August is hot and humid in most of China. It is also one of the wettest months. July and August are Beijing's rainiest months with some quite heavy downpours. Central and South China are also hot and rainy.
Cities south of the Yangtze River such as Nanjing, Nanning, Shanghai, Nanchang, Changsha, Wuhan and Hangzhou see the highest temperatures. Sometimes it rises to 40 °C (104°F) or more in these cities that the Chinese call "furnace cities". August is also one of the busiest months for tourism in China. China’s top attractions are crowded with many Chinese tour groups and families.
— Beijing, Datong, Hohhot, Harbin…
Beijing is hot and rainy. The first half of the month is hotter than the second half. It might reach over 38°C (100°F) in the inner city sometimes. Average temperatures range from about 30°C (86°F) in the day to 21°C (70°F) at night. Total rainfall is 160 mm, and it falls in 12 days of the month. There is light pollution.
— Xinjiang, Qinghai, Dunhuang, Xi’an, Tibet…
Late summer is fine for touring Xinjiang in hot and sunny weather with little rainfall. There is a bountiful harvest of top quality grapes, melons, and other fruits. The low humidity makes it feel cooler than the average high of 30°C (86°F) in Urumqi.
Xi'an is actually hotter and feels hotter because of the high humidity (75%). In the first three weeks, there might be "furnace city" temperatures reaching 40 °C (104°F). Average temperatures range between about 31°C (88°F) in the day to 21°C (70°F) at night. You can visit the cool museums on sweltering days.
— Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Huangshan…
East China gets its heaviest rainfall in late summer rainfall associated with typhoons and storms. It is also sweltering. The hot days you can tour and hike in mountains such as the Yellow Mountains and Hong Village where it is cooler.
The average high in Shanghai is about 32°C (90°F), and the nightly low is 25°C (77°F). There is rain 13 days of the month for a total of 230 mm. Bring raingear.
— Changsha, Wuhan, Wulingyuan, Zhangjiajie
This area of China around the Yangtze River has its hottest days in July and August, and rain is heavy. The high humidity makes the big cities feel like some of the hottest "furnace cities." Average high temperatures in both Wuhan and Changsha are about 33°C (91°F), so with high humidity of around 80%, the region is sweltering.
The mountains in Wulingyuan and Zhangjiajie feel cooler and are good places to go in hot weather.
— Guilin, Nanning, Hainan, Guangzhou, Hong Kong…
Guilin feels hot, it often rains, but the climate and activities are such that the rain often feels refreshing and adds to the enjoyment. There is 173 mm of rainfall, and it rains about half of the days of the month. The average daily high and low temperatures are respectively 33 °C (91 °F) and 25°C (77 °F). These temperatures are much like Central China's, but you can spend your time on the rivers to be cool. Just bring an umbrella.
Hong Kong is hot and rainy too. The average high and low temperatures are 31 °C (88 °F) and 26 °C (79 °F). There are occasional downpours or tropical storms and about 15 days of rain in the month for 301 mm of rain.
The mountains and valleys of Yunnan Province and Sichuan Province have pleasant weather. It is cool or warm depending on altitude. Rainfall is heavy with Dali and Lijiang getting 207 mm over 20 days of August.
Chongqing however becomes the No. 1 furnace city with average highs of 34 °C (93 °F)!
Press the links to see the cities' climate and local current forecast.
|Cities||Average High||Average Low||Rainy Days||Precipitation|
|Beijing||30°C (86°F)||21°C (70°F)||12||160mm (6½")|
|Xi’an||31°C (88°F)||21°C (70°F)||9||71mm (3")|
|Shanghai||32°C (90°F)||25°C (77°F)||13||230mm (9")|
|Hong Kong||31°C (88°F)||26°C (79°F)||15||301mm (woah! 12")|
|Chengdu||30°C (86°F)||22°C (72°F)||16||201mm (9")|
|Guilin||33°C (91°F)||25°C (77°F)||15||175mm (7")|
|Kunming||24°C (75°F)||16°C (61°F)||19||204mm (8")|
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There are no big festivals. But there are a number of regional or ethnic festivals and events in August.
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