Shanghai weather in January (Shanghai Area, China)

What can you expect from the weather in Shanghai during January? Wondering if it's an optimal time for a visit? This page provides detailed information on the weather conditions for that month.

In January, Shanghai generally has low temperatures and moderate rainfall. January falls within the winter season. Throughout the day, temperatures typically settle at around 48°F (show in °C). But by evening, they drop to around 37°F. On average, January has the most moderate temperatures of the year.

Shanghai in January usually receives moderate rainfall, averaging around 2.6 inches (show in mm) for the month. Rain is expected on roughly 11 days.

The city usually sees around 112 hours of sunlight, indicating a moderately sunny period.

If you prefer dry days with pleasant temperatures, January may not be the ideal month to visit Shanghai. October typically offers the most optimal weather. In contrast, January and June tend to have less optimal conditions.

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


Shanghai, monthly averages in January

Show in Celsius
Min Temperature 37°F  
Max Temperature 48.2°F  
Water Temperature 50°F  
Chance of Rain 35%  
Precipitation 2.6 inches  
Rainy days 11 days  
Humidity 74%  
Windspeed 7 mph  
Sunshine 112 hours  
Percentage Sunshine  

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 should you wear in Shanghai in January?

Wear a base layer in cold weather; this is the #1 thing you can do to increase your overall body temperature. With a water temperature of around 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

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.