Shanghai Weather, Best Time to Visit Shanghai

Written by Sally Guo Updated Oct. 31, 2023

Shanghai's weather is characterized by hot and humid summers, mild and pleasant autumns and springs, and chilly winters with occasional rain.

July and August are the hottest months, with temperatures often reaching to high 33℃ (90℉). Humidity levels can be quite high during this time, making it feel even warmer.

The coldest month in Shanghai is January, the temperature can drop to around 0°C (32°F). While snow is uncommon, the air can feel damp and cold.

The rainy season is typically from June to July, with frequent downpours and occasional thunderstorms. The high temperature and humidity during this time can cause mold to grow on things.

Shanghai Weather Forecast

The Best Time to Visit Shanghai

The best time to visit Shanghai for pleasant weather is during spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October). Spring offers blooming scenery, while autumn provides mild temperatures and colorful scenery.

Winter (December to February) is the low travel season in Shanghai because of the chilly weather. However, visiting Shanghai during this time has its advantages – hotel prices are lower, and tourist attractions are less crowded except for late December because of the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

To make the most of your Shanghai trip, consider avoiding Chinese public holidays like Labor Day (early May), National Day (early October), and Chinese New Year (late January to early February).

shanghai average temperature and rainfall chart

Visit Shanghai in Spring (March, April, May)

Spring (March to May) marks the beginning of the warming trend. Temperatures gradually rise, and the city comes to life with blooming flowers and trees.

During this time, Shanghai weather is pleasantly mild, with temperatures ranging from 10℃ to 21℃ (50℉ to 70℉).

Here are some tips for visiting Shanghai in spring.

Zhujiajiao Water Town
Zhujiajiao Water Town

Visit Shanghai in the Summer (June, July, and August)

Summer (June to August) in Shanghai is hot and humid, with temperatures often soaring to 30℃ (86℉) or higher.

During the mid-June to mid-July period, you'll experience the "plum rain season" which lasts almost a month. Be ready for frequent heavy rains and high humidity.

From August to mid-September, it's the typhoon season, which might bring thunderstorms and cooler weather.

Here are some tips for visiting Shanghai in the summer.

Visit Shanghai in Autumn (September, October, November)

Autumn (September to November) brings relief from the summer heat, with temperatures ranging from 14℃ to 25℃ (57℉ to 77℉). It's the most comfortable time to visit Shanghai. The air is less humid, making outdoor activities enjoyable.

Here are some tips for visiting Shanghai in autumn.

The Bund
Doing Taichi on the Bund

Visit Shanghai in Winter (December, January, February)

Winter (December to February) is the coldest season, with temperatures dipping to around 2℃ to 7℃ (36℉ to 45℉). While it rarely snows, the air can be quite damp and chilly.

Here are some tips for visiting Shanghai in winter.

Chinese New Year typically falls in late January or February. It's the most important traditional festival in China.

During this festive season, Shanghai hosts various events where you can immerse yourself in authentic Chinese customs. These include the New Year's Eve countdown at the Bund and the Temple Fair in the City God Temple area, which marks the return of spring around the time of the Lantern Festival. 

Shanghai Weather by Month

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