Rainy Season in China

China is the large country that has three main climatic zones: continental, subtropical and tropical. Regions with temperate climate have distinct seasons and relatively dry weather. Central part of the country has hot and rainy summers and cold winters. Rainy season is there in late summer. North-eastern provinces are much drier.

In southern part of China there’s long, hot and rainy summer and winter is short and cool. Precipitation is distributed over a year. South-eastern lands have tropical climate and pronounced rainy season that runs from May until October. Heavy downpour is often accompanied by destructive typhoons.

Rainy season in south-eastern China occurs due to collision of continental and marine air masses. Visiting those regions during tropical rains might be dangerous. Abundant precipitation often causes flood that harm both locals and tourists. Travelers should be cautious during rainy season or reschedule visit to south-eastern provinces on other time.


China Monthly Rainy Season

Actual rainy season starts in late May. First days of the month are fine, but amount of rain gradually grows. Influence of monsoon winds is especially pronounced in part of China that is located to south from the province of Guangdong.

Monsoon in Main Cities and Regions

Beijing
May Jun Jul Aug Sep
days
inch
4
1"
6
8"
10
9"
9
6"
4
2"
Hong Kong
May Jun Jul Aug Sep
days
inch
13
13"
17
19"
15
9"
15
16"
13
14"
Shanghai
May Jun Jul Aug Sep
days
inch
5
3"
8
5"
7
4"
7
5"
7
4"
Macau
May Jun Jul Aug Sep
days
inch
10
12"
9
13"
11
10"
10
11"
8
7"

June

During first month of summer amount of precipitation gradually increases, but it is usually lesser than in the middle of rainy season. Showers are powerful, but short. Typhoons start to roll over the island of Hainan.

July

In the middle of summer most of Chine suffers from heat. In southern regions rainy season is at its peak. In addition to heat coastal areas are exposed to hurricanes, torrential rains and typhoons.

August

In August nature calms down bit by bit. Middle of the month offers relatively comfortable weather, but sudden strikes of heavy rain are still possible.

September

In terms of weather first month of autumn is more like summer. With the beginning of the month typhoons and tropical rains start to leave continental part of China. Weather becomes sit better each day.

October

October is the last month of rainy season, but actual tropical showers occur only on Hainan. By the end of the month only southernmost region of Sanya experiences remains of seasonal rage of nature.