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When to visit North Korea

Due to its location,North Korea experiences a continental climate similar to the United States but with a few differences in the length and severity of the seasons.

The winters in North Korea, from December to February, are influenced by the winds that blow to the country from Siberia. Winters are long and cold, with Pyongyang having an average high and low temperature of 3° C (37 °F) and -13° C (9 °F). The winter is particularly harsh and bitterly cold in the northern, mountainous regions of the country.

Summer, on the other hand, comes from June to August and tends to be short but hot. This season is also rainy, influenced by the southern winds coming from thePacific Ocean. Most of the rainfall (around 60%) occurs between June and September. The average high and low temperatures inPyongyangduring this season are 29 °C (84 °F) and 20 °C (68 °F).

Because of the extreme climates present in North Korea, visitors plan their visit according to the weather that they wish to experience. However, the restrictions imposed by the government may give you no choice in the time of the year that you will be going into North Korea. Plan your outfits accordingly, to avoid any inconveniences.