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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?

Vietnam has seasons -- a hot, humid summer (90s-100s), short but pleasant spring and fall (70s-80s), and a cool winter (50s-60s). Rain is scattered throughout the year. Overall the climate is similar to southern Georgia or Lousiana. - Dec 12, 2017
There are seasons. I didn't believe this when we landed in sweltering August, but come December you can wear winter jackets through March. The houses are not insulated and most are cement. It gets cold. (No need to bring jackets, NorthFace is made here and cheap). There is a mild, short spring and the temperatures spike around May. - May 4, 2016
Humid all year round. Hot to VERY hot in spring, summer, and autumn. Winter can be chilly (50 F, but it feels colder b/c of the humidity and all the buildings are concrete) - Aug 14, 2015
Warm humid summer, cold (50s F) very humid winters. Can miss the sun for weeks at a time in the winter. - Mar 13, 2015
From April to October it's hot and humid to grossly hot and humid. Winters are pleasantly cool though it can go weeks and possibly months without any sunshine. Weather is not one of Hanoi's attributes. - Aug 12, 2014
Winter is cold and dry, summer very hot and humid with a small chance of typhoon. Floods happen regularly in some areas, but we havenít seen any. - Dec 13, 2011
Springs are generally wet with thunderstorms in the afternoon. Summer is hot and humid. Fall is the best time of year. Winter can get as cold as the 40's. - Aug 23, 2011
Winters are nice. Summers are extremely hot and very humid. Pretty much unbearable. Fall and spring are ok. - May 23, 2010
For 6 months it is very, very hot and humid. The other 6 months are fine: cool winter and pleasant spring, fall. - Dec 19, 2009
Seasonal. Always humid. The winter is mild, the autumn and spring are pleasant, the summer is brutally hot and humid. - Feb 11, 2009
Hanoi has four seasons which is often a surprise for new comers who assume it is tropical. Fall from Nov-Dec is best. Winter is easily tolerable but can get wet and cool down to around 10 C in the early morning from Jan-Mar .So bring a jacket. Spring from April to May is short and generally wet. Summer begins in June but the months of July and August are the hottest (28-32 C) and the most humid. More humid and uncomfortable than in Ho Chi Minh City. The humidity drops and weather cools a bit to 24-26 C by September but it is still warm until Nov. - Sep 27, 2008
Summers are very hot and humid. Winters are pretty mild. short rainy seasons both in the spring and late summer/early fall. - May 17, 2008