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Best time to visit Pyongyang, North Korea

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The best time to visit Pyongyang is April-May

When’s the best time to visit Pyongyang, you ask? Based on several factors like the weather and climate, cost of flights and hotels, peak travel seasons and much more, the best time to go to Pyongyang is April-May.

The very hottest temperatures in Pyongyang get to around 30℃ (87℉) in the height of summer. The weather in the winter, especially around January, can reach a minimum of -15℃ (6℉).

The sun stays up the longest in Pyongyang in May, so you’ll get the most out of your daytime activities if you visit around this time. You don’t want to get wet on your holiday, do you? Well if you’re trying to avoid the rain, then steer clear of Pyongyang in July. Head over there in January instead if you want to increase your chances of not being rained on.

Keep reading to find out more detailed information about the seasons and climate in Pyongyang, as well as our favourite tools to help you find the best options for transport, accommodation, and much more.

Warmest month

August

Least rainfall

January

Most daylight

May

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Pyongyang seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Pyongyang as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Pyongyang 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 Pyongyang

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 Pyongyang 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.

Pyongyang 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 Pyongyang 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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Pyongyang in January

  • Average temperature: -6℃ (21℉)
  • Average high temperature: -3℃ (27℉)
  • Average low temperature: -9℃ (15℉)
  • Average humidity: 68%
  • Average sunny days: 25 days
  • Average rainfall: 6mm (0") over 2 days
  • Average snow days: 5 days
25 days
of pure sunshine
2 days
of showers or rain

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


Pyongyang in February

  • Average temperature: -3℃ (27℉)
  • Average high temperature: 2℃ (35℉)
  • Average low temperature: -6℃ (22℉)
  • Average humidity: 62%
  • Average sunny days: 24 days
  • Average rainfall: 12mm (0") over 2 days
  • Average snow days: 3 days
24 days
of pure sunshine
2 days
of showers or rain

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


Pyongyang in March

  • Average temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average high temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average low temperature: -0℃ (32℉)
  • Average humidity: 55%
  • Average sunny days: 25 days
  • Average rainfall: 11mm (0") over 6 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
25 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

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


Pyongyang in April

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (51℉)
  • Average high temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average low temperature: 5℃ (42℉)
  • Average humidity: 55%
  • Average sunny days: 22 days
  • Average rainfall: 27mm (1") over 8 days
22 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

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


Pyongyang in May

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average humidity: 63%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 44mm (2") over 9 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

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


Pyongyang in June

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 46mm (2") over 12 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Pyongyang 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.


Pyongyang in July

  • Average temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average low temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 135mm (5") over 19 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
19 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Pyongyang 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.


Pyongyang in August

  • Average temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average low temperature: 20℃ (67℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 83mm (3") over 16 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Pyongyang 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.


Pyongyang in September

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 38mm (1") over 9 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

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

Pyongyang in October

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average high temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average humidity: 68%
  • Average sunny days: 23 days
  • Average rainfall: 20mm (1") over 6 days
23 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

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


Pyongyang in November

  • Average temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average high temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average low temperature: 2℃ (35℉)
  • Average humidity: 65%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 24mm (1") over 9 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

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


Pyongyang in December

  • Average temperature: -4℃ (25℉)
  • Average high temperature: -1℃ (31℉)
  • Average low temperature: -7℃ (20℉)
  • Average humidity: 66%
  • Average sunny days: 22 days
  • Average rainfall: 14mm (1") over 6 days
  • Average snow days: 5 days
22 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Pyongyang 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 Pyongyang is usually August, where temperatures tend to rise to around 28℃ (83℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Pyongyang is generally around January. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in January first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Pyongyang is generally around July, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of July too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Pyongyang, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in May are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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