the middle of June, monsoon approaches the state and it is influenced by the winds blowing from Bay of Bengal. The autumn season in West Bengal is welcomed with a number of festive occasions. From September the festive mood commences and it is during this cool and pleasant climate, the festival of Durga Puja is celebrated in West Bengal.

During the winter season, the weather of West Bengal remains very pleasant. The state experiences a mild cold climate while the temperature drops very low in the hilly region of West Bengal. From about mid November, winter approaches West Bengal and temperature rises not before the middle of February. The temperature varies around 15 degree in these cold months.

Last Updated on 21 March 2013