Xiamen has a subtropical climate, which is generally temperate with abundant rainwater. It has an average annual temperature of approximately 21 centigrade. There is no intense heat in summer and no extreme cold in winter in Xiamen. The city has an average annual rainfall of about 1200mm (47 inches), mainly during the months from May to August. Wind power reaches Grade 3 to 4 in general, with northeast wind representing the dominant wind direction. Owing to the air currents resulting from the difference in temperature in the Pacific, Xiamen is hit by typhoon three or four times annually on average, which mainly occurs during the months from July to September. Xiamen is suitable for traveling all year round, and the best seasons are spring and autumn.
Spring is from March to May. There are frequent and sharp intervals of weather and temperature. It is very changeable, and there will be occasional cold days, droughts or thunderstorms.
Summer is from June to September. It is hot and wet with occasional typhoons and thunderstorms, but it is relatively drier in July. The average temperature is summer months are 32 °C (90 °F). Wear any summer clothes, such as shorts, shirts and skirts. Umbrella is also needed.
Autumn is from October to November. The weather is pleasant being sunny, cool and dry. Temperature falls from mid or late October. The average low and high temperature is 16 °C (61 °F) and 23 °C (73 °F) in October, and 12 °C (54 °F) and 20 °C (68 °F) in November. Prepare shirt, light sweater and coat.
Winter is from December to February. It is mild, and generally dry, sunny with little rainfall and mist. The average temperature in winter is 13 °C (55 °F). February is the coldest month, and the lowest temperature is at 2 °C (36 °F). Sweater and overcoat are enough for winter.
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