Best time to visit Xi'an

The best time to visit Xi'an is from early-May through to early-October when it's warm to hot, despite summer rainfall.

Xi'an weather

Xi'an has a temperate, semi-arid climate influenced by the East Asian monsoon and characterised by hot summers and cold, dry winters.

Xi'an lies on the Guanzhong Plain in central China, on a flood plain that borders the northern foot of the Qinling Mountains to the south and the banks of the Wei River to the north.

Summer brings long, dry sunny days that last well into autumn, averaging 27°C (80°F). Spring and autumn are also dry. March and April can be windy bringing sandstorms from the desert of northwest China.

Xi'an receives most of its annual rainfall from July to late-September when you can expect frequent but short thunderstorms.

Winter brings sub-freezing temperatures with occasional snowfalls.

Wht is the best month to visit Xi'an?
The best months to visit Xi'an are April, May and October, despite the possibility of rainfall.

Which is the hottest month in Xi'an?
The hottest time of year in Xi'an is normally July, when maximum daytime temperatures usually reach 32°C (89°F), with high heat and humidity, and a low of 23°C (73°F).

The hot season lasts from mid-May to early-September, with an average daily high temperature above 26°C (78°F).

What is the humidity in Xi'an?
Xi'an experiences notable seasonal variation in perceived relative humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 60% – 80% over the course of the year.

The more humid time of year lasts from mid-June to mid-September, when you can expect the comfort level to be muggy at least 20% of the time.

The month with the most muggy days in Xi'an is July, when around 24 days are muggy or worse.

October through April are more comfortable, with less than one day in each month that is muggy.

Which is the coldest month in Xi'an?
The coldest month of the year at Xi'an is January, with an average high of 5°C (41°F) and a low of -3°C (26°F).

The cold season lasts from late-November to late-February, with an average daily high temperature below 10°C (50°F).

Which is the sunniest month in Xi'an?
The sunniest time of year in Xi'an is usually August with an average of seven hours of sunshine per day; that's on average 54% of daylight hours.

Which month has the most rain in Xi'an?
July is usually the wettest month in Xi'an with 102mm (4in) of rainfall on average. There are normally 10 days in July with some rain.

The wet season lasts from mid-April to late-October, with a greater than 18% chance of a given day being a wet day.

Which is the windiest month in Xi'an?
The windiest month of the year in Xi'an is April, with an average hourly wind speed of 10 kilometres per hour (6 mph; 5 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from late-February through to mid-June, with average wind speeds of more than 8 kilometres per hour (5 mph; 4 knots).

The less-windy time of year lasts from mid-June through to late-February. The calmest month of the year in Xi'an is January, with an average hourly wind speed of 7 kilometres per hour (4 mph; 3.8 knots).

The predominant average hourly wind direction varies throughout the year in Xi'an.

Xi'an Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
5 9 14 21 26 30 32 30 25 19 12 7
Average low temperature (°C)
-3 0 5 11 16 20 23 21 17 11 3 -2
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
4 4 5 6 6 7 7 7 5 4 4 4
Average daily daylight (hrs)
10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Comfort level
Very cold hot icon Very cold hot icon Very cold hot icon No hot icon Low heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon No hot icon Very cold hot icon Very cold hot icon
Average relative humidity (%)
65 60 65 65 65 60 70 80 80 75 70 70
UV Index (max)
3 4 6 8 10 11 11 10 8 6 4 3
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
1 1 3 5 7 8 10 10 8 7 3 0
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
1 5 18 34 55 71 102 92 91 47 15 2
Average wind speed (km/h)
7 8 9 10 9 8 8 8 7 7 7 7
Xi'an, Shaanxi, China

Holiday seasons

High season: Spring (April through May) and autumn (September through October)
Low season: Winter, through November to February.

Source: Meteorological data for Xi'an is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020 from the closest weather station: Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (XIY), located 38km (23mi) north of Xi'an, China

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

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Latest update: Best time to visit Xi'an: 21 May, 2024

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