The swat weather is often associated with cold and snow but in reality, it varies between -25°C (-13°F) and 35°C (95°F) depending on the season and location of the valley. Although the swat weather mostly is famous for its predictable nature yet the weather in the upper swat can be harsh and unpredictable at times.
Weather Forecast in Swat
According to the Met Office Pakistan (Pakistan Meteorological Department) facts-sheet, Swat enjoys four very distinct seasons. As per the historic weather forecast data analysis, the weather in the lower swat (Saidu Sharif, Mingora city, and surrounding areas) is more moderate, stable, and predictable. The temperature in the lower swat in summer can go up to 35°C (95°F) and can fall below -10°C (14°F).
The data analysis from the past weather forecast it is evident that weather in upper swat is more unpredictable and mostly snowy, windy, rainy, and harsh. The temperature in upper swat in areas such as Malam Jabba and Kalam glaciers can go below -25°C (-13°F) in extreme winter times.
Weather Forecast for Lower Swat (Saidu Sharif)
Weather Forecast for Upper Swat (Kalam)
How Climate and Weather in All Seasons Look Like in Swat?
The swat climate has four seasons: a cool winter from November through February; a mild spring from March through May; the summer season, from June through September; and the retreating monsoon period of October and November in autumn. The onset and duration of the swat climate and seasons may vary somewhat according to the location in the valley.
Spring Season in Swat
You can expect average maximum temperatures to range from approximately 7°C (45°F) to 13 °C (55°F) during the months of March, April, and May. A beautiful time to visit swat, this season sees daffodils, bluebells, cherry blossoms, and rhododendrons burst into bloom. With sprightly wildlife and a milder breeze in the air, there’s plenty of activities to enjoy. Even if you do experience an April shower or two, there is a fantastic range of galleries, museums and other attractions to keep you entertained all year-round, regardless of the weather. Why not come for the spring break?
Summer Season in Swat
June, July, and August are normally the warmest months in Swat, with average maximum temperatures ranging from approximately 15°C (59°F) to 17°C (63 °F). Swat’s high latitude means that we enjoy lovely long summer days and often an extended twilight. In the north of the valley, Klam in Swat has about four hours more daylight at midsummer than down in mainland in Pakistan. At this time of year, there is actually no complete darkness in the far north of Swat. And, with the extra hours of daylight, you can pack a lot into your summer holiday. Round of golf at midnight, anyone?
Autumn Season in Swat
In the Autumn (or Fall), Swat is likely to experience temperatures ranging from around 8°C (46°F) to 14°C (57°F) from September to November. The colors of autumn are eye-catching and vibrant, as the trees change from green to fiery reds, oranges, and yellows. It’s a perfect time of year to snap some photographs as you take an invigorating autumn amble through the forest.
Winter Season in Swat
December, January, and February are generally the coldest months in Swat, with the average maximum temperature usually around 5°C (41°F). The average number of days with snow falling in Swat ranges from 15 to 30 days. However, the peaks and mountains of the Highlands experience around 100 days of falling snow. Some of the mountains in the upper swat are covered with snow all year round 365 days a year. The snowsports season varies each year, but generally, it runs from November to April. The swat ski resort at Malam Jabba provides some of the best value snowboarding and skiing in Pakistan and in the rest of Asia.
Tips When Traveling in Cold Climates
- Wear warm clothing in several loose layers.
- Wear a tightly woven, preferably wind-resistant coat or jacket; inner layers of light, warm clothing; mittens; hats; and scarves.
- In wet conditions, shoes should be waterproof and have good traction.
- Wear safety equipment to keep you warm and dry when engaging in adventure activities in cold weather or around cold water.
- Stay dry wet clothing chills the body rapidly. Too much perspiration will increase heat loss, so remove extra layers of clothing whenever you feel too warm.
- Do not ignore shivering. It’s an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors.
”Extreme cold” means cold temperatures drop well below normal for a region. When temperatures are much lower than normal, heat can leave your body more quickly. Heat loss can lead to serious health effects, like hypothermia and frostbite.