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Climate and Clothing Information    

Climate:


 


Bring your sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen; leave the umbrella and raincoat behind. El Paso's average summer high is 95 degree Fahrenheit with very low humidity. Its average winter high temperature is 55-60 degrees. Annual rainfall is only 8.65 inches. El Paso being a desert has a hot climate with hot days and pleasant nights. April to August is the hottest months of the year, with some rainfall in the months of August, September and October. The heat is dry with very little humidity. The nights and early mornings tend to get pleasant and the temperatures drop down. In winter its a bit cold.


 


Clothing:


 


The clothing tends to be as casual as possible. As it is pretty hot throughout the year it is advisable to get summer clothing more than winter ones. Washing is done normally every 2 weeks it would be a good idea to get sufficient number of socks and under garments. As for footwear sneakers, sports shoes and sandals are the most used commodities. Formal shoes or footwear to go with formals are also recommended, for interviews and seminars. To go with traditional wear, anything that is suitable can be brought. For winters it's a good idea to get some woolen clothes, but don't burden yourself with a lots of them, a sweater or two and a jacket would serve the purpose.


 


Guys:



It would be highly convenient to get T-shirts and shorts, as people wear them to the school as well. A few pair of jeans would do a lot good. For formal clothes a few pair of trousers and good shirts would do, though there won't be many occasions to wear them. For presentations and interviews formals are needed so it's a great idea to come prepared. As washing is done normally every 2 weeks it would be a good idea to get sufficient number of socks and under garments. For a few occasions like the Diwali function and other Indian gatherings you could bring Kurta-Payjama or any other traditional dress that you might find appropriate. For shoes mostly sneakers, sports shoes and sandals are worn. Leather shoes for formal occasions and some kind of footwear to go with the traditional dress are recommended. For winters it is recommended to grab a jacket and a sweater.


 


Girls:



The attire for girls is not much different from the guys. T-shirts, jeans and shorts are recommended. For formals, shirts and trousers or skirt would do. Girls do wear Salwaar-Kameez to the college but not very often; it's a personal choice, but for Indian gatherings girls may want to get Salwaar-Kameez or Saree. You are recommended not to bring heavy sarees or salwaar-kameez because you won't get any occasion to wear them. Some of the events like the Diwali or the Garba do call for wearing such stuff so if you wish you might get one. Having one set of formal wear is advisable, for interviews. For winters it is recommended to grab a jacket and a sweater.