Monthly weather forecast and climate
Beijing, China

Beautiful orange evening sky above the ancient Royal Palace buildings in Beijing, China
Beautiful orange evening sky above the ancient Royal Palace buildings in Beijing, China
Beijing, the famous capital of the People's Republic of China, has a continental climate classified under the Köppen climatic classification as Dwa. Influenced by the monsoon winds, Beijing experiences hot, humid summers and cold, dry, and windy winters. The sun shines all year round, and in spring, particularly, it gets warm and dry, and it is sunny with minimal precipitation in autumn.

Temperatures get very low in winter, sometimes coming to as low as -18°C (-0.4°F), especially at night. Although it remains sunny through winter, sometimes it snows, and there is an occurrence of the prevailing cold winds from the Mongolia desert. It is the most extended season.

Spring is a lot warmer, with temperatures going as high as 21°C (69.8°F). It gets sunny, and sometimes rainfall is experienced, albeit minimal.
Summer is long and experiences the monsoon winds bringing with its high rainfall, high humidity, and steady temperatures. The monsoons are irregular and vary from year to year; the rainfall may vary in intensity depending on the monsoons. When it is not raining in summer, it gets scorching, with temperatures going up to as high as 40°C (104°F).

Low humidity, minimal rainfall, and warm, pleasant weather characterize the autumn season. Most of the days are warm and the nights generally cold in the season and temperatures are bearable.
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The best time to visit Beijing is in spring and autumn. In spring, temperatures range between 7°C (44.6°F) and 26°C (78.8°F), making it a perfect time to enjoy the warm, pleasant weather.
This period marks the best time to visit the numerous historic sites and museums, indulge in activities in the Kunming Lake, and even hike the Great Wall. Expect large crowds of incoming tourists and locals who could not brave the winter cold. In autumn, the weather is pleasant, with temperatures falling between 7°C (44.6°F) and 25°C (77°F). It gets less windy and less rainy, making it the best time for visits to all the scenic spots in the city.

The worst time to visit Beijing is indisputably in winter and summer owing to the extremes in the general weather. For instance, winter gets extremely chilly and experiences smog and cold winds, which sometimes cause breathing problems and eye irritations. In summer, the temperatures are extremely high and scorching, going up as high as 40°C (104°F).
The high rains between June and August can also cause inconveniences in transport and movement around the city. When it does not rain in summer, the heat is unbearable and oppressive, and most people move out to take cover from the heat.

Between March and May, Beijing experiences the"yellow dust" blown from the Mongolia Desert that causes characteristic eye irritation and breathing problems. When the wind weakens, the air becomes somewhat stagnant, causing smog. Smog causes slow movement in traffic and reduces visibility to as low as 9.9km.

January is icy in Beijing, with temperatures dropping to freezing point. The highest temperature recording read 2°C (35.6°F) on average, while the lowest read -9°C (15.8°F). Weather in January »

February is still cold, but the temperatures rise to read between -7°C (19.4°F) on the coldest days and 4°C (39.2°F) on the warmest days. Weather in February »

March in Beijing is still cold, but the sun shines steadily for an average of nine hours across the day, making it warm and mildly pleasant. Weather in March »

The lowest temperature is 7°C (44.6°F) and the highest 20°C (68°F) on average. Expect it to get a little windier with speeds of up to 12.6km/h (7.8mph) on average and dusty, especially mid-April. Weather in April »

Generally, the weather is lovely, with temperatures falling in the range of 13°C (55.4°F) and 26°C (78.8°F). The sun is warmest in May shining for up to twelve hours per day. Weather in May »

Summer in Beijing comes in June and is characterized by high temperatures that range between 18°C (64.4°F) and 30°C (86°F), making it one of the hottest months of the year. Weather in June »

July experiences a slight drop in the daily average sunshine hours to eleven. However, it is generally a hot month with temperatures ranging between 22°C (71.6°F) and 31°C (87.8°F). Weather in July »

August is hot and scorching with temperatures reading between 20°C (68°F) and 30°C (86°F) on average, and going up as high as 35°C (95°F) on some days. Weather in August »

Autumn in Beijing is a pleasant season with warm and favorable temperatures ranging between 14°C (57.2°F) on the coldest days and 26°C (78.8°F) on the warmest days. Weather in September »

October is the last month of autumn, and it experiences a further drop in the temperatures to read between 7°C (44.6°F) and 19°C (66.2°F). Weather in October »

The lowest temperatures read 0°C (32°F) and the highest 10°C (50°F), weather is still bearable especially by locals with the sun shining for up to nine hours in a day. Weather in November »

December is the driest month in Beijing with rainfall barely being experienced for two days and the rain gauge collecting only 2.5mm (0.1") on average throughout the entire month. Weather in December »

What is the coldest month in Beijing?

The coldest month is January, with an average high-temperature of 1.8°C (35.2°F) and an average low-temperature of -8.4°C (16.9°F).

How much does it rain in Beijing?

In Beijing, China, during the entire year, the rain falls for 70.6 days, and collects up to 571.8mm (22.5") of precipitation.

What is the driest month in Beijing?

January is the month with the least rainfall. Rain falls for 1.8 days and accumulates 2.7mm (0.1") of precipitation.

What is the warmest month in Beijing?

The warmest month in Beijing, China, is July, with an average high-temperature of 30.9°C (87.6°F) and an average low-temperature of 22°C (71.6°F).

What is the wettest month in Beijing?

July is the month with the most rainfall in Beijing. Rain falls for 13.6 days and accumulates 185.2mm (7.3") of precipitation.
Average humidity - Beijing, China
Average rainfall - Beijing, China

The wettest month (with the highest rainfall) is July (185.2mm).
The driest month (with the lowest rainfall) is January (2.7mm).

Average rainfall days - Beijing, China

The month with the highest number of rainy days is July (13.6 days).
The month with the lowest number of rainy days is December (1.7 days).

Average daylight / Average sunshine - Beijing, China