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Dali Weather: Climate and Best Time to Go

Dali Erhai Lake in springDali Erhai Lake in spring

This article covers the weather in Dali, with tips on when to visit and what to wear.

Quick Climate Info

  • Warmest month: June — the average high is 25°C (77°F)
  • Coolest month: January — the average temperature is 2°C (35°F)
  • Daily temperature range: summer 9°C (43°F), winter 13°C(55°F)
  • Wettest month: August (with a moderate 210mm or 8 inches of rain)
  • Dry months: November–April (less than 50mm or 2 inches of rain/snow)

When is the best time to go to Dali?

The best time to visit Dali is from March to October. Erhai Lake and Cang Mountain are beautiful in March and April, when the flowers are in full bloom. Many ethnic festivals are held in these months.

What is the climate like in Dali?

Dali lies on low latitude in the northern hemisphere (about 25 degrees), and on a high plateau (about 1,975 meters above sea level). The climate of Dali is generally characterized as a subtropical highland monsoon climate, with lots of sunshine and fresh air.

Dali Ancient TownDali Ancient Town

It has a relatively temperate climate year round, with no extremes in summer or in winter. The temperature ranges from 18 °C (64 °F) to 25 °C (77 °F) in summer and from 4 °C (39 °F) to 17 °C (62 °F) in winter on average.

The daily temperature variation tends to be greater than the seasonal variation in temperature, which calls for layered clothing, or jackets and sweaters early in the morning and again during the evening.

Most rainfall is seen from June to October. These months should be avoided if you don't like too much rain.

Given that the city is located on a flat plateau between a mountain range (Can Mountain to the west) and a large lake (Erhai Lake to the east), creating a natural wind tunnel, Dali gets a great deal of wind, year round. Dali is nicknamed "Windy City".