Hong Kong Climate

Hong Kong has a monsoon-influenced subtropical climate. It is mild for more than half the year. There are mild, relatively dry winters, and hot, humid, and wet summers.

The best time to visit Hong Kong is from October to early December when the weather is sunny, cool, and pleasant.

Rain: The annual rainfall ranges from less than 1,000 millimetres (51 inches) to more than 3,000 millimetres (118 inches); with an annual average of 2,383 millimetres (94 inches). About 80 per cent of the annual precipitation falls between May and September.

The wettest month is August when rain falls about four days out of seven. The average August rainfall is 445 millimetres (18 inches).

The driest month is January when the average is only 25 millimetres (1 inch). Rain falls only about six days during the entire month.

Temperatures: Hong Kong is a mountainous area. The temperatures are a little lower, and the rainfall is greater in the mountains compared to the low-lying city areas. Bear this in mind if you go walking on the hills. At the coolest times of the year from mid-December to February, the temperature may fall to 10 °C (50 °F). In the warmest times (late May to mid-September), it averages 28 °C (82 °F). However, it may reach 33 °C (91 °F).

Severe Weather: From May to October, there are occasional typhoons and violent thunderstorms. When typhoons approach, warnings are broadcast on TV and radio.

Average Temperatures and Rainfall

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May   Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Hong Kong 19°C / 66°F 18°C / 64°F 21°C / 70°F 25°C / 77°F  28°C / 82°F 30°C / 86°F 31°C / 88°F 31°C / 88°F 30°C / 86°F 28°C / 82°F 25°C / 77°F 20°C / 68°F
25 mm / 1 in 45 mm / 2 in 73 mm / 3 in 153 mm / 6 in 301 mm / 12 in 367 mm / 15 in 346 mm / 14 in 380 mm / 15 in 277 mm / 11 in 120 mm / 4.7 in 34 mm / 1.4 in 27 mm / 1 in

Weather Month-By-Month

Visiting Hong Kong in the Spring

Spring is from March to May when the weather is often pleasant. There are occasional spells of high humidity. The weather is very changeable. There are wonderfully warm days of sunny weather and storms. Fog and rainfall can be particularly troublesome. Spring is the cloudy season of the year. There is an average of only about 100 hours of sunshine each month.

Visiting Hong Kong in the Summer

Weather: Summer is from May to September. It is very hot and humid, and there is a constant threat of showers, thunderstorms and typhoons. Temperatures commonly exceed 31 °C (87 °F). Clothing: Umbrellas, summer clothes and sunscreen are useful. Summer activities: Outdoor excursions such as the beaches, hiking, and camping in the mountain forests are fun! Tourists can take advantage of the special rates and services during the Shopping Festival.

Visiting Hong Kong in the Autumn

Weather: Autumn is from October to early December. It is the best time to visit Hong Kong. Days are usually pleasantly clear and sunny. It is usually comfortable for outdoor activities or country walks. There are few (4–8) rainy days a month. Clothing: Summer clothes will still do, but it is advisable to bring jackets and warmer clothes for the end of the season. Things to do: The best season for hiking and camping is the fall. Lantau Island's natural parks, beaches and recreational sites such as Disneyland are enjoyable at this time of the year.

Visiting Hong Kong in the Winter

Weather: Winter is from mid-December to February. Along with autumn, this is the best time for shopping in Hong Kong. The bustling holiday season often has pleasant, mild winter weather. Clothing: Sweaters and jackets are needed for most days. Occasional chills make coats necessary. It doesn’t snow in Hong Kong, and frost is very rare. Winter highlight: Tourists like the Chinese New Year activities. A lot of people go to Macau.


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