Climate and Average Weather Year Round in China

We show the climate in China by comparing the average weather in 5 representative places: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, and Ürümqi.

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Average High and Low Temperature in China

Average High and Low Temperature in ChinaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°F73178834793590458051649467284NowNowBeijingBeijingChongqingChongqingShanghaiShanghaiÜrümqiÜrümqiGuangzhouGuangzhou
The daily average high and low air temperature at 2 meters above the ground.
HighJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Beijing 35°F42°F54°F69°F80°F86°F88°F86°F78°F66°F50°F38°F
Shanghai 46°F49°F56°F66°F75°F81°F89°F88°F81°F72°F62°F51°F
Guangzhou 65°F67°F72°F79°F85°F89°F91°F91°F88°F84°F76°F69°F
Chongqing 52°F56°F65°F74°F80°F85°F92°F91°F82°F72°F63°F54°F
Ürümqi 20°F25°F41°F61°F72°F80°F84°F81°F72°F55°F37°F24°F
LowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Beijing 18°F23°F35°F49°F59°F68°F73°F70°F60°F47°F32°F21°F
Shanghai 35°F38°F45°F54°F63°F71°F78°F78°F70°F61°F50°F39°F
Guangzhou 51°F55°F61°F69°F75°F78°F80°F79°F76°F70°F62°F53°F
Chongqing 44°F47°F54°F62°F69°F74°F79°F78°F71°F63°F55°F47°F
Ürümqi 3°F8°F25°F43°F55°F64°F67°F64°F53°F39°F22°F9°F

Beijing

Average Hourly Temperature in BeijingJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowfreezingfreezingfreezingvery coldcoolcoolwarmhotvery coldcoldcoldcomfortablefreezing

Shanghai

Average Hourly Temperature in ShanghaiJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowvery coldcoldcoldcoolcoolwarmhotcomfortablecoldvery coldcomfortablevery cold

Guangzhou

Average Hourly Temperature in GuangzhouJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowcoldcoolcoolcoolwarmhotcomfortablecoldcomfortable

Chongqing

Average Hourly Temperature in ChongqingJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmhotcomfortable

Ürümqi

Average Hourly Temperature in ÜrümqiJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowfrigidfrigidfrigidfreezingfreezingcoolcoolcomfortablewarmcoldfrigidcoldvery cold
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Chance of Clearer Skies in China

Chance of Clearer Skies in ChinaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%77587325751671347552NowNowBeijingBeijingChongqingChongqingShanghaiShanghaiÜrümqiÜrümqiGuangzhouGuangzhou
The percentage of time the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy (i.e., less than 60% of the sky is covered by clouds).
Clearer SkiesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Beijing 76%70%65%64%61%59%62%65%69%72%74%77%
Shanghai 65%58%48%44%45%34%32%46%59%69%69%72%
Guangzhou 74%69%63%50%29%17%20%22%39%58%69%75%
Chongqing 69%67%58%51%54%44%39%44%51%59%63%65%
Ürümqi 56%53%53%53%54%57%67%74%73%66%59%57%

Daily Chance of Precipitation in China

Daily Chance of Precipitation in ChinaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%394713589537132NowNowBeijingBeijingChongqingChongqingShanghaiShanghaiÜrümqiÜrümqiGuangzhouGuangzhou
The percentage of days in which precipitation is observed, excluding trace quantities.
Days of Precip.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Beijing 0.3d0.4d1.3d2.6d4.3d8.1d11.6d9.9d5.7d2.9d1.2d0.3d
Shanghai 5.6d6.9d10.4d9.1d8.9d12.1d10.8d10.2d8.2d5.4d5.1d4.4d
Guangzhou 3.7d5.3d7.8d11.8d16.1d17.1d15.8d15.3d10.2d4.7d3.5d2.9d
Chongqing 2.3d3.0d6.8d10.4d13.5d15.0d13.3d11.6d11.1d10.2d5.2d2.5d
Ürümqi 0.9d1.0d1.8d3.3d3.6d3.5d3.8d2.8d2.3d2.2d2.0d1.3d

Average Monthly Rainfall in China

Average Monthly Rainfall in ChinaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 in2 in4 in4 in6 in6 in8 in8 in10 in10 in12 in12 in5.46.81.310.50.31.0BeijingBeijingChongqingChongqingShanghaiShanghaiÜrümqiÜrümqiGuangzhouGuangzhou
The average rainfall accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question.
RainfallJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Beijing 0.0″0.1″0.2″0.6″1.3″2.8″5.2″4.2″1.9″0.7″0.3″0.0″
Shanghai 1.6″2.2″3.2″3.1″3.6″6.2″4.9″4.4″3.9″2.2″1.9″1.3″
Guangzhou 1.4″1.9″3.2″6.4″9.7″10.2″8.2″7.9″5.3″2.2″1.3″1.1″
Chongqing 0.3″0.5″1.3″3.0″4.7″6.4″5.7″4.7″3.9″2.5″1.2″0.4″
Ürümqi 0.0″0.0″0.1″0.7″0.9″0.9″1.0″0.7″0.6″0.4″0.1″0.0″

Average Monthly Snowfall in China

Average Monthly Snowfall in ChinaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.0 in0.5 in0.5 in1.0 in1.0 in1.5 in1.5 in2.0 in2.0 in0.40.21.9NowNowBeijingBeijingChongqingChongqingShanghaiShanghaiÜrümqiÜrümqiGuangzhouGuangzhou
The average snowfall accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question.
SnowfallJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Beijing 0.3″0.2″0.2″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.1″0.3″0.2″
Shanghai 0.1″0.2″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.1″
Guangzhou 0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″
Chongqing 0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″
Ürümqi 1.0″1.4″1.8″0.9″0.1″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.7″1.8″1.7″

Hours of Daylight in China

Hours of Daylight in ChinaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec4 hr4 hr6 hr6 hr8 hr8 hr10 hr10 hr12 hr12 hr14 hr14 hr16 hr16 hr18 hr18 hr20 hr20 hr15.09.314.210.113.610.7NowNowBeijingBeijingChongqingChongqingShanghaiShanghaiÜrümqiÜrümqiGuangzhouGuangzhou
The number of hours during which the Sun is at least partly above the horizon.
DaylightJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Beijing 9.7h10.7h12.0h13.3h14.4h15.0h14.7h13.7h12.4h11.1h10.0h9.4h
Shanghai 10.4h11.1h12.0h13.0h13.8h14.1h13.9h13.2h12.3h11.4h10.6h10.2h
Guangzhou 10.9h11.4h12.0h12.7h13.3h13.5h13.4h12.9h12.3h11.6h11.0h10.7h
Chongqing 10.5h11.2h12.0h12.9h13.7h14.0h13.8h13.2h12.3h11.4h10.7h10.3h
Ürümqi 9.4h10.5h12.0h13.5h14.8h15.4h15.0h13.9h12.4h11.0h9.6h9.0h

Chance of Muggy Conditions in China

Chance of Muggy Conditions in ChinaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%88100198NowNowBeijingBeijingChongqingChongqingShanghaiShanghaiÜrümqiÜrümqiGuangzhouGuangzhou
The percentage of time that is muggy, oppressive, or miserable (i.e., a dew point greater than 65°F).
Muggy daysJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Beijing 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.7d9.3d24.7d21.5d4.9d0.1d0.0d0.0d
Shanghai 0.0d0.0d0.0d1.2d7.9d22.5d30.6d30.0d18.7d5.0d0.7d0.0d
Guangzhou 0.6d2.2d8.7d18.9d27.7d29.6d31.0d30.9d26.4d16.6d6.1d1.1d
Chongqing 0.0d0.0d0.1d2.9d13.9d26.5d30.4d29.1d19.6d5.3d0.1d0.0d
Ürümqi 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.1d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d

Average Wind Speed in China

Average Wind Speed in ChinaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph9.15.312.010.49.06.15.94.57.94.9NowNowBeijingBeijingChongqingChongqingShanghaiShanghaiÜrümqiÜrümqiGuangzhouGuangzhou
The average of mean hourly wind speeds at 10 meters above the ground.
Wind Speed (mph)JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Beijing 7.37.48.18.88.46.85.85.46.06.86.97.2
Shanghai 11.511.611.811.611.310.611.011.311.611.111.311.5
Guangzhou 8.58.78.98.47.57.67.36.36.87.68.38.6
Chongqing 4.75.25.75.85.55.15.25.35.14.64.74.5
Ürümqi 5.15.26.37.57.77.26.96.66.46.05.65.3

Average Water Temperature in China

Average Water Temperature in ChinaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec40°F40°F45°F45°F50°F50°F55°F55°F60°F60°F65°F65°F70°F70°F75°F75°F80°F80°F85°F85°FNaN824565NaNNaNNowNowShanghaiShanghaiGuangzhouGuangzhou
The daily average wide-area surface water temperature.
Water Temp.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Shanghai 47°F45°F48°F55°F64°F72°F79°F81°F78°F71°F63°F54°F
Guangzhou 65°F66°F68°F72°F78°F81°F83°F83°F82°F79°F74°F68°F

Tourism Score in China

Tourism Score in ChinaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810107.37.50.27.42.30.97.9NowNowBeijingBeijingChongqingChongqingShanghaiShanghaiÜrümqiÜrümqiGuangzhouGuangzhou
The tourism score, which favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F.

Beach/Pool Score in China

Beach/Pool Score in ChinaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810106.66.16.60.75.9NowNowBeijingBeijingChongqingChongqingShanghaiShanghaiÜrümqiÜrümqiGuangzhouGuangzhou
The beach/pool score, which favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F.

Growing Season in China

Growing Season in ChinaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%20%20%40%40%60%60%80%80%100%100%NowNowBeijingBeijingChongqingChongqingShanghaiShanghaiÜrümqiÜrümqiGuangzhouGuangzhou
The percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season, defined as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

Growing Degree Days in China

Growing Degree Days in ChinaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F2,000°F2,000°F4,000°F4,000°F6,000°F6,000°F8,000°F8,000°FNowNowBeijingBeijingChongqingChongqingShanghaiShanghaiÜrümqiÜrümqiGuangzhouGuangzhou
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, where growing degree days are defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature (50°F in this case).

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in China

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in ChinaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh6.72.36.02.95.43.96.07.01.8NowNowBeijingBeijingChongqingChongqingShanghaiShanghaiÜrümqiÜrümqiGuangzhouGuangzhou
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter.
Solar Energy (kWh)JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Beijing 2.73.54.85.96.56.56.05.54.73.72.82.3
Shanghai 3.03.74.45.25.95.55.35.45.04.23.32.9
Guangzhou 4.04.34.75.15.25.15.35.15.35.14.44.0
Chongqing 2.83.54.45.25.85.95.95.64.73.62.92.6
Ürümqi 2.23.14.55.86.77.06.96.35.13.72.41.9

This report illustrates the typical weather for Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, and Ürümqi year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

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