Shanghai Weather in March

Weather: It is windy in early spring, but warms up gradually. The average high and low temperatures are 12 °C (54 °F) and 5 °C (41 °F).

Clothing: Sweaters and overcoats are needed, but also bring thin sweaters and long-sleeve T-shirts in case it gets warmer during the day.

Things to Do

上海国际金融中心Shanghai World Financial Center

March is a good time to stay indoors in blustery Shanghai, but it is also a good time to see flowers begin to bloom in the hills and parks.

Tour and shop at the Shanghai World Financial Center: Until the Shanghai Tower opens in 2014, it is the highest building in Shanghai. For sightseeing, there is an observation deck on the 100th floor at 474 meters (1,555 feet). You can also see the nearby 88-story Jin Mao Tower. These three skyscrapers sit in a cluster next to the Pudong River in the Lujiazui financial district.

  • Tallest building in China (2013)
  • 1,614 feet (492 meters), 101 floors
  • 100th floor observation deck

There is a mall at ground level for shopping and dining. For wealthy tourists, there is a Hyatt Regency luxury hotel. You'll find bars and restaurants in the Hyatt Regency between floors 79 to 93.

See the peach blossoms at Zhujiajiao Water Town: Six hundred acres of peach blossoms open for inspection and sniffing in Dianfeng Village in Zhujiajiao. Along with these peach trees, see the famed ancient dynasty bridges. You can also see the old buildings, shop, and eat in the many restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the buildings date to the Qing Dynasty era (1644-1912) or the early 1900s. See our Zhujiajiao day tour.

Travel low season: March is a low travel month, and tourist attractions are less crowded. There are great deals on hotels and flights.

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Shanghai Average Daily Temperatures Based on Historical Data

Date Average High Average Low
March 1 50 °F 10 °C 37 °F 2.78 °C
March 2 51 °F 10.56 °C 37 °F 2.78 °C
March 3 51 °F 10.56 °C 38 °F 3.33 °C
March 4 51 °F 10.56 °C 38 °F 3.33 °C
March 5 51 °F 10.56 °C 38 °F 3.33 °C
March 6 52 °F 11.11 °C 38 °F 3.33 °C
March 7 52 °F 11.11 °C 39 °F 3.89 °C
March 8 52 °F 11.11 °C 39 °F 3.89 °C
March 9 53 °F 11.67 °C 39 °F 3.89 °C
March 10 53 °F 11.67 °C 39 °F 3.89 °C
March 11 53 °F 11.67 °C 40 °F 4.44 °C
March 12 53 °F 11.67 °C 40 °F 4.44 °C
March 13 54 °F 12.22 °C 40 °F 4.44 °C
March 14 54 °F 12.22 °C 40 °F 4.44 °C
March 15 54 °F 12.22 °C 41 °F 5 °C
March 16 55 °F 12.78 °C 41 °F 5 °C
March 17 55 °F 12.78 °C 41 °F 5 °C
March 18 55 °F 12.78 °C 42 °F 5.56 °C
March 19 56 °F 13.33 °C 42 °F 5.56 °C
March 20 56 °F 13.33 °C 42 °F 5.56 °C
March 21 56 °F 13.33 °C 43 °F 6.11 °C
March 22 57 °F 13.89 °C 43 °F 6.11 °C
March 23 57 °F 13.89 °C 43 °F 6.11 °C
March 24 57 °F 13.89 °C 43 °F 6.11 °C
March 25 58 °F 14.44 °C 44 °F 6.67 °C
March 26 58 °F 14.44 °C 44 °F 6.67 °C
March 27 58 °F 14.44 °C 44 °F 6.67 °C
March 28 59 °F 15 °C 45 °F 7.22 °C
March 29 59 °F 15 °C 45 °F 7.22 °C
March 30 59 °F 15 °C 45 °F 7.22 °C
March 31 60 °F 15.56 °C 46 °F 7.78 °C

Shanghai Climate Information by Month

Questions and Answers About Shanghai Weather in March

charito lim 2014-02-22
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what are the preferable clothing or attire fit for the weather condition in Shanhai on March 16-19, 2014
Hi Charito, a sweater or a long sleeved shirt with a coat would be ok. Whitney Liao replied on 2014-02-24
Al Friesen 2012-12-24
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We are planning a three week visit to Shanghai in March to visit our first grandchild. We would like to take a one week good quality cruise in warmer climes in the second week.Your advise is appreciated. Thanks.

Hi Al, the last week in March is the warmest.  And I recommend the Victoria Sophia(was named Victoria Prince) sailing between Shanghai and Chongqing to you. The duration for downstream is exactly 7 days.  http://www.chinahighlights.com/yangtzecruise/victoria-sophia/

One of my American customers has experienced it and found it rather good. Please kind let me know the number of people in your group, then we will send you the quotation.

Whitney Liao replied on 2012-12-24
jayne 2012-12-08
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I am planning to Shanghai on 8/2/2013 - 16/2/2013, can i roughly know how''s the weatherweather?!

It is windy in early spring, but warms up gradually. The average high and low temperatures are 12 °C (54 °F) and 5 °C (41 °F).

Sweaters and overcoats are needed, but also bring thin sweaters and long-sleeve T-shirts in case it gets warmer during the day.

Nora Ou replied on 2012-12-09
David 2012-09-09
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Planning on using United air miles, where can I get the land portion? I guess 14 days for Xian, Beijing and Shanghai is enough; ...can they be covered in 14 days?

Hi David, for the land portion, please contact your airlines directly. 14 days is enough for Xian, Beijing and Shanghai. If you would like, we can tailor make a tour for you.

Whitney Liao replied on 2012-09-11
Jessie K. 2012-03-17
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I am visiting Shanghai on the last week of March till early April. Please advise me on the type of clothing for these time. I will be bringing my 10 year old daughter too. Will it be still very cold and windy?
Hi! Thanks for your query. Shanghai is still a bit cold at the end of March, but not so serious, with temperature ranging from 5- 15 C or 41 - 59 F. I suggest you that take the thin sweaters and coats. Please see more information about Shanghai weather and travel tips at http://www.chinahighlights.com/shanghai/weather.htm. Wish you a pleasant trip in Shanghai! Peter replied on 2012-03-19
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