SUMMER – June, July, August
Summers in Shanghai can be extremely hot and muggy. Temperatures during this time can range from 80-105 degrees Fahrenheit. They are pretty unrelenting and it is recommended to try to plan your travel in the more moderate shouldering months if possible. One thing to note is that there is not a lot of direct sunlight during this time due to the pollution in the city and there is also rain that will occur during this time which adds to the mugginess. This being said, the dress code in Shanghai still remains on the more modest side, with not a lot of shorts and tank tops to be seen. We recommend that you invest in some flowing short-sleeved shirts or blouses and light linen pants for this time that will help keep you cool and covered.
FALL – September, October, November
Fall temperatures start to drop and things tend to cool down a bit which makes it much more enjoyable to use public transportation and walk around the city. Temperatures range between 60-80 degrees during this time. There is still some rainfall during this time and the evenings can dip down to the 50s, especially as you get closer to November. We suggest a similar dress code to summer here, just accompanied by a jacket that can be put on or taken off. Dress slacks with longer-sleeved blouses and dress shirts for the evenings are recommended as well as the temperatures have a wider range during this time.
WINTER – December, January, February
Temperaturs in the winter in Shanghai can drop significantly and are occasionally below freezing. The average temperatures range from 35- 50 degrees and there is the lowest rainfall of the year during this time. We suggest layers for this time of year, as you will be in and out of establishments and the temperature will vary greatly from that outside. A nice jacket is a great option for this time of year as well as pants and boots for walking around the city.
SPRING – March, April, May
Spring is a more moderate season with temperatures ranging from 45-75 degrees depending on if you are there more towards winter or towards summer. During this time we recommend similar clothing options to fall, with layers and a mix of comfortable linen pants, dress slacks, and black pants with a mix of nicer short and long-sleeved shirts and light jackets.