Hong Kong Weather and Climate
The metropolis of Hong Kong is located on the south coast of the People’s Republic of China. Over 7 million people live here on an area of 1104 square kilometers. This results in an incredible population density of 6429 inhabitants per square kilometer! In comparison: Germany has a population density of 227 inhabitants per square kilometer.
Hong Kong is divided into four regions, Kowloon, the NewTerritorries, Hong Kong Island and the Outer Islands. The Kowloon Peninsula and the north of Hong Kong Island are very densely populated and represent an important residential sector. The cost of living is enormous and is among the highest in the world.
Hong Kong lies on the South China Sea and has the status of a special administrative zone, which means: Hong Kong retains a free market economy and a high level of internal autonomy, which is otherwise rather untypical for China. The largest of Hong Kong’s 263 islands is Lantau Island, on whose neighboring island Chek Lap Kok is the Hong Kong International Airport.
From Frankfurt, Hong Kong, 9170 kilometers away, can be reached in around eleven hours by plane.
Climate in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has a humid, subtropical climate. This manifests itself in clearly different seasons. Winters are quite dry and mild, whereas summer can get very hot and wet. Typical of a subtropical climate is the annual monsoon season, which brings high humidity and a lot of precipitation. Most of the rainfall in Hong Kong is from April to September.
The wettest month in Hong Kong is August with up to 445 millimeters of rain.
The temperatures are tropical hot at over 31 ° C during this time. The maximum values in the months of January, February and March, on the other hand, are a pleasant 22 degrees. Autumn is also no longer oppressively hot from October (around 27.7 degrees during the day) and continues to drop towards the end of the year. The coldest month of January has an average temperature of 16.4 ° C.
When to go to Hong Kong?
The rainy season is dominated by regular and heavy rainfall, which can literally drop a Hong Kong trip into the water. Thus, in the months of May to August is not recommended, the edge months of April and September are comparatively humid. The summer in Hong Kong is also very humid and hot and Europeans find it rather uncomfortable.
We particularly recommend the months of October to mid- December as the best time to visit Hong Kong as well as the spring month of March. The temperatures are now more moderate, the precipitation and the humidity are, the climate is therefore perfect for exploring the city. It can be cooler year round in the surrounding mountainous areas of Hong Kong. January and February are also very stable, but comparatively cool.
Temperatures, precipitation, sunshine
|Daytime temperature||19 ° C||19 ° C||22 ° C||25 ° C||28 ° C||30 ° C||31 ° C||31 ° C||30 ° C||28 ° C||24 ° C||20 ° C|
|Night temperature||14 ° C||14 ° C||17 ° C||21 ° C||24 ° C||26 ° C||27 ° C||26 ° C||26 ° C||23 ° C||19 ° C||16 ° C|
|Water temperature||19 ° C||19 ° C||20 ° C||23 ° C||27 ° C||29 ° C||29 ° C||29 ° C||28 ° C||27 ° C||24 ° C||21 ° C|
|Precipitation in mm||25||52||71||189||330||388||374||445||288||152||35||35|
|Hours of sunshine||5||4||3||4||5||5||8||7||6||6||6||6|
The annual average temperature is 23.4 ° C. For comparison: Munich reaches an average of 8.6 ° C, in Berlin it is 9.6 ° C. The warmest month is July (29 ° C), coldest month of January with mean values of 16.4 ° C. The maximum water temperature is 29 ° C. Comfortable bathing is possible at these temperatures. All months have a water temperature of at least 17 ° C. Bathing is then possible to a limited extent. All except January, February and March have a water temperature of at least 21 ° C and are therefore suitable for a beach holiday.
The annual precipitation is 2382 mm on 142 days with precipitation. For comparison: In Munich, 967 mm, in Berlin 570 mm, precipitation is measured annually. The months of April, May, June, July, August and September are considered the rainy season, as more than 175 mm of precipitation can be expected per month. In total, around 2012.6 mm of precipitation can be expected in the rainy season. Snowfall is generally not expected in any month.
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 7.5 hours of sunshine per day. On average over the year the sun shines for 5.3 hours per day. For comparison: In Munich and Berlin, the sun shines an average of 4.7 hours per day throughout the year.
The following major cities are nearby and have a similar climate: Shenzhen and Zhuhai.
Highlights and attractions
One of the great highlights in Hong Kong is the city’s fascinating skyline, which can be admired in all its glory from the Victoria Peak viewing platform, for example. For travelers who are in Hong Kong for the first time, we recommend taking the Star Ferry through Victoria Harbor and Kowloon Bay right at the beginning of their stay. The popular tour provides a good overview and gives a first impression of the metropolis.
Not only families with children love Hong Kong Disneyland and the aquarium in Ocean Park Hong Kong. In the evening, it is worth visiting the Temple Street Night Market, which not only stocks souvenirs but also delicious delicacies. The Ladies’ Market also bears his name for a reason and has stalls with handbags, accessories and clothing for over a kilometer.
If you are looking for refuge in a more relaxing environment after hours of overstimulation, the Nan-Lian Garden in the San Po Kong district is recommended. It represents a contrast to the hustle and bustle in the hectic city. If you want to experience the “Chinese Las Vegas”, however, you can reach the casino city of Macau from Hong Kong within 60 minutes by fast ferry. In addition to gambling, Macau also has an interesting old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hong Kong weather in March, April and May
Average daily temperatures between 22 ° C and 28 ° C can be expected over the next three months. In Hong Kong, it gets warmest in May, while March is noticeably cooler.
Do you want to go on a beach holiday? The water temperatures are in March, April and May 20-27 ° C. This is good weather for a great time on the beach and in the water.
The expected rainfall is around 11 days in March, around 12 days in April and around 16 days in May.
In the period from March to May, the sun shines on average between 3 and 5 hours a day. The sunniest weather in Hong Kong is May, but March is the sunniest time.