Urumqi, China: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Urumqi, China? If you're planning to go to Urumqi, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Urumqi, China

Based on the climate and weather in Urumqi, the best time to go is September. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Urumqi, China by month

January

January in Urumqi can be bitter cold and very snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

It snows about half of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thick pajamas
  • High performance gloves
  • Insulated boots
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Waterproof boots
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Neck gaiter
  • Waterproof coat
  • Umbrella
  • Coveralls
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Thermal undergarments

February

If you go to Urumqi in February, you will notice that it is beyond freezing and very snowy. Expect it to snow about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • High performance gloves
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Neck gaiter
  • Umbrella
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Insulated boots
  • Waterproof coat
  • Coveralls
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Waterproof boots
  • Thick pajamas
  • Fleece for under jacket

March

March is very cold and somewhat snowy. Temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) during the day. It snows about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof coat
  • Heavy jacket
  • Umbrella
  • Heavy socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof boots
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Sweaters
  • Gloves or mittens

April

April in Urumqi is crisp and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 40s F (single digits C), with a few days below 32 F (single digits C).

It tends to rain 5-10 days this month. With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 30% to 40% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Pants or jeans
  • Dresses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Standard footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Long skirts

May

If you are traveling to Urumqi in May, you will notice that it is balmy, somewhat rainy and very dry. Expect it to rain about a third of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts or short pants
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses

June

June in this region is warm, somewhat rainy and very dry. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella

July

In July, Urumqi is hot, somewhat rainy and very dry. Temperatures routinely are in the 80s F (high 20s C) and 5-10 days this month jump into the low 90s F (low 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 60s F (high 10s C).

This is also a rainy time for Urumqi, with several of the days of the month having rain. In July, humidity reaches as high as 30%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat

August

If you go to Urumqi in August, you will notice that it is pretty consistently hot, somewhat rainy and very dry. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Light footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Skirts

September

If you vacation in Urumqi during September, you are likely to find that it is balmy, somewhat rainy and very dry. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Light footwear
  • Sandals

October

October is cold. Temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time and snows sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces
  • Standard footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear

November

If you go to Urumqi in November, you will notice that it is freezing and somewhat snowy. Expect it to snow about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof coat
  • Heavy socks
  • Sweaters
  • Heavy jacket
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Waterproof boots
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella

December

In December, Urumqi can be dangerously cold and very snowy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C) range. At night, lows are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

This is also a rainy time for Urumqi, with of the days of the month having rain. In December, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Insulated boots
  • Neck gaiter
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Coveralls
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof coat
  • High performance gloves
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Thick pajamas
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Waterproof boots

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Urumqi, China

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Urumqi, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types A, C and I
  • A SIM card that works in Urumqi
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Pickpocketing is an issue, so wear a money belt or neck pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear

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