Datong City enjoys a continental monsoon climate, featured with sharp temperature difference between day and night. Winter is long, cold and dry. Summer and autumn are cool and agreeable. The annual average temperature is 5.5 °C, while the annual rainfall averages 400 millimeters. The best time to visit Datong is from April to October. Have a look at our Datong tours and choose your time of travel.
Spring is from March to May. The weather is changeable, with intervals of warm and cold days, and also big difference of temperature between day and night. It is windy and dry, with occasional snow and dusty wind. Prepare a mask to protect your nose from dry air and dust.
Summer is from June to September. It is temperate and relatively wet. 60% of the annual rainfall happens in summer, but it does not rain much. During the night the temperature drops and it feels cool. The hottest month is July, with the average low and high temperature respectively at 17 °C (63 °F) and 28 °C (82 °F). Wear any summer clothes such as shorts, shirts, and skirts, but also prepare a light coat and long pants when it is cooler in the evening or outside of the city area.
Autumn is from October to November. It is cool, dry and sunny. The average low and high temperature is respectively at 2 °C (36 °F) and 15 °C (59 °F) in October, and -7 °C (19 °F) and 6 °C (23 °F) in November. Frost begins to appear in autumn. Prepare sweater and jacket, but also long-sleeve shirts when it is warmer during the day.
Winter is from December to February. It is very cold, dry and windy. Snowfall is frequent, mostly during the night. During the day it is usually sunny. The temperature is usually below 0 °C (32 °F). The coldest month is January, and the lowest temperature could drop to -23 °C (-9 °F). The average low and high temperature is respectively at -14 °C (7 °F) and -2 °C (28 °F) in December, -16 °C (3 °F) and -4 °C (25 °F) in January, and -12 °C (10 °F) and 1 °C (34 °F) in February. Wear warm winter clothes, such as down jackets, thick sweater, hats, scarves and gloves. A mask is advisable to protect your nose from the dry and cold air.