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Datong Climate and Weather

Briefing
Datong City enjoys a continental monsoon climate, featured with sharp temperature difference between day and night. Datong has a four-season semi-arid climate, influenced by its relatively high elevation, and inland location, with a long, very cold Winter, and very warm, often humid, Summer.
 
Character of seasons in Datong
In Spring, the temperature of Datong rises quickly to an average temperature is 6.5°C to 9.1°C. After suddenly getting warmer, it always turns cold again. That is a feature of Datong weather in spring. Spring in Datong often flies with snow, but easy to thaw.
 
Summer in Datong features a temperate climate and the average temperature is 19°C to 21.8°C. Datong’s rain-fall is concentrated in Summer which comprises 64.3% of the whole year. The Summer of Datong is the season with a variety of colour rather than spring.

Autumn comes, and the temperature falls gradually. The Autumn sky is clear and sunny. Datong’s frosty weather appears in the last ten days of September.

Winter is long compared to the other three seasons in Datong. It reaches to more than 4 months. In Winter northwest winds prevail in Datong. Average temperature is from -12.8°C to 6.3°C.
 
The coldest month is January with average temperature of -11.3°C.
 
Averages range from −10.6°C in January to 22.0°C in July, with night-time lows often significantly lower than daytime highs due to the aridity. Precipitation is sparse, averaging 370 millimetres and concentrated heavily in the warmer months. The area receives around 2670 hours, or 61% of the possible total, of sunshine per year.
 
Climate Data Table for Datong
                Month
 Item
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
maximum
temperature
(℃)
-3.4
0.6
7.4
16.6
23.6
27.1
28.1
26.3
21.8
15.3
5.7
-1.6
minimum
temperature
(℃)
-16.9
-13.1
-6.1
1.3
8.3
13.4
16.4
14.5
8.6
1.9
-6.5
-14.1
Rainfall (mm)
3.1
3.4
9.3
17.6
29.4
48.9
101.1
83.1
50.6
17.8
7.6
1.6
Days of rainfall
0.1
0.1
0.3
0.6
1.0
1.9
3.4
2.8
1.9
0.6
0.2
0.06
 
Tips for Datong Weather
Best time to visit Datong:
A suitable time to travel to Datong is from April to October. The temperature in Datong normally changes sharply between day and night; therefore it is highly advisable that a thick overcoat should be taken to keep out the cold; even in Summer.

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