When is the best time to go to Shanghai?

When is the best time to go to Shanghai? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • The best months for good weather in Shanghai are April, May, August, September, October and November
  • On average, the warmest months are July and August
  • January is the coldest month of the year
  • The rainiest months are June and July
  • The best months for swimming are July and August

Annual weather in Shanghai

For full information about the climate and weather in Shanghai a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

January 43°F/50°F
February 45°F/52°F
March 52°F/59°F
April 61°F/68°F
May 70°F/79°F
June 76°F/83°F
July 83°F/90°F
August 85°F/90°F
September 77°F/83°F
October 68°F/76°F
November 59°F/67°F
December 47°F/54°F

Weather and climate in Shanghai

Shanghai enjoys a humid subtropical climate (without dry season and with hot summer) in accordance with the Köppen-Geiger classification. The yearly average maximum temperature in Shanghai is 70°F (ranging from 50°F in january to 90°F in august). Annual rainfall is 69.8in, with a minimum of 2.9in in january and a maximum of 12.8in in july.
  • In january the climate is very bad. The temperature rises to 50°F and you can expect to have 2.9in of rainfall/month during this period.
  • In the month of february the climate is not good. By early evening, the temperature averages 47°F and it rains in february about 4.1in.
  • In the month of march the climate is okay. It is for example 59°F as maximum temperature in march.
  • Between april and june the climate is beautiful. In average, on the morning it is 77°F and you can expect to have 11.8in of rainfall/month during this period.
  • Between the months of july and august the climate is correct. At lunchtime, it's 90°F in average and it rains in august about 9.6in.
  • In the month of september the climate is beautiful. In average, on the morning it is 77°F and it rains about 6.8in each month.
  • In october the climate is perfect. By early evening, the temperature averages 70°F and it rains about 3.3in each month.
  • In the month of november the climate is beautiful. the thermometer goes up to 67°F°C and, in november, 5 days of rain are expected.
  • In december the climate is not good. In average, on the morning it is 47°F.

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Charts: temperature and rainfall in Shanghai

In the charts below, you can see the following seasonal norms for the city of Shanghai: the minimum and maximum outdoor temperature, the risk and amount of monthly rainfall, daily average sunshine, sea temperature, and relative humidity for each month of the year.

Outside temperature

Precipitation (rainfall)

Daily sunshine hours

Sea temperature


Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Shanghai

Find out when Shanghai has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Shanghai

  • Very low season in Shanghai
    The months with the lowest number of tourists are: January and February.
  • High season in Shanghai
    The number of visitors to Shanghai is high in: March, April, May, June, July and August.
  • Peek season in Shanghai
    The largest number of tourists visiting Shanghai is during: September, October, November and December.

Figure: Visitor index for Shanghai month by month

Best time for low prices in Shanghai

Average prices of hotels in Shanghai month by month

Generally, February is the month with the lowest hotel prices in Shanghai. So this is a great time to save on your holiday! In contrast, September is statistically the most expensive month of the year for hotels.

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Average price for flights to Shanghai

A return flight between London and Shanghai is generally cheaper if you go in november ($ 1334 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 550 more for your airline ticket to Shanghai if you go in august.

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Other cities and places near Shanghai

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