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Tibet Weather in Summer

Every year, from the end of May, Tibet begins to enter the best season for tourists. The peak season will last from May to October. For those who fear the hot summer, Tibet is certainly the best choice for you to avoid the summer heat.

The highest temperature of summer here generally does not exceed 30 degrees Celsius. There are snow-capped mountains and subtropical climate area, and well-preserved virgin forests landscape like "Natural Museum" and "Natural Green Gene Bank". There is also the world's highest and the deepest Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon. There are vast expanse of grasslands, as well as the lovely Tibetan antelope, wild yak and other national rare wild animals.

Tibet Weather in Summer

Summer in Tibet is very comfortable. The sky is blue and the cloud is white, and temperature is moderate. While the sun is burning, but the body is comfortable. This sentence seems like contradictory, but it is a true reflection of the climate in Tibet. The sunlight is certainly powerful, but as the air is dry, if you can avoid the strong sunlight, the body will have a sense of appropriate comfort, not as hot and humid as inland provinces. Therefore, most of the tourists choose to travel to Tibet in summer.
There is a big gap of temperature between day and night, which is almost 14 to 16 degrees celsius. The weather is cool in the morning, hot in the aftertnoon, and it's going to be cool again at dust. During midnight, the temperature drops fast, as if it's already winter. But it's going to be warm when the sun comes out. 

Climate Data Table for Tibet in Summer (Jun. – Aug.)
Temperature (Celsius)
Rainfall (cm)
Days of Rainfall

Rain Season

The rain season in Tibet is from May to September, ends at the end of September or the beginning of October. Night rain is the most obvious characteristic of the weather in Tibet. Usually the rainfall center moves from southeast to northwest. 
There is little possibility to rain in the day time, because it is generally sunny, rain usually falls at night, heavy rain accompanied with lightening and thounder. No matter how heavy the rain is at night, it's going to be sunny again when the sun is up. This happens everyday during the rain season.

Take Lhasa as an example, Lhasa enjoys the reputation of a “Sunshine City” because of the annual sunshine time, which reaches 3,000 hours. The air in Lhasa is low in oxygen, necessitating a short period of acclimatization upon arrival, particularly for air travelers. The climate of the city is mild, without severely cold winter or hot summer. The annual average temperature is about 8 degrees Celsius, with a significant variation in temperature between day and night. Night rain comes each day in Lahsa, washing away the heat and the dust from the whole sunny day.
Summer and autumn are the most comfortable seasons in Lhasa, from March to October. The climate becomes mild and humid, making it the best season for traveling in Tibet.

Tips for Taveling in Summer

1. All kinds of clothes you may wear in summer are available to wear in Tibet. But it's better to prepare some long-sleeve clothes to keep you warm since it may be cold at night.

2. Take sunscreen with you which can offer you UV protection. Or you can wear hats and sunglasses in order to protect yourself from the sunburn.
3. Get ready for the rain gears. Even though it's sunny during the daytime in the rainy season, the rain usually falls in the evening

4. Drink more water and try to eat some fresh fruits and vegetables to help you adjust yourself well on the plateau.  

Tibet's summer weather will not be very hot during the day. In the evening, the temperature is a little bit low. In general, Tibet in summer is not too hot, nor too cold, it's even cooler than some of the cities in China. Leaving the plateau environment factor, Tibet is the most suitable place to spend your summer holidays.

Recommended Summer Tour: 15 Days Highland Train Tour to Tibet (Beijing-Xian-Xining-Lhasa-Shigatse-Shanghai)