The climate of Ningbo is temperate, with relatively cold winters, and hot, muggy and rainy summers. Ningbo is a metropolis located in eastern China, in the Zhejiang Province, on the East China Sea coast, south of the Hangzhou Bay and a short distance from the Zhoushan archipelago. 150 km (95 mi) north of the city we find Shanghai.
Here are the average temperatures.
Ningbo - Average temperatures
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Min (°C)2361117212525211594
Max (°C)91014202528333228231812
Min (°F)363743526370777770594839
Max (°F)485057687782919082736454

Rainfall is quite abundant, and amounts to 1,400 millimeters (57 inches) per year; there is no really dry season, however, the rains fall below 100 mm (4 in) per month from October to February. Summer, when the rains occur mainly in the form of showers or thunderstorms, is the rainiest season, especially in June, when the sun is rarer as well. Here is the average rainfall.
Ningbo - Average precipitation
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Prec.(mm)65751301151302051751651759065501445
Prec.(in)2,635,14,55,18,16,96,56,93,52,6256,9
Days1312171515161314141098158

The winter, from December to February, is quite cold: the average January temperature is 5 °C (41 °F). There may be cold periods, with highs around 5 °C (41 °F) or below, and even with possibile light snowfalls. In other periods instead the temperatures become mild (around 15 °C or 59 °F). Sunny days are a bit more frequent in December, then they become rarer.

The spring, from March to May, is initially mild, and becomes gradually warmer. In May there are already some hot, summer-like days.

The summer, from June to September, is hot and muggy. The heat island effect of the big city and the humidity make the heat annoying, especially in July and August. Fortunately, the breeze blows from the sea. June is the rainiest month of the year. The periods of good weather can be sweltering, especially in July and August, with highs around 37/38 °C (99/100 °F) or more, and tropical nights.

The autumn, in October and November, is initially mild, and gradually becomes cooler, and then quite cold at night by November. Rainfall is moderate.

Tianfeng tower

The amount of sunshine in Ningbo is not very good; however, it is slightly better than on other Chinese cities located at a greater distance from the coast; in July and August it si decent, while it is poorer from January to June.
Ningbo - Sunshine
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Hours444555886555

Near Ningbo, the sea (East China Sea), cold in winter, becomes warm enough for swimming from July to September; in June and October it is a bit cool but basically acceptable.
Ningbo - Sea temperature
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp (°C)121011141923272826232015
Temp (°F)545052576673818279736859

From time to time, from June to early November, typhoons, the tropical cyclones of Southeast Asia, can affect this area, though less so than in southern China.

When to go


It is not easy to find the best time to visit Ningbo. As the spring is more rainy, you can choose autumn, especially from the end of September to the beginning of November, which is generally mild or pleasantly warm; it must be said that the arrival of a typhoon can not be excluded.