Hong Kong weather

Hong Kong has a humid subtropical climate typical of southern China with hot, humid summers and mild, drier winters.

Hong Kong weather averages and climate information

Average daily max (°C)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
18 17 19 24 28 29 31 31 29 27 23 20 25

Average daily min (°C)

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
13 13 16 19 23 26 26 26 25 23 18 15 20
Average relative humidity (%)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
66 73 74 77 78 77 77 77 72 63 60 63 71
Average rainfall (mm)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
33 46 74 137 292 394 381 367 257 114 43 31
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
5 4 3 4 5 5 8 6 6 7 7 6 5.5

When is the best time to visit Hong Kong?

Summer months

From early May until late September Hong Kong experiences hot and humid weather with occasional heavy showers and monsoon rains. The heat and humidity can be very uncomfortable through the height of the summer both by day and overnight. Tropical cyclones and occasionally typhoons develop in the South China Sea, some of these affect Hong Kong with torrential rain, flooding and destructive winds. The typhoon season peaks between July and September. 

Winter Months

October to March is generally warm and dry in Hong Kong as the monsoon retreats and high pressure becomes established over the continent. While it is largely dry, February to April can be rather cloudy with only 3-4 hours of sunshine expected per day. October and November bring more sunshine, and while there is still a chance of rain, the sweltering heat and humidity of the summer will have subsided, making these months a good time to visit. Frost is virtually unheard of in Hong Kong, but January is the coolest month on average with highs of around 18 Celsius and 5 hours of sunshine per day, it may appeal to those wishing to find a bit of winter sun. 


Hong Kong Tourist Information

Set in a dramatic landscape of sea and mountains, Hong Kong consists of a group of islands and part of mainland China. Hong Kong Island itself has the main financial and commercial districts and is home to the famous skyline of skyscrapers surrounded by hills which rise around Victoria Harbour. Hong Kong has an interesting history; once part of the British Empire but now part of the Peoples' Republic of China (although governed separately) it is home to over 7 million people and is the world's 4th most densely populated area. Once a handful of small fishing communities, Hong Kong became an important trading port over the past few centuries. As well as the port, it is now one of the world's most important financial and commercial centres. 

Hong Kong is a melting pot of the traditional and the super-modern. Temples and vibrant markets are juxtaposed with skyscrapers and huge infra-structure projects. The surrounding mountains are home to country parks and nature reserves with diverse flora and fauna; while gleaming suspension bridges link the groups of islands together. Traditional Chinese junks used by local fishermen sail in the same waters as super tankers and speed boats. When a modern city is built on an ancient civilisation in a dramatic landscape, the result is worth exploring.