Hangzhou Climate & Weather

Hangzhou Climate and Weather

Hangzhou has a humid, subtropical climate with generally warm and mild conditions all year round. The pleasant and temperate weather is an advantage for tourists and is probably one of the reasons the city is so popular with foreigners.

As with most of China, the four seasons are distinct: summer is long, hot and humid; autumn is cool and clear; winter is dry and cold; and spring is warm, rainy and short. There are two rainy seasons in Hangzhou: the first is a brief period between late June and early July when Hangzhou experiences the Asian monsoon season; and the second is Hangzhou's typhoon season which brings heavy rains in August and September. Although the area is prone to typhoons during this time the storms very seldom hit Hangzhou directly so it is usually less dramatic than it sounds.

The best time to visit Hangzhou is in autumn (September to November) when the average temperature is a mild 63°F (17°C). Summer in Hangzhou is also a fairly popular time to visit but the heat and humidity can be uncomfortable if travellers are not used to it. Spring is stunningly beautiful because of all the blossoms but it is too rainy to be a peak tourist period.

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