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Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Yinchuan China

In Yinchuan, the summers are long, warm, and partly cloudy; the winters are short, freezing, and mostly clear; and it is dry year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 9°F to 85°F and is rarely below 0°F or above 92°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Yinchuan for warm-weather activities is from late May to early September.

Climate in Yinchuan

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Yinchuan weather by month. Click on each chart for more information.

Average Temperature in Yinchuan

The warm season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 13 to September 13, with an average daily high temperature above 74°F. The hottest day of the year is July 20, with an average high of 85°F and low of 67°F.

The cold season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 23 to February 20, with an average daily high temperature below 40°F. The coldest day of the year is January 12, with an average low of 9°F and high of 29°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in Yinchuan

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The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature in Yinchuan

Average Hourly Temperature in YinchuanJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowfrigidfreezingfreezingcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmvery coldvery coldfrigid
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.

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Clouds

In Yinchuan, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Yinchuan begins around July 20 and lasts for 6.6 months, ending around February 8. On November 28, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 76% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 24% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around February 8 and lasts for 5.4 months, ending around July 20. On May 1, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 44% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 56% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories in Yinchuan

Cloud Cover Categories in YinchuanclearerclearercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Nov 2876%Nov 2876%May 156%May 156%Jul 2066%Jul 2066%Feb 866%Feb 866%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Yinchuan varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 3.2 months, from June 16 to September 22, with a greater than 10% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 19% on August 25.

The drier season lasts 8.8 months, from September 22 to June 16. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on January 6.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 19% on August 25.

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Yinchuan

Daily Chance of Precipitation in YinchuanwetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Aug 2519%Aug 2519%Jan 60%Jan 60%Feb 221%Feb 221%Dec 130%Dec 130%Jun 1610%Jun 1610%NowNowrain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Yinchuan experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 4.8 months, from May 6 to September 30, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around August 11, with an average total accumulation of 1.3 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from September 30 to May 6. The least rain falls around January 6, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in Yinchuan

Average Monthly Rainfall in YinchuanrainJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.0 in0.5 in0.5 in1.0 in1.0 in1.5 in1.5 in2.0 in2.0 in2.5 in2.5 in3.0 in3.0 inAug 111.3 inAug 111.3 inJan 60.0 inJan 60.0 inMay 60.5 inMay 60.5 inSep 300.5 inSep 300.5 inNowNow
The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Yinchuan varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 29 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 51 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Yinchuan

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in YinchuanJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 8 minMar 2012 hr, 8 minMar 2014 hr, 51 minJun 2114 hr, 51 minJun 2112 hr, 10 minSep 2312 hr, 10 minSep 239 hr, 29 minDec 219 hr, 29 minDec 21nightnightdayNowNow
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 5:30 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 42 minutes later at 8:12 AM on January 6. The earliest sunset is at 5:33 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 49 minutes later at 8:23 PM on June 28.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Yinchuan during 2021.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Yinchuan

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in YinchuanJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 145:30 AMJun 145:30 AM8:23 PMJun 288:23 PMJun 28Dec 65:33 PMDec 65:33 PM8:12 AMJan 68:12 AMJan 6daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2021. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.

Moon

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in Yinchuan

The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

Yinchuan experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 1.8 months, from July 1 to August 26, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 4% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 29, with muggy conditions 15% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is November 19, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels in Yinchuan

Humidity Comfort Levels in YinchuanmuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Nov 190%Nov 190%Jul 2915%Jul 2915%Jul 14%Jul 14%NowNowmuggymuggydrydrycomfortablecomfortablehumidhumid
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Yinchuan experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 3.7 months, from February 28 to June 18, with average wind speeds of more than 8.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 26, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.9 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 8.4 months, from June 18 to February 28. The calmest day of the year is January 23, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.8 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in Yinchuan

Average Wind Speed in YinchuanwindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mph16 mph16 mph18 mph18 mphApr 269.9 mphApr 269.9 mphJan 236.8 mphJan 236.8 mphFeb 288.4 mphFeb 288.4 mphJun 188.4 mphJun 188.4 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Yinchuan varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 4.4 months, from May 27 to October 7, with a peak percentage of 37% on July 25. The wind is most often from the west for 7.6 months, from October 7 to May 27, with a peak percentage of 53% on January 1.

Wind Direction in Yinchuan

Wind Direction in YinchuanWSWJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwestsoutheastnorth
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Yinchuan throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.

The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Yinchuan for general outdoor tourist activities is from late May to early September, with a peak score in the second week of August.

Tourism Score in Yinchuan

Tourism Score in Yinchuanbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810107.57.50.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature tourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Yinchuan for hot-weather activities is from early July to early August, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Beach/Pool Score in Yinchuan

Beach/Pool Score in YinchuanJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810106.06.00.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature beach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.

Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.

Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.

Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.

Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it 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).

The growing season in Yinchuan typically lasts for 6.5 months (198 days), from around April 8 to around October 23, rarely starting before March 20 or after April 26, and rarely ending before October 8 or after November 6.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Yinchuan

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Yinchuangrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Apr 850%Apr 850%Oct 2350%Oct 2390%Apr 2690%Apr 2690%Oct 890%Oct 810%Mar 2010%Mar 2010%Nov 610%Nov 60%Dec 120%Dec 12Jul 19100%Jul 19100%frigidfreezingcoolcomfortablewarmhotcoldvery 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 percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Yinchuan should appear around April 9, only rarely appearing before April 1 or after April 19.

Growing Degree Days in Yinchuan

Growing Degree Days in YinchuanJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F500°F500°F1,000°F1,000°F1,500°F1,500°F2,000°F2,000°F2,500°F2,500°F3,000°F3,000°F3,500°F3,500°FApr 990°FApr 990°FJun 9900°FJun 9900°FJul 181,800°FJul 181,800°FDec 313,339°FDec 313,339°FNowNow
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from April 15 to August 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.3 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 10, with an average of 7.3 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from November 5 to February 6, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.6 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 2.7 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Yinchuan

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in YinchuanbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhJun 107.3 kWhJun 107.3 kWhDec 232.7 kWhDec 232.7 kWhApr 156.3 kWhApr 156.3 kWhAug 146.3 kWhAug 146.3 kWhNov 53.6 kWhNov 53.6 kWhFeb 63.6 kWhFeb 63.6 kWhNowNow
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Yinchuan are 38.468 deg latitude, 106.273 deg longitude, and 3,665 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Yinchuan is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 79 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 3,649 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (177 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (8,110 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Yinchuan is covered by artificial surfaces (83%), within 10 miles by cropland (45%) and artificial surfaces (14%), and within 50 miles by grassland (52%) and cropland (15%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Yinchuan, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There is only a single weather station, Yinchuan Hedong Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Yinchuan.

At a distance of 5 kilometers from Yinchuan, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.

The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Yinchuan according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.