Xi’an locates at warm temperate zone with semi-humid continental monsoon climate. The different four seasons have totally distinct appearance in a year. Summer is hot and wet with much rain, winter is cold and dry with less rain or snow, while spring and autumn is warm but likely to have continuous rainy days.
Hottest days are usually in July and last 2 weeks. In the past few years the 2-week hottest days were above 40℃ and coldest days in January with the average low temperature around 0℃. The annual average temperature is about 13.5℃.
In a whole year, Xi’an has a moderate rainfall with 550-700mm average precipitation. There is rain in spring, summer and autumn and snow in winter for you to enjoy. Xi’an will not let you feel boring with its distinct seasons.
Of course there are the best times in Xi’an for people to have a visit. With the mild weather condition, March to May and September to October are the two glory time to enjoy the beauty of the ancient city. Click here to find more informationa and advice on how to choose a good time for Xian tour.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Climate Feature of Each Season
The temperature in spring rises quickly but hardly keeps steady. “Suddenly warm and suddenly return cold” is easy to happen. Therefore, considering the fluctuated weather here in this season, thick coats or sweaters are in need according to the average temperature 8℃ in March, light jackets or sweaters is suitable in April as its average temperature is 14℃ and light T-shirt is recommended in May because its average temperature is 19℃. Generally, spring is good time for people to visit all kinds of scenic sites, especially the middle and late spring, apart from the in-door attractions which could be visited in any time, the ones in open air is waiting for visit as its in a glory time, such as Mount. Hua and Louguantai Wild Animals Rescuing and Raising Research Center in Zhouzhi County.
Rainy day and high temperature are the typical features of summer in Xi’an with the average temperature keeping at around 30℃. It is easy to start raining and even storm in summer but it also ends soon. Umbrella is necessary to prevent sunlight or rainfall when doing outdoor activities. Considering the hot weather, the in-door attractions like Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Shaanxi History Museum and Tang Dynasty Show is good choices. Of course, out-door attractions during this time also are beautiful and attractive like Mount. Hua. Considering the changing weather in summer days, tourists are suggested to bring an umbrella or rain coat on touring days. When doing the Mt Huashan tour, not only the rain coat but also a piece of long sleeve jacket is needed to protect you from strong sunlight or coldness after the sudden rain.
Xian City Wall
In this season, it is mild and humid as well as a little bit cool because the temperature drops and the rainfall rise. So the umbrella is also recommended in autumn in Xi’an and light jackets and sweater as well as long-sleeves T-shirts are good for travel or going outside. With the fair climate condition, September and October become a high season for travelling. The attractions like Huaqing Hot Spring, City Wall receive lots of tourists every day.
Like the most northern China cities, Xi’an is cold and dry in winter. Of course that doesn’t mean the city is not worthy of visit in winter. Xi’an in winter has different beauty with other seasons. It takes a solemn and silent face which shows it’s old, historical and elegant charm. Bell and Drum Tower Square and Big Wild Goose Pagoda could be good options for visiting. Thick winter coat and sweater is essential for people traveling to Xian.