Though Vietnam has a tropical climate, there is considerable diversity from north to south and from coast to highlands. In general, the seasonal monsoons bring heavy rains between May and October, while it remains relatively dry from November to February. The hot season bet ween February and April can be uncomfortable, with temperatures reaching up to 35°C (95°F), and humidity rising to a sticky 80 to 100 per cent.
Regionally, the south is consistently warm and humid, with frequent downpours during the rainy season. The central coast suffers typhoons between July and November, but winters are often rainy and cool. The north experiences cold and wet winters bet ween November and March, with occasional snowfall on Mount Fansipan. Summers in the north are warm and humid.