The best times to visit Shanghai for ideal weather are
April 9th to June 10th
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.
Shanghai Travel Guide
Weather in Shanghai
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)
Shanghai Temperatures (Celsius)
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)
Shanghai Perceived Temperature (C)
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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
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.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Shanghai (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
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.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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|
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
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.