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Best time to visit Kunming, China

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The best time to visit Kunming is September-October

Want to know when to travel to Kunming? Based on criteria such as the weather, cost of flights and hotels, and peak travel periods, September-October is the best time to go to Kunming. Don’t just take our word for it though… We’ve put together loads of information below to help you decide, such as a monthly breakdown of the weather, what to pack, when to fly, and much more.

The warmest month of the year in Kunming is May, where the average temperature gets to around 25℃ (77℉), but temperatures can reach as high as 29℃ (84℉) on the hottest days in summer. The weather at night in the winter, which is around January-time, can get down to a minimum of -0℃ (31℉).

If you’re keen to work on your tan in Kunming, you’re most likely get the longest days between sun-up and sun-down around April. The wet season in Kunming usually falls during the months surrounding June each year. It’s not uncommon to get some decent rainfall or light showers during this time, but on some days the weather tends to be fine for a majority of the day, with only a few drops of rain falling from a passing shower.

For more information about when to travel to Kunming, the monthly weather breakdown and the best information and tools to book your trip, continue reading below.

Warmest month

May

Least rainfall

February

Most daylight

April

Kunming seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Kunming as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Kunming is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Kunming

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Kunming for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Kunming climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Kunming for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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Kunming in January

  • Average temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average high temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 29mm (1") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kunming in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Kunming in February

  • Average temperature: 10℃ (51℉)
  • Average high temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average humidity: 60%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 9mm (0") over 5 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
5 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kunming in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Kunming in March

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average high temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average humidity: 53%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 17mm (1") over 9 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kunming in March, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Kunming in April

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (53℉)
  • Average humidity: 56%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 38mm (2") over 14 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kunming in April, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings, and t-shirts and light gear for the daytime.


Kunming in May

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average humidity: 65%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 73mm (3") over 17 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kunming in May, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Kunming in June

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 169mm (7") over 27 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
27 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kunming in June, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Kunming in July

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (60℉)
  • Average humidity: 85%
  • Average sunny days: 1 days
  • Average rainfall: 149mm (6") over 28 days
1 days
of pure sunshine
28 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kunming in July, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Kunming in August

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (58℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 111mm (4") over 28 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
28 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kunming in August, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Kunming in September

  • Average temperature: 18℃ (63℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 107mm (4") over 26 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
26 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kunming in September, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.

Kunming in October

  • Average temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average high temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 78mm (3") over 22 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
22 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kunming in October, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Kunming in November

  • Average temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average low temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 20mm (1") over 12 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kunming in November, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Kunming in December

  • Average temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average high temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 17mm (1") over 10 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kunming in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Kunming is usually May, where temperatures tend to rise to around 25℃ (77℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Kunming is generally around February. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in February first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Kunming is generally around June, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of June too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Kunming, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in April are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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