Average Weather in February in Shanghai China
Daily high temperatures increase by 5°F, from 46°F to 51°F, rarely falling below 38°F or exceeding 62°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 5°F, from 36°F to 41°F, rarely falling below 28°F or exceeding 48°F.
For reference, on July 28, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Shanghai typically range from 79°F to 90°F, while on January 20, the coldest day of the year, they range from 35°F to 45°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in February
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on February. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature in February
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The month of February in Shanghai experiences increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 38% to 47%.
The clearest day of the month is February 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 62% of the time.
For reference, on July 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 75%, while on December 13, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 73%.
Cloud Cover Categories in February
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Shanghai, the chance of a wet day over the course of February is very rapidly increasing, starting the month at 20% and ending it at 31%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 47% on June 27, and its lowest chance is 13% on December 18.
Over the course of February in Shanghai, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 19% to 31%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 1% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 0% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in February
To show variation within the month and not just the monthly total, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during February in Shanghai is rapidly increasing, starting the month at 1.8 inches, when it rarely exceeds 3.4 inches or falls below 0.5 inches, and ending the month at 2.9 inches, when it rarely exceeds 5.0 inches or falls below 0.9 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in February
Over the course of February in Shanghai, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 47 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 43 seconds, and weekly increase of 12 minutes, 4 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is February 1, with 10 hours, 43 minutes of daylight and the longest day is February 28, with 11 hours, 29 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in February
The latest sunrise of the month in Shanghai is 6:46 AM on February 1 and the earliest sunrise is 24 minutes earlier at 6:22 AM on February 28.
The earliest sunset is 5:29 PM on February 1 and the latest sunset is 22 minutes later at 5:51 PM on February 28.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Shanghai during 2021.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 4:50 AM and sets 14 hours, 11 minutes later, at 7:01 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:48 AM and sets 10 hours, 7 minutes later, at 4:55 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in February
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for February 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases. The label associated with each bar indicates the date and time that the phase is obtained, and the companion time labels indicate the rise and set times of the Moon for the nearest time interval in which the moon is above the horizon.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases in February
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Shanghai is essentially constant during February, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 22, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 100% of the time, while on January 1, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in February
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This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Shanghai is essentially constant during February, remaining within 0.3 miles per hour of 11.6 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on March 10, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 12.0 miles per hour, while on June 24, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 10.4 miles per hour.
The lowest daily average wind speed during February is 11.4 miles per hour on February 7.
Average Wind Speed in February
The hourly average wind direction in Shanghai throughout February is predominantly from the north, with a peak proportion of 54% on February 1.
Wind Direction in February
Shanghai is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average surface water temperature in Shanghai is essentially constant during February, remaining within 1°F of 45°F throughout.
The lowest average surface water temperature during February is 45°F on February 11.
Average Water Temperature in February
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
The growing season in Shanghai typically lasts for 9.5 months (288 days), from around February 25 to around December 9, rarely starting before February 3 or after March 20, and rarely ending before November 21 or after December 28.
During February in Shanghai, the chance that a given day is within the growing season is rapidly increasing rising from 9% to 58% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in February
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Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
The average accumulated growing degree days in Shanghai are essentially constant during February, remaining within 12°F of 24°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in February
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Shanghai is gradually increasing during February, rising by 0.6 kWh, from 3.4 kWh to 3.9 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in February
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Shanghai are 31.222 deg latitude, 121.458 deg longitude, and 39 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Shanghai contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 262 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 40 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (335 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (719 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Shanghai is covered by artificial surfaces (98%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (85%), and within 50 miles by water (50%) and cropland (35%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Shanghai, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Shanghai.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Shanghai according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Shanghai is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Shanghai and a given station.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
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We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
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