While many travelers may be excited to explore the mysteries of Myanmar (also known as Burma), they should pay close attention to the weather in Yangon when packing for their trip. The former capital, which is also known as Rangoon, has a compelling history and a beautiful natural setting, yet one of the more challenging natural climates that a traveler could ever attempt to endure.

The weather in Myanmar can essentially be broken into three seasons: a cool dry season (late October – mid-February), a hot dry season (mid-February – mid-May) and monsoon season (late May – late October).

It’s the cool dry season (specifically January and February) that is most accommodating for travelers, as the rains are sparse and average temperatures hover around the mid to high 70s. March is also an accommodating month to visit, though as temperatures begin to rise, so too does rainfall and travelers that find themselves visiting Yangon in the summer will be buried under hundreds of inches of rain.

Venturing to more inland destinations will mean less rainfall, though temperatures also tend to grow warmer.

Vacationers will want to be prepared for the intense humidity of the region as well, as warmer days can feel a bit like a sauna.