Climate zone: The northern part of North Korea is located in the temperate climatic zone, while the southern part is subtropical.
The climate in North Korea is much more unsettled than in central Europe and offers varied seasons with deep winters and warm summers. Due to the warmer temperatures the best time for traveling is from May to September. Nearly unattractive for tourists are the cold months from November to March.
› Duration of daylight and sunshine in North Korea
hours of sunshine per day rainy days per month Precipitation in mm/day Relative humidity in % Absolute humidity in g/m³ (approx.)
Temperature records of the last 40 years
The hottest temperature measured from 1979 to December 2019 was reported by the Chunggang weather station. In July 2018 the record temperature of 40.2 °C was reported here. The hottest summer from July to September, based on all 6 weather stations in North Korea below 710 metres altitude, was recorded in 2019 with an average temperature of 23.2 °C. This average temperature will normally be measured every 4 to 6 hours, thus also including the nights. Normally, this value is 21.8 degrees Celsius. The average maximum daily temperature at that time was 28.3 °C.
The coldest day in these 40 years was reported by the weather station Chunggang. Here the temperature dropped to -38.1 °C in January 2001. Chunggang lies at an altitude of 331 meters above sea level. The coldest winter (January to March) was in 1984 with an average temperature of -4.8 °C. In North Korea, it is usual to have about 2.6 degrees more at -2.2 °C for this three-month period.