North Korea Climatic Classifications

CodeDescriptionGroupNumber of states/regionsStates/regions
DwaHumid continental, severe dry winter, hot summerCold (continental)5 North Hwanghae North Pyongan Pyongyang South Hwanghae South Pyongan
DwbHumid continental, severe dry winter, warm summerCold (continental)4 Chagang Kangwon North Hamgyong Rason
DfbHumid continental, no dry season, warm summerCold (continental)1 South Hamgyong
DwcSubartic, dry winter, cool summerCold (continental)1 Ryanggang

Summary: Most regions (5) in North Korea lie in the Humid continental, severe dry winter, hot summer climate zone (Köppen: Dwa). The mean average of annual temperatures range from a high of 12.31°C (54.16°F) in South Hwanghae to a low of 3.15°C (37.67°F) in Ryanggang.

Climate North Korea: Weather By Month

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepNovOctDecYear
Record high °C (°F)-0.3(31.46)2.34(36.21)8.83(47.89)16.0(60.8)22.23(72.01)26.8(80.24)28.1(82.58)28.23(82.81)24.1(75.38)18.14(64.65)10.14(50.25)1.67(35.01)28.23(82.81)
Average high °C (°F)-4.29(24.28)-1.2(29.84)5.6(42.08)12.78(55.0)18.97(66.15)23.28(73.9)25.59(78.06)25.97(78.75)21.63(70.93)15.12(59.22)6.36(43.45)-2.51(27.48)12.28(54.1)
Daily mean °C (°F)-7.4(18.68)-4.44(24.01)2.47(36.45)9.48(49.06)15.68(60.22)20.28(68.5)23.09(73.56)23.35(74.03)18.4(65.12)11.64(52.95)3.61(38.5)-5.16(22.71)9.25(48.65)
Average low °C (°F)-11.23(11.79)-8.72(16.3)-2.54(27.43)3.57(38.43)9.14(48.45)13.78(56.8)18.02(64.44)18.3(64.94)12.86(55.15)6.7(44.06)-0.12(31.78)-8.66(16.41)4.26(39.67)
Record low °C (°F)-22.68(-8.82)-20.58(-5.04)-12.88(8.82)-3.07(26.47)3.72(38.7)7.72(45.9)11.91(53.44)11.0(51.8)4.63(40.33)-1.42(29.44)-9.25(15.35)-19.95(-3.91)-22.68(-8.82)
Average precipitation mm (inches)8.6(0.34)15.17(0.6)19.01(0.75)29.61(1.17)52.92(2.08)55.81(2.2)121.2(4.77)148.74(5.86)73.82(2.91)20.92(0.82)33.97(1.34)14.06(0.55)49.49(1.95)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm)1.522.793.735.557.238.9313.4913.396.544.125.53.256.34
Average relative humidity (%)70.4168.1262.6358.2868.2675.8483.4383.2376.8167.0365.6667.3670.59
Mean monthly sunshine hours7.639.0410.3511.9813.1813.3912.4712.2310.778.837.427.4810.4

North Korea Climate Graph

North Korea

North Korea’s Cities by Temperature

North Korea’s states/regions ranking by average yearly temperature:

South Hwanghae
12.31°C | 54.16°F
Pyongyang
11.52°C | 52.74°F
South Pyongan
11.52°C | 52.74°F
South Hamgyong
10.82°C | 51.48°F
North Hwanghae
10.63°C | 51.13°F
Kangwon
10.47°C | 50.85°F
North Pyongan
9.07°C | 48.33°F
North Hamgyong
8.29°C | 46.92°F
Rason
8.0°C | 46.4°F
Chagang
5.97°C | 42.75°F
Ryanggang
3.15°C | 37.67°F

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