Nanjing Weather & Seasons - Best Time to Visit Nanjing

 

Influenced by the East Asian monsoon, Nanjing enjoys a humid subtropical climate with plenty of rainfall. The four seasons are distinct in Nanjing, with hot summers and cold winters. The annual temperature of Nanjing averages 15 °C. The average temperature in summer is about 35 °C and the highest temperature may reach to 40 °C. The average temperature in winter is about 4 °C and the lowest temperature may drop to below 0 °C. There are averagely about 120 days for raining, with the annual precipitation of 1,106.5 mm. The plum rain period is from the late June to the early July.

Best Time to Visit Nanjing

Generally, if you want to see Nanjing’s historical and cultural charm which won’t be changed by weather, you can visit Nanjing all year round apart from the scorching summer. If you want to enjoy the most comfortable climate and the most picturesque natural beauty, the best recommended time are the periods from March to June and from September to November, especially in late October and early November when the most breathtaking autumn view can be appreciated.

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Nanjing Seasons to Go

Nanjing Weather in Spring (March, April, May)

Average Temperature: 5 °C ~ 26 °C, windy, chilly and getting warm gradually

When spring comes, the temperature begins to rise gradually, but it is still a little cold in early March. If you visit in spring, you can feast your eyes on numerous flowers, such as peach blossoms, plum flowers, orchids, sakuras, begonias, etc. which are blooming to make this antique city into a gorgeous lady. You can enjoy a leisurely walk in the beautiful parks or around the peaceful lakes.

Seasonal Activities:
1) Visit Nanjing City Wall to see the locals exercising, photographing, drawing, etc., imagine the ancient life of Nanjing people and admire the plum blossoms.
2) Go to Purple Mountain to enjoy the romantic natural scenery, like the orchids.
3) Take a boat on Xuanwu Lake which is really elegant in spring with the soft wind and vigorous scenery making by wonderful sakuras and begonia flowers.
4) Enjoy Mochou Lake – a charming lake full of various kinds of begonias and hydrangea blossoms which can be called the real valley of flowers.

What to Wear & Pack:
Thick sweaters and woolen coats will be helpful to keep you warm in the early spring, especially at night when the temperature is lower. It will be quite warmer in mid-to-late spring, so long-sleeves shirts and thin knitwear are recommended. You can also dress in layers and it is easy to take off if it gets warmer.

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Jiming Temple Spring View

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Sakura Flowers in Xuanwu Lake

Nanjing in March

  • Max Temperature: 14 °C / 58 °F
  • Min Temperature: 5 °C / 41 °F
  • Avg Temperature: 9 °C / 49 °F
  • Rainfall: 6.1 mm
  • Rainy Days: 8 days
  • Average AQI: 60
  • Sunrise: 5:54am-6:32am
  • Sunset: 6:02pm-6:23pm

Nanjing Weather in April

  • Max Temperature: 21 °C / 68 °F
  • Min Temperature: 11 °C / 63 °F
  • Avg Temperature: 11 °C / 52F
  • Rainfall: 28.5 mm
  • Rainy Days: 11 days
  • Average AQI: 80
  • Sunrise: 5:20am-5:53am
  • Sunset: 6:24pm-6:44pm

Nanjing in May

  • Max Temperature: 26 °C / 79 °F
  • Min Temperature: 16 °C / 61 °F
  • Avg Temperature: 21 °C / 70 °F
  • Rainfall: 38.4 mm
  • Rainy Days: 14 days
  • Average AQI: 96
  • Sunrise: 4:49am-5:19am
  • Sunset: 6:45pm-7:05pm

Nanjing Weather in Summer (June, July, August)

Average Temperature: 25 °C ~ 29 °C, hot and rainy

Located in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and surrounded by some hills or mountains which are unfavorable for heat dissipation, Nanjing has a quite hot summer. Therefore, visiting Nanjing in summer is not recommended, especially in July and August. If you insist in a summer holiday in Nanjing, remember to get up early for sightseeing.

Seasonal Activities:
1) Visit the Presidential Palace to see the design of this 600-year-old place and know more about the past history of China.
2) Take a sightseeing boat along Qinhuai River at night to appreciate the night view of this historical river.
3) Visit one of the top 10 world most beautiful libraries (recognized by CNN) – Library Avant-garde to immerse into the environment of knowledge.

What to Wear & Pack:
Since the temperature is very high in summer, you need to prepare breathable and light clothes. Besides, it is important to bring sun cream, sunglasses, sunhat and other items to protect your skin from the strong sunlight. Drink more water. Rain coat or umbrella is necessary because it sometimes rains heavily in summer.

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Night View of Qinhuai River

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Garden of Presidential Palace

Nanjing Weather in June

  • Max Temperature: 29 °C / 84 °F
  • Min Temperature: 21 °C / 70 °F
  • Avg Temperature: 25 °C / 77 °F
  • Rainfall: 426.6 mm
  • Rainy Days: 20 days
  • Average AQI: 72
  • Sunrise: 4:49am-5:01am
  • Sunset: 7:06pm-7:15pm
  • Nanjing Weather in July

  • Max Temperature: 32 °C / 90 °F
  • Min Temperature: 25 °C / 77 °F
  • Avg Temperature: 28 °C / 83 °F
  • Rainfall: 350.4 mm
  • Rainy Days: 27 days
  • Average AQI: 61
  • Sunrise: 5:02am-5:19am
  • Sunset: 7:02pm-7:15pm
  • Nanjing Weather in August

  • Max Temperature: 32 °C / 89 °F
  • Min Temperature: 24 °C / 76 °F
  • Avg Temperature: 22 °C / 72 °F
  • Rainfall: 274.3 mm
  • Rainy Days: 23 days
  • Average AQI: 79
  • Sunrise: 5:19am-5:39am
  • Sunset: 6:30pm-7:20pm
  • Nanjing Weather in Autumn (Sept, Oct, Nov)

    Average Temperature: 11°C ~ 27°C, cool day with fine weather

    It is still hot in the early autumn (September), but weather will be quite cooler soon. October and November are the best travel period for Nanjing City. Sweet-scented osmanthus flowers are in full blossom in autumn, leaving faint fragrance flowing all over the ancient city. Moreover, the leaves of the trees in the city area and surrounding mountains change into a brilliant hue of yellow, orange, golden and red, making Nanjing more poetic.

    Seasonal Activities:
    1) See the most beautiful autumn views when many places in Nanjing are dyed into fabulous colors, such as Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum;
    2) Visit Xuanwu Lake to see the once-in-a-year chrysanthemum flowers exhibition, with rich kinds and colors;
    3) Climb to Qixia Mountain to see how the fabulous red orange maple leaves greatly please both your eyes and camera.

    What to Wear & Pack:
    In the early autumn, you can wear long-sleeved shirts and long skirts. In the cooler October, thin sweaters and windbreakers will be better. If you visit in November, wearing winter coats are recommended.

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    Beautiful Qixia Mountain

    Nanjing Weather in September

  • Max Temperature: 28 °C / 82 °F
  • Min Temperature: 19 °C / 67 °F
  • Avg Temperature: 23 °C / 74 °F
  • Rainfall: 99.178 mm
  • Rainy Days: 19 days
  • Average AQI: 81
  • Sunrise: 5:39am-5:57am
  • Sunset: 5:51pm-6:29pm
  • Nanjing Weather in October

  • Max Temperature: 23 °C / 73 °F
  • Min Temperature: 13 °C / 56 °F
  • Avg Temperature: 18 °C / 64 °F
  • Rainfall: 25 mm
  • Rainy Days: 6 days
  • Average AQI: 65
  • Sunrise: 5:58am-6:20am
  • Sunset: 5:15pm-5:49pm
  • Nanjing Weather in November

  • Max Temperature: 17 °C / 62 °F
  • Min Temperature: 6 °C / 43 °F
  • Avg Temperature: 11 °C / 52 °F
  • Rainfall: 4.9 mm
  • Rainy Days: 7 days
  • Average AQI: 60
  • Sunrise: 6:21am-6:43am
  • Sunset: 5:00pm-5:15pm
  • Nanjing Weather in Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb)

    Average Temperature: -1°C ~ 17°C, cold and dry

    Winter starts from December when the cold air comes from northwest. January is the coldest month with a temperature dropping as low as below 0°C. Though Nanjing is southerly, you have an opportunity to appreciate the enthralling white now. The old structures are covered with thick snow enjoys more antique flavor.

    Seasonal Activities:
    1) Enjoy the terrific view in Mochou Lake that is full of plum flowers of white, purple, pink, red, yellow, etc.
    2) Take part in the Jinling Lantern Show in the Confucius Temple Area, and enjoy the festive and busy of people celebrating the traditional Chinese lunar New Year.
    3) Go to Memorial Hall to the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre to know more about the history of China and feel the fast rise of Chinese people.

    What to Wear & Pack:
    Leather jacket, down coats, thick sweaters are necessary to keep you warm. Besides, you are advised to prepare gloves, scarfs, face marks and facial cream to protect you from the cold and dry air.

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    Confucius Temple Covered with Snow

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    Nanjing Lantern Show

    Nanjing Weather in December

  • Max Temperature: 10 °C / 50 °F
  • Min Temperature: 1 °C / 33 °F
  • Avg Temperature: 6 °C / 42 °F
  • Rainfall: 3.5 mm
  • Rainy Days: 6 days
  • Average AQI: 60
  • Sunrise: 6:47am-7:05am
  • Sunset: 4:49pm-5:10pm
  • Nanjing Weather in January

  • Max Temperature: 7 °C / 45 °F
  • Min Temperature: -1 °C / 30 °F
  • Avg Temperature: 3 °C / 38 °F
  • Rainfall: 5.4 mm
  • Rainy Days: 7 days
  • Average AQI: 86
  • Sunrise: 6:59am-7:05am
  • Sunset: 5:11pm-5:37pm
  • Nanjing Weather in February

  • Max Temperature: 9 °C / 49 °F
  • Min Temperature: 1 °C / 34 °F
  • Avg Temperature: 5 °C / 41 °F
  • Rainfall: 21.03 mm
  • Rainy Days: 11 days
  • Average AQI: 51
  • Sunrise: 6:33am-6:59am
  • Sunset: 5:37pm-6:01pm
  • How to Plan Your Travel in Nanjing

    How to Get to Nanjing: You can easily get to Nanjing by high speed train from Beijing (about 3-5h), Shanghai (about 1-2.5h), Hangzhou (about 1.5-5.5h), Suzhou (about 45min-2.5h), etc. and flight from Beijing (2h), Guangzhou (2h15min), Chengdu (2.5h), Xian (2h), etc.

    Best Time to Visit Nanjing: March to June and September to November, especially in late October and early November.

    Generally, to explore the cultural and natural highlights of Nanjing, 2 ~ 3 days are needed. You can pay a visit to Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum (the tomb of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the Father of Modern China), take a walk in Confucius Temple Area along the Qinhuai River, climb up the ancient City Wall, and know a part of heavy history and cherish peace in the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre.

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