Chengdu Weather

The weather in the mountainous region can be icy cold, but clear, like Tibet, which contrasts almost diametrically with the neighboring mild, humid – and often overcast or outright foggy – weather of the Chengdu Plain to the east that characterizes the city of Chengdu, sometimes likened to the city of London as regards the fog and the drizzly weather. Chengdu gets about 250–300 foggy, cloudy or rainy days each year.

A summary of the weather of Chengdu might read "an early spring, a hot summer, a cool autumn and a warm (relative to surrounding areas) winter". The average mid-winter temperature (January is the coldest month) lies between 3–8 degrees Celsius, while the average summer temperature (July being the hottest month) lies between 22–29 degrees Celsius. Average precipitation (strictly rainfall) for the Chengdu Plain is 1000 mm (about 40 in), which is almost double the amount of precipitation in the Hengduan Mountains to the west.

The best periods to visit Chengdu are from March to June, and September to November. There is substantial rainfall during the rainy season (July and August). Our Chengdu Tours will help you to see the best of Chengdu whatever the weather.

Spring

Spring is from March to May. The weather warms up from winter, but with frequent alternative temperature changes. Prepare shirts, thin sweaters and coat for the weather.

mount qingchengAvoid summer heat on Mt. Qingcheng.

Summer

Summer is from June to September. The weather is sultry with lower temperatures in early morning and evening, but hot during the day. July and August are the hottest months in Chengdu, with average lows and highs of 22 °C (70 °F) and 30 °C (85 °F). Half of the annual rainfall is concentrated in July and August (and 75% between June and September). Mt. Qingcheng and Mt. Emei are ideal places to escape the summer heat. Prepare summer clothes and umbrella. Summer is also the season when giant pandas are most active.

Autumn

jiuzhaigou valley scenicBeautiful fall foliage of Jiuzhaigou

Autumn is from October to November. This is one of the best times of the year to visit Chengdu. The autumn scenes at Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong are among the most beautiful in China. See best places to see fall foliage near Chengdu. This is a season with sharp and frequent temperature changes. A few chilly days could be followed by relatively hot weather. The average low and high temperatures are respectively 15 °C (59 °F) and 21 °C (70 °F) in October, and 9 °C (50 °F) and 16 °C (61 °F) in November. Prepare shirt, sweater and jacket to cope with the weather.

Winter

Winter is from December to February. Chengdu has the least days of sunshine in China, and most time of the year is cloudy and overcast. Winter is usually cold, damp and grey, with little rainfall. The average low and high temperatures are respectively 4 °C (39 °F) and 11 °C (51 °F) in December, 2 °C (36 °F) and 10 °C (49 °F) in January, and 4 °C (39 °F) and 11 °C (52 °F) in February. Prepare sweater and down jacket for winter.

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Chengdu Climate Information by Month

Chengdu Average Climate by Month

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High (ºC) 10 12 17 22 26 28 30 30 25 21 16 11
Low (ºC) 3 4 8 13 18 20 22 22 19 15 9 4
Rain (mm) 7.62 10.16 20.32 45.72 86.36 104.14 231.14 223.52 132.08 40.64 17.78 5.08
High (ºF) 49 52 61 70 78 82 85 85 77 69 60 51
Low (ºF) 36 39 46 54 63 68 71 70 65 58 48 39
Rain (in) 0.3 0.4 0.8 1.8 3.4 4.1 9.1 8.8 5.2 1.6 0.7 0.2

Chengdu Average Monthly Temperatures

Chengdu Average Monthly Temperatures

Chengdu Average Monthly Precipitation (inches)

Chengdu Average Monthly Precipitation

Questions and Answers About Chengdu Weather

Imneo 2012-11-11
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Am planning a 6 day trip to chengdu. Planning to do .mt emei & sights around city. Have been to Jiuzhaiguo before. Any recommendationRegardsIm neo
Dear Sir or Madam, Besides Chengdu and Emeishan, you could visit Lashan to see Leshan Giant Buddha, here is an itinerary for reference. Please click: http://www.chinahighlights.com/tour/chengdutour/cd-1/ I also arrange a package for you, please check your e-mail box. Lussie Lu replied on 2012-11-12
Michael Loo 2012-10-30
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I am planing to visit Jiuzhaigou with my wife on 4th Dec. how is the weather and is the place open to visitors.
Dear Sir or Madam, During that period, the average temperature will be below 5℃(41℉), it is cold and it varies greatly between day and night. I suggest you take some warm clothes, such as down jacket, cotton padded clothes. Lussie Lu replied on 2012-10-31
patrick 2012-10-29
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plan to go juizhaigou from 31 oct till 7 nov. what to prepare & weather, food.need to bring extra cash, if got chance to purchase..
Hi Patrick,sorry for being late. I wish you had enjoyed a great journey in China. Cheers:) Whitney Liao replied on 2012-11-21

Hi Patrick, from late Oct. to early Nov. it is the beginning of winter, and the month gets quite cold with an average temperature of 7 ° C (44.6 ° F), and the temperature differences fall between 10 ° C (50 ° F) and 15 ° C (59 ° F).

It is quite important to wear thick clothes such as leather or downclothing, thick woolen sweaters and trousers to stay warm.

You can also bring some food and extra cash for purchasing.

Whitney Liao replied on 2012-10-30
Hi Whitney, Thanks you for your advice. Will prepare for the consequences Cheers. patrick guest replied on 2012-10-30
cheng 2012-10-09
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Hi. Planning a trip to chengdu dec22-27 2012. 2pax. Too cold to visit? Apprec any advice.
Dear Cheng, Based on the former data,the average temperature will be 4℃(39.2℉)-10℃(50℉), it will be a bit cold. You'd better take a down jackage or cotton padded clothes and a sweater. Have you arranged a tour in Chengdu? There are some tour packages on our website for reference, you could read it. Please click: http://www.chinahighlights.com/chengdu/tours.htm Emeishan and Leshan is near Chengdu city, you also could have a visit there. I designed a 6-day tour to Chengdu, Emeishan and Leshan for you, using deluxe hotels. Please check your e-mail. If you have any other inquiries, please feel free to let me know. I am looking forward to serving you. My e-mail is lussie@chinahighlights.net Lussie Lu replied on 2012-10-10
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