Harbin Weather & Climate

In Heilongjiang Province, China’s northernmost province, Harbin is famous for its very cold winters, long ice period and beautiful snow and ice scene. Harbin is at the same latitude as Montreal, and winter temperatures as low as -38.1°C have been recorded. One of the best winter destinations in the world, Harbin can also be a great place to visit in summer, if you want to escape the summer heat. The average temperature of hottest August is about 23.2 degree Celsius. The weather is cool and it seems to be perpetually breezy, and most of Harbin's streets are lined with trees. The annual precipitation is around 462mm.

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

Climate

Harbin has a mid-temperate continental monsoon climate, with long winters and short summers. The average annual precipitation is 569.1 mm, mainly from June to September. Summer accounts for 60% of the annual precipitation. The snowfall period is from November to January. There are four distinct seasons. The average temperature in January is about 19 degrees below zero; the average temperature in July is about 23 degrees. In spring season from April to June, drought and strong winds is likely to occur in Harbin. Generally the change of temperature in spring and autumn is fast. These two are only transition seasons.

Harbin Weather Yearly

Check below Harbin weather by month, you can have a general idea of the local temperature and weather averages, and understand the coldest month and hottest month. It will help a lot for you to prepare and pack for your Harbin trip.

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Average High (F)

6/10

15/18

33/36

53/57

68/72

77/81

Average High(C)

-14/12

-10/-8

1/3

12/14

20/22

25/27

Average Low (F)

-15/-12

-9/-5

10/14

30/33

44/47

55/59

Average Low (C)

-26/-24

-23/-21

-12/-10

-1/1

6/8

13/15

Rain (in)

0.1/0.2

0.2/0.3

0.4/0.5

0.8/0.9

1.6/1.7

3.4/3.5

Rain(mm)

<5

5/10

10/15

20/25

40/45

85/90


 

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High (F)

81/85

78/82

68/71

52/56

30/33

12/16

Average High(C)

27/29

26/28

20/22

11/13

-1/1

-12/-9

Average Low (F)

63/67

60/63

46/50

30/34

10/14

-7/-4

Average Low (C)

17/19

15/17

8/10

-1/1

-12/-10

-22/-20

Rain (in)

6.3/6.4

4.6/4.7

2.4/2.5

1.1/1.2

0.3/0.4

0.2/0.3

Rain(mm)

160/165

115/120

60/65

25/30

10/15

5/10


When is the best season to visit Harbin?

According to the temperature, summer from July to August with mild weather is best season to visit Harbin. However, the winter from December to February, with the Ice and Snow Festival, the fairytale snow scene and various fun winter activities, is the best time to travel to Harbin for people who love snow.

How cold is Harbin in January?

Please see above the average temperature of Harbin in January. You can see that it is coldest month of the year, with average nightly low temperature is -246°C (-15 °F), and the average daily high temperature is -12 °C (10 °F).

What should I wear in Harbin in winter?

It is extremely cold in winter. You are suggested to wear approximately to keep warm. Pack a warm coat, such as outdoor winter jacket, down jacket, or those made of wool or fur. Other necessary clothing include winter hat, scarf, gloves, snow boots, etc.

When is Harbin snowy?

As we mentioned above, in Harbin, it usually snows from November to March of next year. Sometimes, there is even snowstorm in winter. So check the weather forecast before your trip, in case of any bad weather.

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