Shanghai Weather and Climate
With a pleasant northern subtropical maritime monsoon climate, Shanghai enjoys four distinct seasons, generous sunshine and abundant rainfall. Its spring and autumn are relatively short compared with summer and winter. The average annual temperature is 16°C. The city is frost-free for up to 230 days a year, and receives an average annual rainfall of 1,200 mm.
Shanghai 5 Day Weather Forecast
Shanghai Weather by Month
Tips for Travelers
Shanghai winter temperatures can drop below zero (Celsius) from late January to mid-February and views may be gray and misty. Spring brings warmth from April to mid-May. Autumn is from late September to mid-November, which can be very cool.
In summer the hot and humid weather makes outdoor conditions uncomfortable, with temperatures sometimes reaching 40°C (104°F) in July and August, and lasting up to 10 days. Highest rainfall is between May and September which accounts for 70% of the annual rainfall. There are many rainy days between the middle of June and the middle of July and heavy rain and thunderstorms can be expected from late August to mid-September.
In short, silk long johns and down jackets are needed in winter, an ice block for each armpit in summer and an umbrella wouldn't go astray in either of these seasons.
Long Pants with long sleeves T-Shirt or a thin jacket are appropriate to wear in this season, and keep your body warm.
Water and umbralla is necessary when you go out for travel, it is coming to the rainy season, protect yourself if raining, if too much walking and climbing, drink enough water can be avoid heatstroke.
Best Time to Travel
Spring and autumn are the best seasons to travel to Shanghai.
Between March and May Shanghai is warm and comfortable for spring outings, the trees are green and flowers bursting into bloom. Long-sleeved T-shirts, a thin overcoat and sweater will be enough. Our 4-Day Shanghai Memories plus Zhujiajiao Town is very popular at this time which combines the essence of Shanghai and shows the best of the Zhujiajiao Water Town of the year. Suzhou and Hangzhou are also the best destinations to travel to as the cities boasts overwhelming spring scenery.
Autumn (September to November) is another good time to visit, perfect to enjoy the annual crab season against the golden backdrop of autumn colors. Our best seller Essence of Shanghai Tour show you the best of the city in just 3 days while side trips to Huangshan and Hongcun Village to enjoy its autumn foliage are best recommended.