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11:56 pm Nov 03
Shanghai is a city not just reputed for economic prosperity, but also favoured by the weather. Having enjoyed the subtropical monsoon climate in the Northern Hemisphere with hottest days appearing in July or August, it presents a mild and warm temperament overall. Although the clearly divided four seasons don't share the same pace as those in Beijing, the city welcomes the humid wind from the sea and therefore is distributed with relatively even rain water all year around. It also follows general features of warm spring, hot summer, cool autumn and cold winter, with hardly any times below 0°C and nearly no drought situations.
The spring lies mainly from March to May where the temperature gradually climbs above 10°C but always below 20°C. It's one of the best times for natural sceneries enjoyment such as cherry blossoms. Thick and heavy clothes are not needed anymore and one can fully embrace the freedom from sunscreen creams' protection but still feel the gentle warmth. Compared to the famous city landscape and night view, the central districts' "hidden" flowers and parks as well as those in the surrounding countryside such as Chongming Island are waiting for your comment.
In summer (mainly June to August) however, the usual 25°C to 35°C temperature can climb up to 40°C in recent years with no rains in consecutive days in July or August, whilst in June the continuous plum rains may be encountered. If you find it too hot or too wet to stay outside during these days, those fantastic indoor activities such as galleries for exhibition feasts are ready to embrace.
The summer and early September are also the times fancied by occasional typhoons from west Pacific. That's why the weather is influenced as a little whimsical during this period, which is sometimes accompanied by either heavy rains or scotching heat-this is the only time that calls for cautious travel plan. Please also remember to always bring umbrellas in case of transient weather changes.
After the typhoon period Shanghai finally ushers another best time for visit-the autumn. Mid-to-late September till early November is the fantastic season to enjoy golden leaves with backgrounds of unique Shanghai Style characteristics. In autumn, the temperature drops back to the comfortable zone, namely 15°C-25°C, with now and then drizzling and windy atmosphere. There you can grasp the glamour of both urban magnificence and Jiangnan pace (a pace for slow and graceful lifestyle) in the meantime. It's the golden period for sites exploration.
It seldom snows in winter, with the temperature always maintaining at 3°C to 10°C, but thick and warm clothes are needed in late November to early February, to circumvent the moist feeling. It's the time to devour the delicious hot snack at traditional lanes called Longdang in local dialects, or to find some leisure afternoons and sit at the Bund, enjoying the snug sunshine.
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