Situated in South-central China, Hubei Province features a subtropical monsoon climate. The average temperature for a year is about 15° C (59° F). The Province has distinct four seasons with burning hot summer (June, July and August) and chilly winter (December, January and February). The hottest month, July, averaging 27-30°C and the coldest month, January, 1-5°C.
Wuhan, the capital city in Hubei Province, is known as one of the ‘four stoves’ in China because the torrid climate in summer (there are more than 20 days with the temperature above 35° C or 95° F. The mountainous districts of western Hubei, in particular Shennongjia, with their cooler summers, attract numerous visitors from Wuhan and other lowland cities.
The annual rainfall in Hubei Province is between 800-1600mm on average. Summer is the wettest month in Hubei with 300-700mm in average. Hubei’s driest season is Winter, with average rainfall at 30-190mm. The period from mid-June to mid-July is called the plum rain season in Hubei as the rainfall in this time reaches the peek in the year.
Wuhan comes into the subtropical monsoon climate with plentiful rainfall and distinctive four seasons. The lowest average temperature of the year is in January with 1℃, while the highest average temperature of the year is in July with 37.2℃. Wuhan is known as one of the Three Furnaces in China and the summer can last 135 days. During the rainy season, early summer, the rainfall is abundant, with 1050-1200 mm precipitation.
Yichang is located in a sub-tropical monsoon zone with four distinct seasons. It enjoys abundant sunshine and rainfall, and the average annual temperature is around 15℃ (59℉). June and July are the hottest months as well as the plum rain seasons; a period of unsettled weather with frequent, soaking rains. The average summer temperature is about 25℃ (95℉). Yichang's warm, moist climate makes it an ideal area for growing oranges which are harvested in August. Yichang tourism profits from its pleasant climate; however, the climate can be greatly affected by the geographic characteristics.
A farmer harvests tea in a garden in Laozhaixi Village, Xuan’en County of Enshi Tu and Miao Prefecture in Central China’s Hubei Province, Aug. 10, 2015.
Enshi Weather & Climate
Enshi bears a subtropical mountain climate distinctly influenced by monsoon. Weather there is humid and moderate all year round. The city is seldom bothered by extreme heat in midsummer and chilliness in midwinter. It is usually foggy and rainy. With complex landform and an average altitude around 1,000 meters (3,281 feet), temperature varies greatly as the height and terrain change. The annual average temperature of regions between 300-1800 meters (984-5,906 feet) above the sea level maintains around 17.4C-7.8C (63.3F-46F).
It is best to avoid traveling to Hubei Province in July and August for the sultry weather, and for Enshi, April and May are the best periods to visit.
Farmers transplant rice seedlings in the field at Shuangmiao Village of Baofeng Township in Zhushan County, central China's Hubei Province, May 5, 2013. Farmers in central and eastern China are busy with planting crops as the summer approaches.