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Climate, Beijing: 12 reviews and 12 photos


Favorite thing: It is astonishing how many questions there are in the Beijing forum, asking what the weather is like in Beijing. It would be quicker to go to one of the many weather-related websites and get the facts rather than rely on the rather subjective views of previous visitors.
The following websites are obvious:
The Weather Channel forecast for Beijing
Scroll down for the 10-day forecast.
(You can change between Celsius and Fahrenheit)

If you are in Beijing already, you can get an hourly forecast for the rest of the day which is neat.

The Weather Channel website has a table showing the averages and records for the entire year, which is also of *some* use when planning. The reason I say *some* use is that it is actually quite difficult for most people to translate the numbers into reality.
It is also important when checking the weather to understand what the wind speed is, especially when the temperature gets lower because temperature is officially measured in 'zero windspeed'.
Today in Beijing, for example, the current temperature is -1C, but the windspeed makes it feel officially like -6C. That is a very, very big difference.

Fondest memory: Microclimate can make a very big difference. In winter, the city centre is probably at least 4C warmer than the official temperature, but then in certain areas (such as the CBD) the temperature is probably much colder if there is a wind blowing and the high buldings tend to channel the wind making it even windier (and colder) still. In the summer, the city cetre is still probably 4C warmer because of the reflection from buildings and concrete!
The final issue is the diurnal range, which can be substantial in Beijing, especially in March, April, October and November. The nightime temperature can be dramatically cooler than the daytime high.

The Weatherbase statistics provide some detailed climate statistics for Beijjing.

Note that the Qwikcast weather forecast always seems to a day "out of synch" so the box that syas "Today" refers to yesterday, and "Tomorrow" refers to today. Confusing.

If you are travelling to the Great Wall, note that this area is considerably higher than Beijing and much more exposed to the winds. It can be pleasant in Beijing and bitterly cold up on the Wall (like 10C lower in autumn).

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  • Updated Dec 18, 2004
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