Dalian Weather

Last updated by fadri at 2014/5/2

Overview

Dalian, as a coastal city located to the west of the Yellow Sea and to the east of Bohai Sea, is situated in Liaodong Peninsula in Northeast China. It is located in the north temperature zone, enjoying a temperate continental monsoon climate, with the annual average temperature of 10 ℃. Due to the ocean climate, Dalian enjoys a mild weather condition, which is not too hot in summer, nor too cold in winter. The annual duration of sunshine ranges from 2,500 to 2,800 hours. August is the hottest month of Dalian with the average temperature of 24℃ and the coldest month falls in January with the average temperature of -5℃. The rainy season falls in summer and the annual average precipitation of 950 millimeters. Thanks to its favorable weather condition and beautiful beaches, Dalian is ranked as one of the most popular tourist resorts in China.

The Annual Temperature and Precip

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

High (ºC)

0

1.67

7.22

15

21.11

25

27.78

28.33

25

18.89

10.56

3.33

Low (ºC)

-7.22

-5.56

0

6.67

12.78

17.78

21.67

22.22

17.78

11.11

3.33

-3.89

Precip(mm)

4

3

5

1.2

1.8

2.7

6.6

5.6

2.7

1.3

9

5

High (ºF)

32

35

45

59

70

77

82

83

77

66

51

38

Low (ºF)

19

22

32

44

55

64

71

72

64

52

38

25

Best Visiting Time

The best time to travel to Dalian is from mid-May to September, when the weather is very comfortable and the scenery is at its best, especially the beauty of the sea. Every year, large numbers of tourists flock to Dalian to spend their summer, enjoying the beautiful sea breeze and participate in various water activities by the seaside. In addition, Dalian holds a number of various festivals annually, such as Dalian Chinese Scholar Tree Blossom Affairs and Commodity Export Fair.

Spring (March, April, May)

Spring lasts from late March to May in Dalian, when it becomes warm and comfortable due to the pleasant ocean wind. The temperature ranges from 0 to 7.22ºC in March, from 6.67 to 15 ºC in April and from 12.78 to 21.11 ºC in May. For packing, light sweaters, jackets and thermal underwear are recommended.

Summer (June, July, August)

Summer lasts from June to August in Dalian, with an average temperature of around 20 ºC (68 F). The temperature ranges from 17.78 to 25 ºC in June, from 21.67 to 27.78 ºC in July and from 22.22 to 28.33 ºC n August. Thanks to the beautiful seaside scenery, Dalian attracts a large number of travelers to come to enjoy the sea and various water activities. Tourists need to wear short-sleeved shirts, shorts and sandals and bring sunglasses, sun hats and sunscreen cream in order to prevent the sunshine and sunstroke. 

Autumn (September, October, November)

Autumn lasts from September to early November in Dalian, with the average temperature ranging from 15 to 20 ºC (59 to 68 ºF). The temperature ranges from 17.78 to 25 ºC in September, from 11.11 to 18.89 ºC in October and from 3.33 to 10.56 ºC in November. Being a migration season for fish, autumn becomes the best season for fishing in Dalian. Fishing becomes the highlight when visiting Dalian in autumn instead of seaside activity. For packing, sweaters, thermal underwear, jackets and woolen trousers are needed.

Winter (mid-November, December, January, February)

Winter lasts from mid-November to the next February in Dalian. The temperature ranges from -3.89 3.33 ºC in December, from -7.22 to 0 ºC in January and from -5.56 to 1.67 ºC in February. January is ranked as the coldest month of Dalian when the strong bone-chilling winds sweep through the whole city. During winter period, Dalian holds a number of various activities, such as ice festival, winter swimming, mountain climbing, horse-racing and skiing, among which the Ice Festival in Bingyu Valley is the most popular activity. Tourists need to wear down jackets, cotton-padded jackets and shoes, thick gloves and scarves. As the Chinese New Year, Spring Festival, usually falls in February, thus, tourists need to avoid this period when there are huge crowds of people. 

Avoid Peak Traveling Periods

It is strongly suggested that tourists should avoid peak traveling periods in China, when there are numerous Chinese people traveling, bringing inconvenience to tourists, such as transportation and accommodation. During peak traveling periods, it’s very difficult to get a flight or train ticket and Hotels raise their prices a lot. Shopping malls are crowded with people.

The peak traveling periods include some traditional Chinese Festivals , including New Year’s Day (January 1st to 3rd), Spring Festival ( late January or early February), May Day( May 1st to 3rd) and National Day holidays( October 1st to 7th).

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