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Average Weather in Zhangjiajie China

In Zhangjiajie, the wet season is warm and humid, the dry season is cold, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 33°F to 89°F and is rarely below 27°F or above 93°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Zhangjiajie for warm-weather activities is from early September to mid October.

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The hot season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 20 to September 20, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F. The hottest day of the year is July 26, with an average high of 89°F and low of 76°F.

The cool season lasts for 3.0 months, from December 3 to March 2, with an average daily high temperature below 57°F. The coldest day of the year is January 19, with an average low of 33°F and high of 49°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

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

Average Hourly Temperature in ZhangjiajieJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoolcoolwarmhotvery coldcomfortablevery coldcomfortable
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.

Memphis, Tennessee, United States (7,807 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Zhangjiajie (view comparison).

Clouds

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

The clearer part of the year in Zhangjiajie begins around September 3 and lasts for 6.3 months, ending around March 12. On December 17, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 67% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 33% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around March 12 and lasts for 5.7 months, ending around September 3. On July 6, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 71% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 29% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in ZhangjiajieclearerclearercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Dec 1767%Dec 1767%Jul 629%Jul 629%Sep 348%Sep 348%Mar 1248%Mar 1248%clearmostly 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 Zhangjiajie varies significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 7.6 months, from March 9 to October 27, with a greater than 27% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 44% on June 22.

The drier season lasts 4.4 months, from October 27 to March 9. The smallest chance of a wet day is 9% on December 18.

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 44% on June 22.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in ZhangjiajiewetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jun 2244%Jun 2244%Dec 189%Dec 189%Mar 927%Mar 927%Oct 2727%Oct 2727%rainmixed
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. Zhangjiajie experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Zhangjiajie. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 27, with an average total accumulation of 8.5 inches.

The least rain falls around December 27, with an average total accumulation of 0.7 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

Average Monthly Rainfall in ZhangjiajieJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in5 in10 in15 inJun 278.5 inJun 278.5 inDec 270.7 inDec 270.7 in
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.

Snowfall

The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Zhangjiajie does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 0.1 inches of 0.1 inches throughout.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in ZhangjiajiesnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in2 in4 in6 in8 inJan 300.1 inJan 300.1 inJul 190.0 inJul 190.0 in
The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (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 rainfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Zhangjiajie varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2019, the shortest day is December 22, with 10 hours, 17 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 1 minute of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in ZhangjiajieJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 6 minMar 2112 hr, 6 minMar 2114 hr, 1 minJun 2114 hr, 1 minJun 2112 hr, 8 minSep 2312 hr, 8 minSep 2310 hr, 17 minDec 2210 hr, 17 minDec 22nightnightday
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 5:38 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 55 minutes later at 7:33 AM on January 12. The earliest sunset is at 5:39 PM on December 3, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 2 minutes later at 7:41 PM on July 2.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Zhangjiajie during 2019.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in ZhangjiajieJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 125:38 AMJun 125:38 AM7:41 PMJul 27:41 PMJul 2Dec 35:39 PMDec 35:39 PM7:33 AMJan 127:33 AMJan 12daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2019. 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.

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.

Zhangjiajie experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.5 months, from May 9 to September 25, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 25% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 24, with muggy conditions 99% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is January 22, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in ZhangjiajiemuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jan 220%Jan 220%99%Jul 2499%Jul 24May 925%May 925%Sep 2525%Sep 2525%miserablemiserableoppressiveoppressivedrydryhumidhumidmuggymuggycomfortablecomfortable
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 Zhangjiajie experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from February 1 to May 9, with average wind speeds of more than 5.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.5 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 8.7 months, from May 9 to February 1. The calmest day of the year is October 21, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.0 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in ZhangjiajiewindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mph9 mph10 mph11 mphMar 106.5 mphMar 106.5 mphOct 215.0 mphOct 215.0 mphMay 95.8 mphMay 95.8 mph
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 Zhangjiajie varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 1.2 months, from June 25 to August 1, with a peak percentage of 49% on July 13. The wind is most often from the east for 11 months, from August 1 to June 25, with a peak percentage of 54% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in ZhangjiajieESEJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%southeastwestnorth
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 Zhangjiajie 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 Zhangjiajie for general outdoor tourist activities is from early September to mid October, with a peak score in the last week of September.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in ZhangjiajieJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.86.80.20.26.06.04.14.1 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism 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 Zhangjiajie for hot-weather activities is from mid July to early September, with a peak score in the second week of August.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Zhangjiajiebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468105.75.70.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/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 Zhangjiajie typically lasts for 9.5 months (286 days), from around February 26 to around December 9, rarely starting before February 2 or after March 20, and rarely ending before November 19 or after December 27.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Zhangjiajiegrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Feb 2650%Feb 2650%Dec 950%Dec 990%Mar 2090%Mar 2090%Nov 1990%Nov 1910%Feb 210%Feb 210%Dec 2710%Dec 270%Jan 120%Jan 12Jul 20100%Jul 20100%very coldcoldwarmhotcoolcomfortable
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 Zhangjiajie should appear around March 4, only rarely appearing before February 17 or after March 22.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in ZhangjiajieJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F1,000°F2,000°F3,000°F4,000°F5,000°FMar 483°FMar 483°FMay 14900°FMay 14900°FDec 315,303°FDec 315,303°F
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 some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from May 3 to September 12, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.2 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 21, with an average of 5.7 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from November 5 to February 18, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 24, with an average of 2.8 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in ZhangjiajiebrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWhJul 215.7 kWhJul 215.7 kWhDec 242.8 kWhDec 242.8 kWhMay 35.2 kWhMay 35.2 kWhSep 125.2 kWhSep 125.2 kWhFeb 183.4 kWhFeb 183.4 kWh
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 Zhangjiajie are 29.129 deg latitude, 110.478 deg longitude, and 715 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Zhangjiajie contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,155 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 737 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,442 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (6,070 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Zhangjiajie is covered by trees (47%), cropland (26%), and artificial surfaces (13%), within 10 miles by trees (59%) and cropland (19%), and within 50 miles by trees (65%) and cropland (13%).

Data Sources

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

Zhangjiajie is further than 200 kilometers from the nearest reliable weather station, so the weather-related data on this page were taken entirely from NASA's MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis . 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.

The temperature and dew point estimates are corrected for the difference between the reference elevation of the MERRA-2 grid cell and the elevation of Zhangjiajie, according to the International Standard Atmosphere .

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.

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 aiports 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.