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Swat Weather

The swat weather varies by its location, on average the temperature may fluctuate between 10°C (50°F) and 15°C (59°F). For example, the weather of Swat in summer in the lower areas such as in Mingora is around 29.2°C (84.6°F) and 23.0°C (73.4°F) in the upper regions i.e. in Kalam.

swat weather

Swat Weather Forecast by Met Office

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. Watch out for floods in Swat.

Swat Temperature

The temperature in the lower swat in summer can go up to 35°C (95°F) and can fall below -10°C (14°F) on cold winter nights.

In winter, swat weather can be harsh and can go frequently below sub-zero during cold nights. The average daily temperature in winter in lower swat is 7.6°C (45.7°F) and 1.5°C (34.7°F) in upper swat regions.

Also, the temperature in upper swat in areas such as Malam Jabba, Kalam, or other elevated areas (high snow-capped mountains and places with glaciers) can go fall below -25°C (-13°F) in extreme winter times.

From the data analysis from the past weather forecast, it is evident that weather in the upper swat is more unpredictable and mostly snowy, windy, rainy, and harsh.

swat summer weather

Today’s Weather Forecast for Lower Swat (Saidu Sharif)

Lower Swat (Saidu Sharif) Weather

Today’s Weather Forecast for Upper Swat (Kalam)

Upper Swat (Kalam) Weather

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.

swat weather hot summer day

Swat Weather in Spring Season (Temperature) 

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 are plenty of activities to enjoy.

swat spring cloudy weather

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 spring break?

Swat Weather in Summer Season (Temperature)

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 in midsummer than down on the 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?

Swat Weather in Autumn Season (Temperature)

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 colours 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.

Swat Weather in Winter Season (Temperature)

December, January, and February are generally the coldest months in Swat, with the average maximum temperature usually around 5°C (41°F).

Swat Snowfall Forecast

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 high-peak mountains in the upper swat region are covered with snow all year round 365 days a year.

swat snowfall weather

Heavy snowfall in swat and icy weather conditions can cause dangerous driving conditions in the winter months. Black ice forms on roadways and can produce a nearly invisible hazard. As temperatures approach freezing, icy conditions can develop, especially on roadways where elevation is higher, and bridges and overpasses.

Avoid driving in very bad weather conditions especially during heavy snowfall unless essential. But if you must drive, here’s how to make sure you and your car are as prepared as possible and what to do if you are caught out in bad weather in swat valley.

swat snowfall car and jeeps driving

  • Plan journeys according to the weather forecast to have a better understanding of what you would expect.
  • Plan your journeys on and around major roads, which are more likely to be cleared of snow, ice, and other dangerous obstructions. Avoid shortcuts on minor roads.
  • Allow extra time – The snowfall itself or the black ice forms on roadways thereafter causes extreme delays. Get up earlier to allow time to de-ice the car and allow much longer for journeys.
  • Wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes to drive in.

Note: 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.

winter sports at swat Malam Jabba ski resort

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.

3 thoughts on “Swat Weather

  1. It is mid of December which is considered the beginning of cold weather in swat valley and luckily I’m on my winter trip in swat. The temperature these days goes low but the weather is still bearable. Just to give you a rough idea of the temperature variation by its location, Today there was a 14°C (57.2°F) difference in temperate when comparing the temperature difference in Kalam (upper Swat) and the Mingora (lower Swat). It is now mid of December (Nighttime) I am in Kalam (the upper Swat) and the temperature here is around -7°C (19.4°F) but I just spoke to my friends staying in the Mingora (the lower Swat) and they told me that temperature there is around 7°C (44.6°F).

    Kalam Valley is at a distance of 96km (59 miles) from Mingora and that brings a change of 14°C (57.2°F) in temperature. Bear in mind the weather in Swat goes much cold, rainy, and snowy in January and February but I still enjoy it not only for skiing and winter sports but I also love to stay in cold weather in Swat for a change.

  2. I know weather forecasts are always somewhat inaccurate. But I am having trouble trying to figure out the weather for this weekend is in swat because all of the weather sites have a different forecast.

  3. Generally, when the Weather forecasts are significantly different it seems to be because conditions are unstable making it hard to predict. It therefore all depends on how the forecasters are interpreting them, and I’m not convinced any of the major ones are better or worse than the others. The Met Office, linked above, apparently has some serious computing power, it’s the one I would go for, but others are probably just as good.

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