Weather in Hong Kong

When is the best time to visit?

Hong Kong is known for its year-round mild weather and sub-tropical climate. Summers are hot and humid, temperatures can reach into the 90°'s (30°'s c.) and in winter, even though you can certainly leave all your winter coats behind, temperatures may drop to the mid-50°'s (13° c.)

Fall weather in Hong Kong

As a general rule, the clear and not-so-scorching days of autumn when the summer heat and humidity start to reside, are probably the best times to visit, particularly in late autumn.

Although the occasional rainy day is there, the common downpours of spring and summer are less of a nuisance and your chances of sunny blue skies are probably better, temperatures although still warm are more pleasant.

Of course, nature being nature, anything can happen. We have had non-stop rain the whole week one autumn vacation when we caught the tail end of some storm that year as well as glorious days in late spring when the waterfalls are expected.

So we have learned to expect the unexpected, come prepared and make the best of it.

Below are some tips we have collected through the years for visiting Hong Kong during any given season.

First let's take a look at the average monthly temperatures and rainfall for a rough guideline:

Sources: * MSN Weather Updated 9/2014
** Hong Kong Observatory

Hong Kong Monthly Weather At A Glance
Sunny Weather Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
High * 20ºC
67ºF
20ºC
67ºF
22ºC
72ºF
26ºC
79ºF
29ºC
85ºF
31ºC
88ºF
Low * 13ºC
55ºF
13ºC
56ºF
16ºC
62ºF
20ºC
69ºF
24ºC
74ºF
26ºC
78ºF
Rain ** (days) 2 2.5 4 8 12 18
Sunny Weather Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High * 32ºC
90ºF
32ºC
90ºF
31ºC
88ºF
29ºC
85ºF
25ºC
78ºF
21ºC
71ºF
Low * 26ºC
79ºF
26ºC
79ºF
25ºC
77ºF
22ºC
72ºF
18ºC
64ºF
14ºC
56ºF
Rain ** (days) 15 17 13 4.5 3 2

Visiting Hong Kong in the Summer

Summer months in Hong Kong are from late May to early September. The wettest hottest months are June through August, definitely not the greatest time to visit. Many visitors come in the summer because of their children's school holidays. Although not optimal, all is not lost, there is still much fun to be had.

Mickey and Minnie in Summer Beach Clothes

Pack very light, cotton, breathable clothing sandals, hat, etc. and also a light sweater for the air-conditioning which will be running full blast at shopping centres, restaurants and the hotel lobby. Because of the high and crushing humidity sometimes reaching over 90%, you might feel like you need a change of clothes as soon as you go out the door.

Umbrella is essential, rain jacket not so. It gets so hot, wearing a rain jacket is very uncomfortable.

Rainy Day in Hong Kong

On the first clear day of your stay, visit the attractions that are better enjoyed with clear weather. If Victoria Peak, Sky 100, or the Ngong Ping Cable Car are on your agenda, grab the chance because you might not get another one.

Amusement parks are fun rain or shine, you are even expected to get wet at some rides. On the other hand, if it is raining too hard, some of the rides might be closed.

Another thing to watch for is the possibility of typhoons since this is the height of the season which runs from May through September. More on Typhoon season here.

Stormy Day in Hong Kong

On the upside, if visiting Hong Kong in the summer, some of the best hotel deals are during this season.

Visiting Hong Kong in the Fall

Autumn in Hong Kong from late September to early December is one of our favourite times to visit. Temperatures are pleasant, humidity not so overwhelming, sunny days and blue skies are more common.

Sunny Day with clear skies in Hong Kong

This is the time to enjoy all outdoor activities and the array of food fairs and lantern carnivals of the Mid-Autumn Festival that start to pop up during this season.

A light jacket and dressing in layers is probably best as there will be some warm days with temperatures dropping a bit at night.

If coming in the autumn you are coming in the high season. Plan your accomodations ahead of time, specially during the "Golden Week" of the National Day holidays (first week in October) and the many trade fairs that take place at this time when hotels are in great demand.

September is still in the "danger" zone for tropical storms so remain vigilant of any alerts during this time.

Visiting Hong Kong in the Winter

Although January and February might see the occasional cold front, I'm not sure "winter" is the right word! You will certainly need a sweater or jacket, but heavy coats can stay home.

The low temperatures will average around 55° F. (13° C.) and during the day climb in the 60°'s and 70°s (20° - 22° C.)

Sunny Day with clear skies in Hong Kong

Days can be cloudy but dry. The pleasant temperatures, lack of showers and the whirlwind of colorful lights and festive atmosphere as Hong Kong gears up for Christmas in December and the Chinese New Year celebrations in January or February, make for a wonderful time to visit the city but also one of the busiest times should you happen to be around the festivities.

For the budget-minded, first half of December and early January are slow times and you should be able to get some good deals in accomodations.

Visiting Hong Kong in the Spring

In early spring, March and April, the temperatures are still pleasant and begin to climb. Overcast days are the norm, with some showers but usually not more than a drizzle.

Cloudy overcast April Day in Hong Kong

Towards May, humidity rises, showers and storms start to mount giving way to the hot and muggy days of summer.

If visiting in the spring, dress in layers, a light jacket comes in handy for cooler nights and an umbrella is essential gear.

Early spring is a nice time to travel with March considered low-season when deals are available. In April and May, colorful festivals abound, but the busy time kicks in again with the trade fairs and the May "Golden Week" attracting the crowds and filling the hotels.

Related Links

All you need to know about Hong Kong Typhoons

A Guide to Hong Kong Festivals and Events to Plan your Visit

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