Long-term weather forecast
Long-term weather forecast

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 -0.4°F (-18°C) 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 69.8°F (21°C). 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 104°F (40°C).

Low humidity, minimal rainfall, and warm, pleasant weather characterize the autumn season. Most of the days are warm and the nights generally cool in the season and temperatures are bearable.

The best time to visit Beijing is in spring and autumn. In spring, temperatures range between 44.6°F (7°C) and 78.8°F (26°C), 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 44.6°F (7°C) and 77°F (25°C). 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 bring about breathing problems and eye irritations. In summer, the temperatures are extremely high and scorching going up as high as 104°F (40°C).
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 reads 35.6°F (2°C) on average while the lowest reads 15.8°F (-9°C). Although the sun shines for up to eight hours per day on average, there may be experienced snowing. The nights get cold with temperatures coming to as low as -0.4°F (-18°C) making it the month with the coldest month across the year. Rainfall is exceptionally minimal raining for an average of two days the entire month to collect the only 0.1" (2.5mm) precipitation. Humidity is relatively low at 24%, and so is the wind speed that averages 6mph (9.7km/h). Weather in January »

February is still cold, but the temperatures rise to read between 19.4°F (-7°C) on the coldest days and 39.2°F (4°C) on the warmest days. Humidity remains steady at 24%, but the average wind speed rises to 7.1mph (11.4km/h). There is a slight rise in the average rainfall days to three and the rain gauge in the month collects 0.2" (5.1mm).
As much as it gets colder, most locals stay outside and engage in outdoor activities even when it snows owing to the warmth of the sunshine felt for an average nine hours per day all month long. 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. The rise in temperatures also contributes to extra warmth with a steady range between 32°F (0°C) and 51.8°F (11°C).
Expect the number of people on the streets to start rising since the winter period is closing. Humidity in March rises to 29% as does the rainfall that is experienced for up to four days across the month to fetch an average of 0.4" (10.2mm). Weather in March »

Spring comes in April, with the rainfall rising substantially to measure 1" (25.4mm) from an average of five rainy days the whole month. It remains relatively dry with the sunshine hours going up to ten per day on average.
The weather is warm and pleasant and attracts tourists from all walks of life. Outdoor activities become the norm as the temperatures are favorable. The lowest temperature is 44.6°F (7°C) and the highest 68°F (20°C) on average. Expect it to get a little windier with speeds of up to 7.8mph (12.6km/h) on average and dusty especially mid-April. The month gets more humid at 34% but wearing sunglasses for protection from the winds is encouraged. Weather in April »

In May, the winds calm down a little with an average speed of 6.5mph (10.5km/h). Spring is already coming to an end; it is the shortest season all year. Generally, the weather is lovely with temperatures falling in the range of 55.4°F (13°C) and 78.8°F (26°C). The sun is warmest in May shining for up to twelve hours per day on average across the whole month albeit a little wetter with rainfall being experienced for an average of six days in the month to collect precipitation of 1.1" (27.9mm). There is a slight drop in the humidity to 31% and the cloud cover increases slightly in preparation for the rainy season that is fast approaching. Weather in May »

Summer in Beijing comes in June and is characterized by high temperatures that range between 64.4°F (18°C) and 86°F (30°C), making it one of the hottest months of the entire year. The wind speed in the month averages 6.7mph (10.8km/h), and there is a slight rise in humidity to 32%. Rainfall rises to measure 2.8" (71.1mm) for an average of nine rainy days marking the onset of the monsoon-influenced rains. The nights get colder than the days which are warm, wet, and sunny as the sun shines for up to twelve hours in the day. Weather in June »

July is the most humid month all year by measuring an average of 58% with a manageable wind speed of up to 6.3mph (10.1km/h) on average. It is one of the rainiest months of the year with rainfall falling for up to fourteen days in the month averagely to collect 6.9" (175.3mm) in the rain gauge. There may be a little flooding in the city but drains away with the passing of days. Being the wettest month, it experiences a slight drop in the daily average sunshine hours to eleven, but it is generally a hot month with temperatures ranging between 71.6°F (22°C) and 87.8°F (31°C); the hottest temperatures of the year. Weather in July »

August is hot and scorching with temperatures reading between 68°F (20°C) and 86°F (30°C) on average, sometimes going up as high as 95°F (35°C) on some days. Coupled up with ten hours of sunshine per day, August is generally hot and the least windy of all months with an average gust of 5.6mph (9km/h). With a humidity score of 55% on average, it remains the highest precipitated month with a high average collection of 7.2" (182.9mm) across twelve rainy days. Temperatures may feel lower with the passing of days as summer is closing up in a few days. Weather in August »

September comes with autumn in Beijing. Autumn is a pleasant season with warm and favorable temperatures ranging between 57.2°F (14°C) on the coldest days and 78.8°F (26°C) on the warmest days.
Expect crowds to fill up the city for a share of the lovely weather. Since autumn is short, temperatures may fluctuate a little but remain within the pleasant bracket. It gets better with the substantial decrease in rainfall that falls only for seven days on average all month to collect 1.9" (48.3mm) in the rain gauge.
The sun is up most of the day averaging ten hours making it even warmer and appealing for all outdoor engagements. The month gets a little windier with the wind speed going up to an average 7.8mph (12.6km/h) reducing the humidity to 36%. Weather in September »

October is the last month of autumn, and it experiences a further drop in the temperatures to read between 44.6°F (7°C) and 66.2°F (19°C). Since the cold season is fast approaching, the humidity decreases further to read 27%, and the wind speed drops even further to an average of 4.9mph (7.9km/h). The nights and early mornings may be chilly but nothing less pleasant because during the day the sun shines for up to nine hours per day on average all month. It starts to get drier, and rains clear up to rain only for an average of six days with the rain gauge fetching only 0.7" (17.8mm). Weather in October »

November is a transitional month into winter. Expect crowds to reduce considerably and indoor activities to rise due to the dropping temperatures. It is, however, a good time to bask in the mildly warm sun despite the cold temperatures. The lowest temperatures read 32°F (0°C) and the highest 50°F (10°C), still bearable especially by locals what with the sun that shines for up to nine hours in a day. The month gets drier by the day and rainfall may only be experienced for a mere five days to collect precipitation of 0.2" (5.1mm) on average. Weather in November »

December is the driest month in Beijing with rainfall barely being experienced for two days and the rain gauge collecting the only 0.1" (2.5mm) on average all month long. The weather is cold and freezing with temperatures falling as low as 5°F (-15°C) at night. The lowest temperature averages 19.4°F (-7°C) while the highest read 37.4°F (3°C) on average. With a low humidity of 25%, December marks one of the peak winter months but still sunny and bearable with the sun up for up to nine hours per day on average. Festivities and cultural events are held indoors but a walk to view nature and watch the snow that occasionally comes is breathtaking. It makes a perfect time to go site seeing and visiting historical sites as crowds are minimal; most people leave for warmer cities to evade the cold. Weather in December »