The best times to visit Gwangju for ideal weather are

April 16th to June 17th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 

 


Other Gwangju Travel Info

Weather in Gwangju

Temperature

Average temperatures in Gwangju vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice some of the year, but often too hot in the summer and cold in the winter with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 25th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Gwangju, the hottest months are August, July, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early August where highs are regularly around 90.8°F (32.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 76.2°F (24.6°C) at night.

Gwangju Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Gwangju Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Gwangju Perceived Temperature (F)

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Gwangju Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Gwangju Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 41.4 33.2 25.3
Feb 47.3 38 29.3
Mar 56.6 45.7 35.7
Apr 67.2 55.6 44.7
May 77.9 66.6 55.9
Jun 83.1 73.7 66.1
Jul 86.3 78.9 73
Aug 87.8 79.9 73.7
Sep 81.7 72.5 64.8
Oct 72.5 61.6 51.9
Nov 58.7 49.5 40.9
Dec 45.3 37.2 29.5

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 5.2 0.7 -3.7
Feb 8.5 3.3 -1.5
Mar 13.7 7.6 2.1
Apr 19.6 13.1 7.1
May 25.5 19.2 13.3
Jun 28.4 23.2 18.9
Jul 30.2 26.1 22.8
Aug 31 26.6 23.2
Sep 27.6 22.5 18.2
Oct 22.5 16.4 11.1
Nov 14.8 9.7 4.9
Dec 7.4 2.9 -1.4

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Gwangju are October, January, and then February. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid October. For example, on the week of October 15th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid July with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of July 9th.

When can you find snow in Gwangju? Weather stations report a good amount of seasonal snow likely to be deepest around November, especially close to late December. The best time to ski (if at all) in Gwangju is often around around December 17th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Gwangju.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Gwangju (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 12% 1.7 1.2
Feb 15% 0.9 2.2
Mar 18% 2 2.7
Apr 20% 0 3.4
May 20% 0 4
Jun 24% 0 4.7
Jul 36% 0 12.5
Aug 36% 0 12.3
Sep 22% 0 5.8
Oct 11% 0 2.5
Nov 20% 2.2 2.7
Dec 20% 1.8 1.9

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 12 4.3 3
Feb 15 2.3 5.6
Mar 18 5.1 6.9
Apr 20 0 8.6
May 20 0 10.2
Jun 24 0 11.9
Jul 36 0 31.8
Aug 36 0 31.2
Sep 22 0 14.7
Oct 11 0 6.4
Nov 20 5.6 6.9
Dec 20 4.6 4.8

 

Humidity and Wind

Gwangju has some very humid months, with other moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is March (46.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is July (72.7%).

Wind in Gwangju is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is July, followed by April and August. July’s average wind speed of around 4.7 knots (5.4 MPH or 8.8 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid July where average top sustained speeds reach 9 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Gwangju.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 3.5 Barely noticeable 6.5 Light breeze
Feb 3.8 Barely noticeable 7 Gentle breeze
Mar 4.2 Light breeze 7.8 Light breeze
Apr 4.4 Light breeze 8.1 Gentle breeze
May 4.1 Light breeze 7.7 Light breeze
Jun 4.1 Light breeze 7.6 Gentle breeze
Jul 4.7 Light breeze 8.1 Light breeze
Aug 4.2 Light breeze 7.5 Gentle breeze
Sep 3.5 Barely noticeable 6.5 Light breeze
Oct 3.1 Barely noticeable 6.1 Light breeze
Nov 3.2 Barely noticeable 6.1 Light breeze
Dec 3.6 Barely noticeable 6.7 Light breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 53%
Feb 48.6%
Mar 46.3%
Apr 46.7%
May 49.9%
Jun 61.6%
Jul 72.7%
Aug 70.7%
Sep 64%
Oct 54.9%
Nov 57.1%
Dec 57.3%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Gwangju?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for South Korea; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Oct 03, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Gwangju, South Korea is January, followed by May and April. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Gwangju in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 73.7 in December means 73.7% of the tourists vs. January.

 

 

Overall Gwangju Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 81°F (27.2°C) and 51.6°F (10.9°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 6 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the most precipitation with 7 to 11 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Gwangju, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 83.2°F (28.4°C) and 53.1°F (11.7°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 3 to 7 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is too cold this time of year in Gwangju to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 52.1°F (11.2°C) and 39.7°F (4.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.

 

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