Harbin experiences a monsoon-affected humid continental climate. The weather is influenced by the Siberian High. Harbin is nicknamed ‘The Ice City’ for its freezing cold winters.
Summer (June – August) : Summers are mild with a daily mean ranging around 23.0 °C.
Winter (December– February) : Winters in Harbin are extremely cold with temperatures dropping down to -13°C on an average and sometimes, even lower.
Spring (March – May) : Springs are short and the weather sees a transition between the hot and cold seasons. The temperatures range in between 2°C and 7°C on an average.
Autumn (September – November) : The weather in autumns is almost similar to that of springs and there are a rapid change in temperatures, ranging from -6°C to 12°C
The best time to visit Harbin is during winter. The temperatures drop below freezing point between December and February, enabling the tourists to involve in ice sports and many other things to do. However, the city is also on the itineraries of a number of tourists in the months of April-May as it is also a good summer resort.