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What is the overall climate: is it extremely hot or cold, wet or dry, at any time of year, for example?

There are three seasons: Pollution, Extreme Heat, and Dengue. That basically means you can't ever be outside - making this post an excellent fit for a shut-in or someone with agoraphobia. In November, air pollution levels reach crisis proportions. Peoples' children get sick; our secretary's lung collapsed; respiratory problems spike leaving people packed in our medical unit's waiting room. Then, a period of extreme heat, followed by months of monsoon in which at least one person you know will get dengue or chikungunya. They say getting dengue the third time is the worst. - Dec 4, 2017
Climate is not your best friend in New Delhi: It's hot (extreme heat from 105 - 115 F) from April through June, followed by the monsoon season (hot and humid) from July - mid September, followed by pollution and cooler weather through mid February. The nicest time is from mid February - end of March. - Oct 22, 2017
Nov-Jan is chilly (lows 40F but warms up to 60sF). Feb and March is pretty nice (like spring). April-June is really hot and dry (like 110F+). July-Sept is hot and wet (90s and really really humid). Oct is fall-like--pretty dry and nice. - Mar 15, 2017
Extreme dry heat from March - July, then extreme heat and monsoon through August/September, then it starts cooling off and will be cold from Nov (40s-50s) until February. There are exactly two weeks of pleasant weather and decent air in October and February. - Feb 14, 2017
I've never lived anywhere with worse weather. There's the really hot and dry season (temps of 115 F), then the really humid hot season, then the monsoon where it rains a ton (which I don't mind because it cleans the air), then the pollution and colder temps, then you might get two or three nice weeks, then back to crazy hot. - Nov 8, 2016
Temperatures from May - September are above 100F every day. It is very hot, humid, and wet from June to September. From November to February, the highs are in the 80's, and the lows are in the '40s (Fahrenheit). Along with the cooler weather in the winter comes the intoxicating air pollution. - Jun 2, 2016
Delhi winters are pleasant but with horrible air pollution. Spring and autumn are short. Summer is hot (120F+ degrees), then hot & humid (humidity around 80% in June-September). - Sep 6, 2014
Hot and humid in summer, monsoon in late summer, then cooler (nice and temperate) in fall and winter. - Sep 3, 2014
Hot in summer, and humid and rainy. In winter, it's nice and cool actually. Too bad the air smells so awful, because if it didn't smell so bad, you'd want to be outside all the time in the winter. - Aug 14, 2013
Dry and oven hot in summer, pleasant in winter (if you are breathing purified air in your car). November and February are gorgeous. Monsoon isn't as severe here as in Mumbai, but when it rains, traffic is a nightmare. Also, the weather lends itself to all sorts of antibiotic-immune super bugs. Hello, scarlet fever, cholera, dengue,, etc. - May 18, 2013
Starting in April it goes from cool to warm to Hot to scorching in a matter of a week or two, where it remains until the rains arrive in August. Then it goes back down to HOT and humid until the fall arrives, when it becomes hot and less humid. The winter rolls in quickly in November, when temperatures drop to chilly at night, but remain pleasant during the day. By December, the fogs roll in to mingle with the fumes of burning trash, keeping a permanent London-like fog on the city through February. Then temperatures begin to climb again. - Oct 21, 2012
Very hot in summer, lots of rain and humidity during monsoon. Nicely cool in winter but lots of smog. - Sep 16, 2012
It is hot, hot and humid, hot and rainy, or cold in Delhi. Those are the four season. - Aug 12, 2011
you'll experience 3-4 weeks of semi-pleasant weather in a year. the rest is unbearable. - Aug 7, 2011
HOT dry summers, cold dry winters, humid monsoons, and a few great weeks of Spring like weather in February and November. - Aug 4, 2011
Summer is painfully hot, but the rest of the year is fine. - Jan 8, 2011
Months of monsoon rain this year with a huge outbreak of dengue fever. Winter is cold and very smoggy/polluted. Oct/Nov and then Feb/March are nice, but the rest of the year is a trial. - Sep 18, 2010
I have experienced it all here: Freezing cold in winter (with a horrendous white fog covering the whole town for days) or scorching hot (48-50 celsius). Rains and humidity in between. - Aug 30, 2010
Crazy hot in the summer and shockingly cold in the winter. - Aug 12, 2010
It was still a shock to find out how cold it gets in Delhi in the winter. The mornings are very cold. It warms up during the day, and then the evenings are cold again. So bring clothes that you can layer. The summer is, well, HOT! It hits 115F. - Aug 1, 2010
It was still a shock to find out how cold it gets in Delhi in the winter. The mornings were very cold, warmed up during the day then got much colder at night. So bring clothes that you can layer. The summer is well, HOT! - Mar 11, 2008
Well, there's raining and not raining. When it's raining, it's hot and of course humid. When it's not raining, it's hot intially, followed by a shortened fall type feel, an even shorter winter, and then it starts warming up again. - Feb 4, 2008