Baotou features a cold semi-arid climate. Due to the aridity and elevation, temperature differences between day and night can be large, especially in spring.
Summer is hot, somewhat humid and blows strong winds. Temperatures often rise above 30 °C (86 °F) in summer.
Autumn (September to October) is perhaps the most attractive season in Baotou, when there is plenty of sunshine and cooler temperatures. Autumn is a harvest season, when fruits and vegetables are ripe.
Winter is long, cold and very dry. Temperatures often fall below −15 °C (5 °F) in winter.