Shanghai Weather in May

Weather: May is a warm month in general, with changing weather. Daytime and nighttime temperatures vary greatly, the average temperatures are 23 °C (73 °F) and 16 °C (60 °F).

Clothing: Dressing in layers with a thin coat is appropriate, as it may become very hot at noon and colder later. You may also need a sweater.

Things to Do

Panda's Lunch Time Giant pandas at Shanghai Zoo

May is a time is to go to the hills and parks. Take advantage of days of comfortable weather in May before the muggy monsoon season starts to see outdoor places.

See the animals at Shanghai Zoo: Along with tigers, there are hundreds of species of animals. The pandas are the favorite, and the zoo is one of the best places in China to watch pandas. Along with the animals, the park maintains a lot of trees and gardens you can enjoy and rest in the shade as you walk around the large complex.

The Shanghai Wild Animal Park: Many people would consider this wild animal park to be one of the top places to go during a trip to Shanghai. Children especially like to see the animals up close. You can see the most dangerous animals from inside the tour buses. They often come up to the windows. The park also has areas to walk through, and a special kids zoo too.

Fenjing Ancient Town: This is one of several ancient towns near Shanghai. It is laced by a waterway network, and lotus flowers grow in some places. You can take a boat for a tour or visit an art museum or heave a meal.

Travel high season: May is a high travel month. The Labor Day holiday is between May 1st and 3rd, and most Chinese people have three days off from work. Transportation routes are busy and tourist attractions are crowded. May is also when international tour groups arrive to sightsee during the fine May weather. If your travel date coincides with the holiday, plan in advance. Let us help you book flights and train tickets.

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Further Reading

Shanghai Average Daily Temperatures Based on Historical Data

Date Average High Average Low
May 1 70 °F 21.11 °C 56 °F 13.33 °C
May 2 70 °F 21.11 °C 56 °F 13.33 °C
May 3 71 °F 21.67 °C 56 °F 13.33 °C
May 4 71 °F 21.67 °C 57 °F 13.89 °C
May 5 71 °F 21.67 °C 57 °F 13.89 °C
May 6 72 °F 22.22 °C 57 °F 13.89 °C
May 7 72 °F 22.22 °C 58 °F 14.44 °C
May 8 72 °F 22.22 °C 58 °F 14.44 °C
May 9 72 °F 22.22 °C 58 °F 14.44 °C
May 10 73 °F 22.78 °C 58 °F 14.44 °C
May 11 73 °F 22.78 °C 59 °F 15 °C
May 12 73 °F 22.78 °C 59 °F 15 °C
May 13 73 °F 22.78 °C 59 °F 15 °C
May 14 74 °F 23.33 °C 60 °F 15.56 °C
May 15 74 °F 23.33 °C 60 °F 15.56 °C
May 16 74 °F 23.33 °C 60 °F 15.56 °C
May 17 74 °F 23.33 °C 60 °F 15.56 °C
May 18 75 °F 23.89 °C 61 °F 16.11 °C
May 19 75 °F 23.89 °C 61 °F 16.11 °C
May 20 75 °F 23.89 °C 61 °F 16.11 °C
May 21 75 °F 23.89 °C 61 °F 16.11 °C
May 22 75 °F 23.89 °C 62 °F 16.67 °C
May 23 76 °F 24.44 °C 62 °F 16.67 °C
May 24 76 °F 24.44 °C 62 °F 16.67 °C
May 25 76 °F 24.44 °C 62 °F 16.67 °C
May 26 76 °F 24.44 °C 63 °F 17.22 °C
May 27 76 °F 24.44 °C 63 °F 17.22 °C
May 28 77 °F 25 °C 63 °F 17.22 °C
May 29 77 °F 25 °C 63 °F 17.22 °C
May 30 77 °F 25 °C 64 °F 17.78 °C
May 31 77 °F 25 °C 64 °F 17.78 °C

Shanghai Climate Information by Month

Questions and Answers About Shanghai Weather in May

Lal 2012-11-18
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I want to perform INdian music at small tea houses and coffee shops in China. Can you advise me.

Hi Lal, you can negotiate with the boss in the  tea houses and coffee shops. I think they will give you a warm welcome.

Whitney Liao replied on 2012-11-19
Karen 2012-10-18
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When will be the best months to visit Shanghai between now to Dec 2013?

Hi Karen, October would be a better time.

Whitney Liao replied on 2012-10-21
michel 2012-07-21
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hello.. would like to visit shanghai and beijing this coming may 15-23 2013.. would like to ask what is the possible weather condition during the said dates? Is it cold or hot? im from the philippines and i wiuld like to experience cold weather since philippines is a tropical island and its often hot.. pls advise.. thank u. would really appreciate it.. thanks

Hello Michel,

May is a warm month in Shanghai, with changing weather. Daytime and nighttime temperatures vary greatly, and the average daytime and nighttime temperatures are 16 °C (60 °F) and 25 °C (76 °F), respectively, from May15-23. Rainfall is still low this month. It is warm during the day and cool at night. A T-shirt and a light jacket is enough to cope with the weather.

The average low and high temperatures from May15-23 in Beijing are 13 °C (55 °F) and 28 °C (81 °F), respectively. It is a good season to go to see flowers in Beijing, It is also one of the best times to visit the Great Wall.

Planning to visit Shanghai or Beijing in May, please contact me.

Whitney Liao replied on 2012-07-23
Mavis Roberts 2012-04-12
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I would love to visit Shanghai as it is twinned with my home city Liverpool. Where in Shanghai could I find connections with the historical connection between our two cities? Are there any twinning celebrations planned for 2013 or 2014?
Victoria 2012-04-09
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Planning to go to shanghai may 7 to the 15 what is the weather like these days?Thank you Victoria
Hi! Thanks for your query. Shanghai becomes warm in early May, with temperature ranging from 14- 23 C or 55 - 70 F. It’s the rainy season and always gets wet. Please see more information about Shanghai weather and travel tips at Wish you a pleasant trip in Shanghai! Peter replied on 2012-04-10
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