The best times to visit Shanghai for ideal weather are

April 9th to June 10th

or

October 1st to November 11th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

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Shanghai Travel Guide

  • Safety
  • The busiest and least popular months
  • Overall travel experience by time of year
  • Weather in Shanghai

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in Shanghai vary somewhat and are temperate for much of the year. The area is in the top 32 percent of tourist destinations for pleasant weather. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Shanghai, the hottest months are July, August, and then September. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 70.2°F (21.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 60.7°F (15.9°C) at night.

    Shanghai Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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    Shanghai Temperatures (Celsius)

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    “Feels-Like” Temperatures

    The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

    Shanghai Perceived Temperature (F)

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    Shanghai Perceived Temperature (C)

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    Average Shanghai Temperatures by Month

    Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

    Show Fahrenheit

    Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
    Jan 46.6 40.8 34.3
    Feb 49.9 44.3 38.4
    Mar 58.3 51.4 44.5
    Apr 68.1 60.6 53
    May 78.6 71 63.9
    Jun 81.9 76.2 71.5
    Jul 91.7 85 79.3
    Aug 90.1 83.9 78.9
    Sep 82.5 76.9 71.9
    Oct 74.2 68.1 61.7
    Nov 62.9 56.9 49.9
    Dec 51 44.8 37.7

    Show Celsius

    Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan 8.1 4.9 1.3
    Feb 9.9 6.8 3.6
    Mar 14.6 10.8 6.9
    Apr 20.1 15.9 11.7
    May 25.9 21.7 17.7
    Jun 27.7 24.6 21.9
    Jul 33.2 29.4 26.3
    Aug 32.3 28.8 26.1
    Sep 28.1 24.9 22.2
    Oct 23.4 20.1 16.5
    Nov 17.2 13.8 9.9
    Dec 10.6 7.1 3.2

     

    Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

    If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of precipitation in Shanghai are June, August, and then February. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid-October. For example, on the week of October 15th there are only 0.3 days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late June with an average of 2.4 days with significant precipitation the week of June 25th.

    When can you find snow in Shanghai? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

    Chance of Precipitation

    The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Shanghai.

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    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

    The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Shanghai (in).

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    Snow depth

    Average Rain and Snow by Month

    Show Inches

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
    Jan 15.7 0 0.03
    Feb 22.9 0 0.06
    Mar 21.4 0 0.06
    Apr 20 0 0.06
    May 17.1 0 0.05
    Jun 27.1 0 0.16
    Jul 21.4 0 0.1
    Aug 24.3 0 0.15
    Sep 18.6 0 0.07
    Oct 12.9 0 0.06
    Nov 17.1 0 0.04
    Dec 14.3 0 0.04

    Show Centimeters

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan 15.7 0 0.08
    Feb 22.9 0 0.15
    Mar 21.4 0 0.15
    Apr 20 0 0.15
    May 17.1 0 0.13
    Jun 27.1 0 0.41
    Jul 21.4 0 0.25
    Aug 24.3 0 0.38
    Sep 18.6 0 0.18
    Oct 12.9 0 0.15
    Nov 17.1 0 0.1
    Dec 14.3 0 0.1

     

    Humidity and Wind

    Shanghai has slightly low to average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is December (54.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (72.1%).

    Wind in Shanghai is usually moderate. The windiest month is March, followed by August and April. March’s average wind speed of around 7 knots (8.1 MPH or 13 KPH) is considered “gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early-to-mid-August where average top sustained speeds reach 12.3 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

    Relative Humidity (%)

    The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Shanghai.

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    Avg. Relative Humidity

    Wind

    The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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    Max Sustained Wind
    Average Daily Wind

    Average Wind Speeds

    Show Wind Speeds

    All wind speeds are in knots.

    Month Avg. Wind Meaning (Beaufort) Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind Meaning (Beufort)
    Jan 6.1 a light breeze 10 a gentle breeze
    Feb 6.5 a light breeze 10.5 a gentle breeze
    Mar 7 a gentle breeze 11.4 a gentle breeze
    Apr 7 a gentle breeze 11.5 a moderate breeze
    May 6.9 a light breeze 11 a gentle breeze
    Jun 6.1 a light breeze 10 a gentle breeze
    Jul 6.9 a light breeze 11.2 a gentle breeze
    Aug 7 a gentle breeze 11.3 a moderate breeze
    Sep 6.6 a light breeze 10.5 a gentle breeze
    Oct 6 a light breeze 10.2 a gentle breeze
    Nov 5.9 a light breeze 10 a gentle breeze
    Dec 6.2 a light breeze 10.5 a gentle breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    Month Avg. Relative Humidity
    Jan 57.4
    Feb 62.9
    Mar 56.5
    Apr 55.7
    May 56.7
    Jun 72.1
    Jul 65.4
    Aug 68
    Sep 66.1
    Oct 59.1
    Nov 60.8
    Dec 54.9

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to Shanghai?

    As of 6/2/2017 there are travel warnings for China; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories.
     

    The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

    The busiest month for tourism in Shanghai, China is March, followed by June and October. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Shanghai in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

    Estimated Tourism by Month

     

    Most Popular Months to Visit

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    Tourists Seeking Accommodations

    Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 54.1 in December means 54.1% of the tourists vs. March.

    Overall Shanghai Travel Experience by Season

    Spring (March through May)

    Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 59.6°F (15.3°C) and 38.8°F (3.8°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 7 days of precipitation per month. Spring is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

    Summer (June through August)

    The middle-year months have hot weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 7 to 8 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Shanghai, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.

    Fall (September through November)

    Fall daily highs range from 63.1°F (17.3°C) and 43.5°F (6.4°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 6 days per month. Tourism is busy during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be slightly higher priced.

    Winter (December through February)

    Weather is too cold this time of year in Shanghai to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 40.7°F (4.8°C) and 34.2°F (1.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a noticeable amount: 4 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

     

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