Shanghai weather in December (Shanghai Area, China)

What can you expect from the weather in Shanghai during December? Here's what the weather might have in store during this month.

In December, Shanghai generally has low temperatures and moderate rainfall. December falls within the winter season. Daytime temperatures hover around 53°F (show in °C), while nights can cool down to about 41°F.

Shanghai in December usually receives moderate rainfall, averaging around 1.8 inches (show in mm) for the month. It's the month with the least rainfall. Whether you're keen on hiking, outdoor festivals, or just enjoying a walk in the park, this month provides a reliably dry backdrop for all your plans. Rain is expected on roughly 10 days.

The area experiences a moderate amount of sunshine, with approximately 128 hours of sunlight expected. This makes it neither too gloomy nor overly bright.

Should you favor a climate that's both dry and comfortably warm October typically offers the most agreeable circumstances. On the other hand, January and June tend to be characterized by conditions that may not be as optimal.

For an in-depth look at the yearly conditions, visit our specialized Shanghai climate page with graphs.


Shanghai, monthly averages in December

Show in Celsius
Min Temperature 41.4°F  
Max Temperature 53.4°F  
Water Temperature 55°F  
Chance of Rain 34%  
Precipitation 1.8 inches  
Rainy days 10 days  
Humidity 71%  
Windspeed 4 mph  
Sunshine 128 hours  
Percentage Sunshine  

Where to go in China in December

Find out more about the weather in China in December and which places have the best weather conditions in this month.

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Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20-29ºC / 68-84ºF and not too much precipitation (less than 90mm / 3.5inches a month).

So, what should you wear in Shanghai in December?

Plan on layering your clothes. Some days or part of the day it will be nice and warm and some moments it can be a bit chilly. Bring a rain jacket in case it rains during your stay. With a water temperature of around 55°F there is no need to bring your swimwear.

What To Do

We rated the following activities from 1 (least suitable) to 10 (best) to do in December.

Outdoor sports

Interested in more climate information?

Weather and Climate provides you with all the information you need about the climate in Shanghai.

Our site offers climate and forecast data for every country in the world. Are you going to China? On this website you can find historical weather averages for many cities in China. Not sure yet where to go? We now have a tool which recommends destinations that suit your ideal climate conditions. Find out where to go with our weather planner.