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Warm spring, Beijing

Beijing is located in East Asia, so the climate has obvious regional differences. The climate in Beijing belongs to the warm temperate zone, half moist continental monsoon climate, featuring four distinct seasons: arid multi-windy spring, hot and multi- rain summer, sunny and fresh autumn and the cold and dry winter. The annual precipitation is about 644 millimeters and the annual average temperature is approximately 10~12 oC(50~53.6oF). Spring and autumn are short (respectively lasting for two months and 6 weeks, but summer and winter last longer, respectively being about three months and more than five months.

January is the coldest month of the year, with the average temperature approximately -7~-4 oC(24.8~44.6 oF), while July is hottest of the year, and the average temperature is about 25~26 oC(77~78.8 oF). The extreme lowest temperature of the year is -27.4 oC(17.32 oF) and the extreme highest temperature is above 42 oC(107.6 oF). The annual frost-free period is usually between 180 and 200 days. The rainy season is of much non-uniformity, 75% of the precipitation is in the summer and rainstorms are usually in July and August.

In winter, the cold northeasterly wind seldom penetrates the mountains in the north of the city, and without the associated wind-chill, temperatures are higher than expected. Hence, the winter in Beijing is warmer than other areas of similar latitude.

There is little rainfall and many sandstorms in spring. Once spring arrives, the temperature increases rapidly and the air humidity is reduced, so the weather will be drier and the land will become more arid, consequently the sandy soil can be easily blown away.

When entering the summer, it will become much hotter in the city. The daytime temperature generally is about 34 oC(93.2 oF), and there will be many rainstorms. The total sum of the precipitation in summer may be 70% of the rainfall in the whole year.

So, autumn is the best season of the year in Beijing. Only the autumn has pleasant weather with clear sky and the best air quality, which thereat is called the 'golden season'. Also, autumn is the best traveling time of the whole year to Beijing, specifically in September and October. In addition, May is another good choice.

Additional Columns Attached for more detailed info

Month
Average
oC/oF
Highest
oC/oF
Lowest
oC/oF
Rainfall
mm
Wind Speed
m/s   ft/m
January
-4.6/23.7
10.7/51.2
-22.8/-9.0
2.6
2.4/8.5
February
-2.1/28.2
15.5/59.9
-17.6/0.3
7.7
2.7/8.8
March
4.7/40.5
22.6/72.6
-12.5/9.5
9.1
3.0/9.8
April
13.0/55.4
31.1/87.9
-2.4/27.7
22.4
3.3/10.8
May
19.9/67.8
36.6/97.8
3.7/38.6
26.1
2.8/9.1
June
23.6/74.5
38.9/102.0
11.2/52.1
70.4
2.2/7.2
July
25.8/78.4
39.6/103.2
16.1/60.9
196.6
1.7/5.5
August
24.4/75.9
38.3/100.9
12.3/54.1
243.5
1.6/5.2
September
19.1/66.3
32.3/90.1
4.9/40.8
63.9
1.8/5.9
October
12.2/53.9
29.3/84.7
-1.4/24.6
21.1
2.1/6.8
November
4.3/39.7
23.373.9
-11.6/11.1
7.9
2.2/7.2
December
-2.5/27.5
13.5/56.3
-18.0/-0.3
1.6
2.5/8.2

Seasons
Partition
Spring
Summer
Autumn
Winter
April 1~ May 25
May 26 ~ Sep 5
Sep 6 ~ Oct 25
Oct 26 ~ Mar 31
55 days
103 days
50 days
157 days

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Comments and Questions

I'm not asking anything yet but your blog was a good read and the Q&A here...Kudos!

PS: I'm going there on October 21-25.. :)

Reply2/22/2017 11:51:06 AMAllan Royce Casipit,   Philippines

Hello,
I'm planning to go to Tianjin/Beijing from 16th Nov 2016 to 9th Dece 2016. What should I pack for the clothes?

Thanks

Reply11/10/2016 10:30:27 AMNurul,   Malaysia

Amy ( Canada ) :11/10/2016 8:02:09 PM

In the two cities, it will be cloudy and rain lightly sometimes. The temperature will vary from 20F to 40F. It is quite cold. You should pack down jackets, sweaters, shirts, pants, boots, scarves, and gloves. Keep warm and have fun!

I'm going to Shanghai and Beijing in november 17-23th. What should i pack? How's the weather there? Thank you!

Reply10/14/2016 3:37:47 AMLily Huang,   Indonesia

Lydia ( Australia ) :10/16/2016 9:16:05 PM

In Beijing, it may be cloudy and snow sometimes. The temperature may range from 25F to 35F. In Shanghai, it may be cloudy and rain lightly sometimes. The temperature may range from 55F to 60F. You should pack down jackets, sweaters, shirts, pants, boots, sneakers, and an umbrella. Have a nice trip! :)

What is the weather in Beijing on nov 24-28, 2016? What clothes to bring? Can we still see the red leaves? Thanks.

Reply8/22/2016 8:54:00 AMWinnie,   Philippines

Ali ( Germany ) :8/22/2016 9:16:29 PM

It may be cloudy and snow slightly sometimes. The temperature may range from 20F to 30F. It is cold. You are advised to take down jackets, sweaters, warm pants, boots, scarves, and gloves. I am afraid that the leaves may have fallen by then. The best time to see the red leaves lasts from late October to early November.

Hi,I will be travelling to Beijing, Chengde and Tianjin from 23 to 30 Oct 2016.Can you tell me what weather it is and what clothes to prepare for our trip. My wife and I are both 61years old.

Reply6/7/2016 9:32:45 PMVincent,   Malaysia

Danny ( Switzerland ) :6/12/2016 5:05:01 AM

It may be sunny and rain slightly sometimes. The temperature may range from 25 to 55F in Chengde, and 40F to 60F in BJ and Tianjin. You are advised to pack down jackets, sweaters, shirts, warm pants, and unbrellas. Have a nice trip! :)

I would go to Beijing on 27/10/2016 to 2/11/2016.Can I know what clothes to bring and the weather conditions at that time.

Reply5/18/2016 12:07:01 AMLee thung Xuen,   Malaysia

Amy ( Germany ) :5/19/2016 4:48:32 AM

It may be sunny then, and the temperature may range from 35F to 60F. You are advised to take thick jackets, sweaters, warm pants, boots, scarves, glooves, and an umbrella in case of rain. :)

I am travelling to great wall from 8 Nov 2016 - 15 Nov 2016
How is the weather there?
Can I still see the red leaves during this period?
Thank you.

Reply4/21/2016 11:51:48 PMBird,   Malaysia

Lydia ( Australia ) :4/22/2016 5:56:42 AM

It may be cloudy, and rain or snow slightly then. The temperature will range from 35F to 55F. You are advised to take thick jackets, sweaters, warm pants, and an umbrella. Yes, you can see the red leaves then.

What clothes to bring for 16 degrees weather? we are going in Beijing 28 -31 march ,1-2 april Xian , 4-5 april Shanghai and 5-6 april BJ. Best Regards Nazi

Reply3/20/2016 8:50:47 AMnazi,   Georgia

Lora ( Australia ) :3/22/2016 2:14:01 AM

Well, you are advised to take light jacket, shirts, pants, and an umbrella in case of rain. Have a wonderful trip! : )

Hi, im going to beijing on 21 jan 2016 til 26 jan. is there any chance to see snow?

Reply12/2/2015 7:26:25 PMIdda,   Malaysia

Tiana ( Brazil ) :12/8/2015 10:00:52 PM

I am working here. It may just snow a little in Jan. and the possibility of snowfall during your trip is not that high. If you would go only for snow, the further northern area like harbin is a better choice.

Idda :12/11/2015 11:49:37 AM

Thank you Tiana! ;)

Going to Beijing next week....how should we pack?

Reply11/20/2015 1:06:34 AMMO,   United States

Joe :11/24/2015 9:26:09 PM

Hope this is too late for you:
It will be cold in the city and the lowest temp drops to -8C. Down jacket, sweater, long john, and thick pants should be prepared. It is dry and a little windy. Bring gloves, scarves and mask as well.
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