The best times to visit Xining for ideal weather are

June 11th to September 2nd

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



Other Xining Travel Info

Weather in Xining


Average temperatures in Xining vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 34th 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 Xining, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 80.2°F (26.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 51.7°F (10.9°C) at night.

Xining Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Xining Temperatures (Celsius)


“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.

Xining Perceived Temperature (F)


Xining Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Xining 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 35.8 17.8 3.3
Feb 42.8 26.3 11.7
Mar 52.7 37 22
Apr 62 47.6 32.6
May 68.1 54.8 40.6
Jun 73.2 60.2 47.1
Jul 75.7 63.2 51.1
Aug 75.1 61.7 49.8
Sep 66.7 54.6 44.2
Oct 58.6 44.2 32.3
Nov 47.3 31.2 18.7
Dec 38.1 20.5 6.8

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 2.1 -7.9 -15.9
Feb 6 -3.2 -11.3
Mar 11.5 2.8 -5.6
Apr 16.7 8.7 0.3
May 20.1 12.7 4.8
Jun 22.9 15.7 8.4
Jul 24.3 17.3 10.6
Aug 23.9 16.5 9.9
Sep 19.3 12.6 6.8
Oct 14.8 6.8 0.2
Nov 8.5 -0.4 -7.4
Dec 3.4 -6.4 -14



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Xining are February, January, and then December. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early July with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of July 2nd.

When can you find snow in Xining? Weather stations report no annual snow. 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 Xining.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

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

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 0% 0 0.1
Feb 0% 0 0.1
Mar 4% 0 0.3
Apr 7% 0 0.8
May 22% 0 2.5
Jun 28% 0 3
Jul 31% 0 3.4
Aug 30% 0 3.9
Sep 27% 0 2.8
Oct 9% 0 1.1
Nov 2% 0 0.2
Dec 0% 0 0.1

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 0 0 0.3
Feb 0 0 0.3
Mar 4 0 0.8
Apr 7 0 2
May 22 0 6.4
Jun 28 0 7.6
Jul 31 0 8.6
Aug 30 0 9.9
Sep 27 0 7.1
Oct 9 0 2.8
Nov 2 0 0.5
Dec 0 0 0.3


Humidity and Wind

Xining has some humid months, and dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is March (25.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (60.1%).

Wind in Xining is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is April, followed by March and May. April’s average wind speed of around 3 knots (3.5 MPH or 5.6 KPH) is considered “light air.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early April where average top sustained speeds reach 6.7 knots, which is considered a light breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

Avg. Relative Humidity


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

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

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 1.8 Barely noticeable 4.1 Light breeze
Feb 2.2 Barely noticeable 4.7 Light breeze
Mar 2.8 Barely noticeable 6 Light breeze
Apr 3 Barely noticeable 6.5 Light breeze
May 2.7 Barely noticeable 5.8 Light breeze
Jun 2.5 Barely noticeable 5.7 Light breeze
Jul 2 Barely noticeable 4.3 Light breeze
Aug 2.1 Barely noticeable 4.6 Light breeze
Sep 2 Barely noticeable 4.2 Light breeze
Oct 1.9 Barely noticeable 4 Light breeze
Nov 1.8 Barely noticeable 3.8 Light breeze
Dec 1.9 Barely noticeable 4 Light breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 29%
Feb 26.6%
Mar 25.6%
Apr 28.7%
May 39.6%
Jun 48.1%
Jul 55.3%
Aug 55.9%
Sep 60.1%
Oct 50.5%
Nov 41.7%
Dec 33.7%


Is it Safe to Travel to Xining?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Macao; 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 Aug 22, 2019.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Xining, China is January, followed by September and March. 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 Xining in June. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month


Most Popular Months to Visit

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 25.8 in June means 25.8% of the tourists vs. January.



Overall Xining Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 70.3°F (21.3°C) and 45.5°F (7.5°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 7 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 comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the most precipitation with 8 to 10 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the slowest season for tourism in Xining, so lodging and other accommodations may cost less than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 67.9°F (19.9°C) and 43.9°F (6.6°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 1 to 8 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in Xining to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 47.9°F (8.8°C) and 34.1°F (1.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a insignificant amount: consistently 0 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.


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