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The chart above shows the best time of year to visit Shanghai, China. These are based on an analysis of weather averages such as temperature, rainfall and number of hours of sunshine. These ratings are based solely on the climate and do not take into account other factors such as accommodation prices and how busy it is likely to be.

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Shanghai weather by month

Please note our recommendations for when to visit Shanghai are based solely on the weather and do not take into accounts accommodation prices, how busy it will be and what events are on.

January

Shanghai January weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
7°C 43mm 4.8hrs 11.2hrs 9°C

The climate in Shanghai during January can be summarized as cool and reasonably dry.

Based on weather alone, this is probably a time of year to avoid going to Shanghai for your holidays. The weather is often pretty bad and not conducive to spending time outdoors.

January is in the winter in Shanghai and is typically the coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cold 7°C (45°F), whilst at night 0°C (32°F) is normal.

On average January is the driest month of the year in Shanghai with around 43mm 1.7 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 11 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 4.8 hours of sunshine per day.

Shanghai weather in January »

February

Shanghai February weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
7°C 60mm 4.5hrs 11.9hrs 7°C

February in Shanghai is generally reasonably dry with the temperature being cool.

Based on weather alone, this is probably a time of year to avoid going to Shanghai for your holidays. The weather is often pretty bad and not conducive to spending time outdoors.

February is in the winter in Shanghai and is typically the 2nd coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cold 8°C (47°F), whilst at night 1°C (34°F) is normal.

On average February is the 2nd driest month of the year in Shanghai with around 60mm 2.4 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 12 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 4.5 hours of sunshine per day.

Shanghai weather in February »

March

Shanghai March weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
11°C 84mm 4.9hrs 12.7hrs 8°C

The weather in March in Shanghai is characteristically cool and a little damp.

Based on weather alone, this is probably a time of year to avoid going to Shanghai for your holidays. The weather is often relatively bad and not conducive to spending time outdoors.

March is in the spring in Shanghai and is typically the 3rd coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cool 12°C (54°F), whilst at night 5°C (41°F) is normal.

On average March is the 3rd driest month of the year in Shanghai with around 84mm 3.3 inches of rain making it a a little damp time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 14 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 4.9 hours of sunshine per day.

Shanghai weather in March »

April

Shanghai April weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
17°C 103mm 5.6hrs 13.7hrs 11°C

Shanghai's weather in April is typically mild and damp in nature.

Based on weather alone, this is probably a time of year to avoid going to Shanghai for your holidays. The weather is often pretty bad and not conducive to spending time outdoors.

April is in the spring in Shanghai and is typically the 4th coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around 18°C (65°F), whilst at night 10°C (51°F) is normal.

On average April is the 4th driest month of the year in Shanghai with around 103mm 4 inches of rain making it a damp time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 15 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 5.6 hours of sunshine per day.

Shanghai weather in April »

May

Shanghai May weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
21°C 115mm 6.1hrs 14.6hrs 17°C

May is a damp month in Shanghai and the temperature is generally warm.

Although outside the main holiday season, there is still plenty of quite acceptable weather around this time of year. This makes it an okay time to visit Shanghai.

May is in the spring in Shanghai and is typically the 5th coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around 23°C (74°F), whilst at night 16°C (60°F) is normal.

On average May is the 5th driest month of the year in Shanghai with around 115mm 4.5 inches of rain making it a damp time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 15 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 6.1 hours of sunshine per day.

Shanghai weather in May »

June

Shanghai June weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
24°C 159mm 5.9hrs 11.2hrs 22°C

The climate in Shanghai during June can be summarized as hot, humid and wet.

Although outside the main holiday season, there is still plenty of relatively acceptable weather around this time of year. This makes it an okay time to visit Shanghai.

June is in the summer in Shanghai and is typically the 6th coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a muggy 27°C (80°F), whilst at night 20°C (68°F) is normal.

On average June is the 6th driest month of the year in Shanghai with around 159mm 6.3 inches of rain making it a wet time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 15 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 5.9 hours of sunshine per day.

Shanghai weather in June »

July

Shanghai July weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
28°C 135mm 7.8hrs 11.9hrs 26°C

July in Shanghai is generally wet with the temperature being very hot.

Based on weather alone, this is probably a time of year to avoid going to Shanghai for your holidays. The weather is often relatively bad and not conducive to spending time outdoors.

July is in the summer in Shanghai and is typically the 6th warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a steamy 31°C (89°F), whilst at night 25°C (76°F) is normal.

On average July is the 6th wettest month of the year in Shanghai with around 135mm 5.3 inches of rain making it a wet time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 12 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 7.8 hours of sunshine per day.

Shanghai weather in July »

August

Shanghai August weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
28°C 136mm 8.3hrs 12.7hrs 27°C

The weather in August in Shanghai is characteristically very hot, humid and wet.

Based on weather alone, this is probably a time of year to avoid going to Shanghai for your holidays. The weather is often pretty bad and not conducive to spending time outdoors.

August is in the summer in Shanghai and is typically the 5th warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a steamy 31°C (89°F), whilst at night 25°C (76°F) is normal.

On average August is the 5th wettest month of the year in Shanghai with around 136mm 5.3 inches of rain making it a wet time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 11 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 8.3 hours of sunshine per day.

Shanghai weather in August »

September

Shanghai September weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
24°C 152mm 6hrs 13.7hrs 25°C

Shanghai's weather in September is typically hot, humid and wet in nature.

Although outside the main holiday season, there is still plenty of reasonably acceptable weather around this time of year. This makes it an okay time to visit Shanghai.

September is in the fall / autumn in Shanghai and is typically the 4th warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a muggy 27°C (81°F), whilst at night 21°C (69°F) is normal.

On average September is the 4th wettest month of the year in Shanghai with around 152mm 6 inches of rain making it a wet time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 13 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 6 hours of sunshine per day.

Shanghai weather in September »

October

Shanghai October weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
20°C 58mm 5.8hrs 14.6hrs 22°C

October is a reasonably dry month in Shanghai and the temperature is generally warm.

It is perhaps the perfect month to visit Shanghai, with some particularly good weather at this time of year.

October is in the fall / autumn in Shanghai and is typically the 3rd warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around 22°C (72°F), whilst at night 15°C (58°F) is normal.

On average October is the 3rd wettest month of the year in Shanghai with around 58mm 2.3 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 12 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 5.8 hours of sunshine per day.

Shanghai weather in October »

November

Shanghai November weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
15°C 52mm 5.4hrs 11.2hrs 18°C

The climate in Shanghai during November can be summarized as mild and reasonably dry.

It is perhaps a good month to visit Shanghai, with some surprisingly good weather at this time of year.

November is in the fall / autumn in Shanghai and is typically the 2nd warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cool 17°C (62°F), whilst at night 9°C (48°F) is normal.

On average November is the 2nd wettest month of the year in Shanghai with around 52mm 2 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 11 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 5.4 hours of sunshine per day.

Shanghai weather in November »

December

Shanghai December weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
9°C 37mm 5.3hrs 11.9hrs 13°C

December in Shanghai is generally reasonably dry with the temperature being cool.

Although outside the main holiday season, there is still plenty of reasonably acceptable weather around this time of year. This makes it an okay time to visit Shanghai.

December is in the winter in Shanghai and is typically the warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cool 10°C (51°F), whilst at night 2°C (36°F) is normal.

On average December is the wettest month of the year in Shanghai with around 37mm 1.4 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 10 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 5.3 hours of sunshine per day.

Shanghai weather in December »

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Shanghai weather statistics
Hottest month: July 31.2°C 88.2°F
Driest month: December 37mm 1.5ins
Sunniest month: August 8.3hrs
Coldest month: January 7.2°C 45°F
Wettest month: June 159mm 6.3ins
Warmest sea: August 27.3°C 81.1°F
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