Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with temperatures ranging from 10˚C to 33˚C. The city enjoys a mild climate from the middle of September to the end of February, driest during the month of December and January. The weather from May to mid-September can be hot, wet and humid, with June and August being the wettest months.
Typhoon season begins in May and ends in November. When a typhoon is approaching, warnings are broadcast on television and radio. There are various degrees of warning signals issued by the Hong Kong Observatory, but when a level 8 signal is given, most businesses and shops are closed, and flights may be cancelled. There is a separate warning system for heavy rain. Waterspouts and hailstorms occur infrequently, while snow and tornadoes are rare.
Best time to visit Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a year-round destination. The best time to visit Hong Kong is from end September to December, when the weather is generally dry and sunny with comfortable temperatures. Nevertheless, Hong Kong has plenty of indoor attractions for you to enjoy even when it rains.
|Spring – March to May|
Average Temperature: 18 – 27°CSpring brings warm and humidity is rising, but the skies can be quite overcast, with average temperature of around 23°C. Evenings can be cool.There are rain, fog and occasional showers during these months.
Prepare long-sleeved shirts or a thin jacket for the evenings, and an umbrella or light rainwear for the occasional spring drizzle.
|Summer – June to August|
Average Temperature: 25 – 35°CSummer in Hong Kong is hot and more humid, with occasional showers and thunderstorms. June and August have the highest average rainfall of the year. There is usually a fine dry spell in July, which may possibly last for one to two weeks. The temperature often exceeds 31°C but high humidity levels can make it feel even hotter. Between July and September, Hong Kong is most likely to be affected by tropical cyclones, although gales are not unusual at any time between May and November.
Wear light and breathable clothing, but advisable to prepare jacket as air-conditioning may be strong in indoor areas such as shopping malls. Remember to bring an umbrella or light rain gear, as there may be monsoons in the summer. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also recommended for extended outdoor activities.
|Autumn – September to November|
Average Temperature: 18 – 28°CAutumn is an excellent time to travel to Hong Kong. There are pleasant breezes, plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperature, ranging between 18 and 28°C. The skies are clear and humidity is low. You can expect sunny and mostly dry days, making it perfect to enjoy Hong Kong and its sightseeing attractions without too much sweat.
Dress in breathable clothing, but also prepare warmer clothing such as jackets for the cooler mornings and evenings. Moisturizer and sunscreen are also useful.
|Winter – December to February|
Average Temperature: 14 – 19°CWinter weather in Hong Kong is cool, dry and cloudy, with occasional cold fronts. The temperatures range between 14 and 19°C, and sometimes drop below 10°C in urban areas. The lowest temperature recorded at Hong Kong Observatory is 0°C, although sub-zero temperatures and frost occur at times on high ground and in the New Territories.
Pack warm garments such as wool sweaters and coats. Bring along a few pieces of thermal wear for extra layers if needed.
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