The best times to visit Shanghai for ideal weather are
April 9th to June 17th
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 drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice some of the year, but often too hot in the summer and cold in the winter with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 31st percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. 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 93.2°F (34°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 80.6°F (27°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 significant precipitation in Shanghai are October, December, and then January. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid October. For example, on the week of October 15th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late June with an average of 3 days of 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.
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 some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is December (55.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (72.2%).
Wind in Shanghai is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by August and March. April’s average wind speed of around 6.1 knots (7 MPH or 11.3 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid May where average top sustained speeds reach 10 knots, which is considered a gentle 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. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||5.2||Light breeze||8.2||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||5.6||Light breeze||8.7||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||6||Light breeze||9.4||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||6.1||Light breeze||9.5||Gentle breeze|
|May||6||Light breeze||9.3||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||5.4||Light breeze||8.4||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||5.9||Light breeze||9.2||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||6.1||Light breeze||9.4||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||5.7||Light breeze||8.8||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||5.1||Light breeze||8.3||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||5||Light breeze||8.1||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||5.3||Light breeze||8.6||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Shanghai?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Jan 18, 2018 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 79.2°F (26.2°C) and 51.7°F (10.9°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 6 to 9 days of significant 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 very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the most precipitation with 8 to 10 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 83.6°F (28.7°C) and 57.9°F (14.4°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 8 days per month. Tourism is the second busiest 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 54.3°F (12.4°C) and 45.5°F (7.5°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 8 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.