Chengguan District Climate

Due to its very high elevation, Chengguan District has a monsoon-influenced warm-summer humid continental climate that very closely borders a cool semi-arid climate and a subtropical highland climate, with very dry, frosty winters and wet, warm summers, yet the valley location protects the city from intense cold or heat and strong winds. Monthly possible sunshine ranges from 53 percent in July to 84 percent in November, and the city receives nearly 3,000 hours of sunlight annually. It is thus sometimes called the "sunlit city" by Tibetans. The rainy season is widely regarded the "best" of the year as rains come mostly at night and Lhasa(Chengguan District) is still sunny during the daytime.

Climate Graph // Weather By Month

Climate graph // Weather by Month, Lhasa

The driest month is January. There is 0 mm of precipitation in January. In August, the precipitation reaches its peak, with an average of 132 mm.

Average Temperature

average temperature, Lhasa

With an average of 15.9 °C, June is the warmest month. At -1.8 °C on average, January is the coldest month of the year.

Weather By Month // Weather Average

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. Temperature (°C) -1.8 1.1 4.4 8 12.2 15.9 15.9 15.1 13.3 8.6 3 -0.8
Min. Temperature (°C) -10.2 -6.8 -3.2 0.6 4.9 9.2 10 9.3 7.3 1.1 -5.3 -9.2
Max. Temperature (°C) 6.7 9.1 12.1 15.5 19.5 22.7 21.8 20.9 19.4 16.2 11.4 7.6
Avg. Temperature (°F) 28.8 34.0 39.9 46.4 54.0 60.6 60.6 59.2 55.9 47.5 37.4 30.6
Min. Temperature (°F) 13.6 19.8 26.2 33.1 40.8 48.6 50.0 48.7 45.1 34.0 22.5 15.4
Max. Temperature (°F) 44.1 48.4 53.8 59.9 67.1 72.9 71.2 69.6 66.9 61.2 52.5 45.7
Precipitation / Rainfall (mm) 0 1 2 7 25 76 125 132 58 9 2 1

The precipitation varies 132 mm between the driest month and the wettest month. The variation in annual temperature is around 17.7 °C.

Best Time to Visit

Generally, tourists can visit Chengguan District(Lhasa) all the year round. The period from April to October is the best time to travel to Chengguan District(Lhasa) and the peak season is from May to September. During that period, the climate in Lhasa is warm and humid. Lhasa is regarded as "Sunlight City " with a long duration of sunshine throughout the year. If you want to visit Chengguan District(Lhasa) during summer and fall, you can visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Monastery as well as Drepung Monastery in the daytime and explore the strong and mysterious Tibetan culture. In the event that you arrive at Lhasa just during the Shoton Festival, you can enjoy the discount off the normal admission price in Lhasa. Moreover, it is the best time to experience the plateau thermal spring and to climb the snow mountain.

What to Pack

Despite the amount of sunlight in Chengguan district Tibet, the daily difference in temperature is still large. It is kind of cold at night even if it is sunny in the daytime. Most hotels in Tibet have no central heating. Bringing warm clothes and shoes is therefore a wise choice. Generally, long-sleeve T-shirt, overcoat and jeans are also indispensable. To avoid being hurt burnt by the strong ultraviolet lights in this high-altitude area, it is suggested that you can bring sunhats, sunglasses, sun cream and other sunscreen products. What's more, for it is usually windy and dry here, a protective lipstick is also necessary. Sun glasses is absolutely necessary for all seasons to protect your eyes from the ultraviolet radiation and glisten of the snow. 

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