Shanghai weather in January (Shanghai Area, China)

People don't tend to visit Shanghai in January since it is known as a chilly month. The average maximum daytime temperature in Shanghai in January lies at 7.6°C (45.68°F). Usually it is the coldest month of the year. The average minimum temperature goes down to around 2.5°C (36.5°F) (often the minimum temperature is noted at night).

Rainfall during January is moderate with an average of 43mm (1.7 inches). There are generally around 10 rainy days. The sun will show itself now and again, with 112 hours of sunshine during the entire month.


Shanghai, monthly averages in January

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Min Temperature 2 °C  
Max Temperature 7 °C  
Water Temperature 10 °C *  
Chance of Rain 35%  
Precipitation 43mm  
Rainy days 11 days  
Humidity 74% *  
Sunshine 112 hrs *  

Where to stay in Shanghai

Where to go in China in January

Find out more about the weather in China in January 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 to wear in January? Bring a rain jacket in case it rains during your stay.. Also bring some warm clothes. With a water temperature of around 10.0°C (50°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 January.

Outdoor sports

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