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Shanghai Weather & Best Time to Travel

Shanghai has a pleasant northern subtropical maritime monsoon climate. It enjoys four distinct seasons, a pleasant warm spring, a hot rainy summer, a comfortable cool autumn and an overcast cold winter. The annual average temperature is about 18 °C.

When planning a Shanghai trip, you’d better have a look at Shanghai weather, temperature, seasons and suggested best times to travel. Also, check the latest weather forecast of Shanghai before you start your Shanghai tour.

Shanghai Climate, Temperature & Four Seasons

The spring in Shanghai is from March to May. Temperatures are mild and pleasant with an average temperature of 13 °C. If visit in Shanghai in spring, you need to bring loose, layered clothing and an umbrella.

Summer in Shanghai is hot and humid. The average temperature of this season is in the 27 °C - 30 °C range. It is also the wettest season. If you want to travel Shanghai in this season, take a hat, sunglasses and plenty of changes of lightweight cotton clothing.

September, October and November belong to the autumn in Shanghai. It is very pleasant and comfortable during this season with an average temperature of 13 °C. If visit Shanghai in autumn, bring a cover-up, jacket for the cooler evenings.

December, January and February are the winter months of Shanghai. It is with daily high temperature of 4-6°C.

The Bund of Shanghai

The Bund of Shanghai

Best Time to Visit Shanghai

Shanghai is a city can be visited all the year around. Among all the seasons and months, spring from March to May and autumn from September to November can be listed as the best times to travel Shanghai.

Apart from the weather and season, you need to consider Chinese traditional festivals and holiday. Try to avoid Chine Spring Festival and Chinese National Day if you don’t want to join the crowds.

Yu Garden

Yu Garden in Shanghai


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