Kunming Weather

Torch Festival of Yi PeopleLively Torch Festival Of the Yi Ethnic People

Kunming is located in the low-latitude monsoon climate zone, with warm and comfortable weather throughout the year. It is never too cold in winter nor too hot in summer, and flowers bloom all year round, thus Kunming is given the nickname "Spring City". The average yearly temperature is about 15 °C (59 °F). January is the coldest month with average temperature at 8 °C (about 46 °F), while July is the hottest month with average temperature at 18 °C (65 °F). Kunming has abundant rainfall, with annual precipitation at 1101 mm (43 inches). The rainy season lasts from May to October.

The pleasant weather of Kunming makes it suitable for traveling all year round, though tourists prefer the liveliest period from March to October, when there are many festivals and events. (Check out Kunming festivals and events). Have a look at our Kunming tours and choose your time of travel.


Enjoy the cherry blossom in springEnjoy cherry blossom in Yuantong Mountain in spring.

Spring is from March to May. It is cool and dry. The weather is changeable, with very big difference of temperature between day and night. Prepare light sweater and coat for spring.


Summer is from June to September. It is wet but not very hot. About 60% of the annual rainfall concentrates in summer. The hottest month is July, with daily high temperature generally between 21 °C (70 °F) and 27 °C (80 °F). The difference of temperature between day and night is big, and at night it drops to 15 °C (60 °F) and 18 °C (65 °F). Wear any summer clothes, such as shirts, skirts and shorts, but also prepare a light coat when the temperature is lower at night or if you travel to the mountainous areas. During the rainy season, bring umbrella or raincoat.


Autumn is from October to November. The weather is pleasant, dry and cool, with much less rainfall than in summer. The weather is changeable, and temperature may drop suddenly.


Enjoy a hot spring bath in Spring Soul Garden Spa & ResortEnjoy a hot spring bath in Spring Soul Garden Spa & Resort in winter.

Winter is from December to February. It is mild and sunny most of the time. But it gets cold when it rains. The drizzles seem endless and the humidity makes it feel cold, even thought the temperature is not very low. It rarely snows in Kunming, and even if it does, it is very light. The average low and high temperature is 4 °C (39 °F) and 11 °C (52 °F) in December, 2 °C (36 °F) and 9 °C (48 °F) in January, and 3 °C (37 °F) and 11 °C (52 °F) in February. Prepare thick sweater and overcoat or down jacket, and bring umbrella when traveling in winter.

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Kunming Climate Information by Month

Kunming Average Climate by Month

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High (ºC) 15 17 20 24 25 24 24 24 23 20 18 15
Low (ºC) 2 3 5 9 14 17 17 16 14 12 7 3
Rain (mm) 12.7 12.7 15.24 27.94 91.44 172.72 205.74 205.74 121.92 88.9 40.64 12.7
High (ºF) 59 62 68 74 76 74 75 75 72 68 63 59
Low (ºF) 34 37 41 48 57 61 62 60 57 52 44 36
Rain (in) 0.5 0.5 0.6 1.1 3.6 6.8 8.1 8.1 4.8 3.5 1.6 0.5

Kunming Average Monthly Temperatures

Kunming Average Monthly Temperatures

Kunming Average Monthly Precipitation (inches)

Kunming Average Monthly Precipitation

Questions and Answers About Kunming Weather

au 2013-05-20
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Hi: I am in Kunming next month (June first week) and wondering if there are attractive destinations close by (say within 2 hours) from the city?

Hi Au, the Stone Forest, Green Lake Park, Yuantong Temple, Bamboo Temple, The Dragon Gate on Xishan/West Hill are all recommended.

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-05-21

If you need any tour service, please feel free to contact me:)

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-05-21
Willy 2013-01-05
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When is the best time to witness Cherry Blossom in Kunming?

Hi Willy, the best time to witness Cherry Blossom in Kunming is mid March.

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-01-06
Derrick 2012-12-30
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I''m planning to go Kunming in Sept 2013. What''s the temp like? What are the attractions there? Any thing that I need to take note of when I''m there?

Hi Derrick, it is a perfect time to visit Kunming. The average low and high temperatures are respectively 15 °C (59 °F) and 23 °C (73 °F). The rainy months have ended and the weather is fine. T-shirts and long trousers are appropriate, and with a moderate wind, it is not too hot or too cool. The sun is shining so if you go out, use sunscreen with SPF 20 and PA++ to protect your skin.

Places of interesting:  the Stone Forest, Green Lake Park, The Grand View Tower, The Dragon Gate on Xishan/West Hill,  Yuantong Temple, Bamboo Temple,  etc.

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-01-04
Hi Whitney Thanks for the infomations about Kunming. How far is it to go to Shangri-La from Kunming? guest replied on 2013-01-04
Hi Derrick, from Kunming to Shangri-La is about 660km, 1hr by air. We have 8-Day Explore Shangri-la Tour started from Kunming: http://www.chinahighlights.com/tour/kunmingtour/km-3/ You may be interested in it:) Whitney Liao replied on 2013-01-04
lun 2012-12-03
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I plan to visit from 6th to 9th of July next year to Kunming. Is heavy rain likely to occur? How heavy? Because we travel in big group, light rain is acceptable but if heavy rain will be big problem. About how many days in July will be rainly?
Hi. July is in the rainy season in Kunming. It is rainy and cloudy at the most of time, but the rain is not heavy. You should take an umbrella with you when you go outside. I suggest you check the up to date information before you leaving for Kunming via this website: http://www.weather.com.cn/en/weather/101290101.shtml Annie Wu replied on 2012-12-04
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