It doesnt always snow in Shanghai during winter but dont let the temperature fool you.
Many people from the North or North Eastern part of China that frequently weathered lower temperature here had complained that they could not take the cold in Shanghai.
This is due to two main reasons.
The cold in Shanghai is damp cold whereas the cold in North / North Eastern part of China are usually dry cold. The human body needs more energy to fend off damp cold due to the moisture and density of the air thus often it feels a lot colder. Some local call in the "bone piercing" cold cos you can literally feel the chill in your bones.
The other reason is that the North / North Eastern part of China uses heaters and it feels a lot warmer there whereas in Shanghai, most offices and indoors uses airconditioning.
I have weathered zero degrees in Dalian before and trust me, the zero degrees in Shanghai is alot more unbearable.
My friend, Angeline who is in Beijing now, sent me this photo below:
I was walking along the Bund and Cool Docks a couple of days ago and it was reported 7 degrees. But if felt a lot colder ! I had to cut short my walk with my friend and pop into Costa Coffee for some warmth. I tell you. Few things beats some hot chocolate on a cold day like this.
I wonder if it would snow this year in Shanghai.
It started snowing in Shanghai. Just a small trickle in the morning some days ago and for a very brief while.
Anyone encountered the same ?
So if you planning a trip to Shanghai soon, do be prepared for the wet weather. Or if you can wait, it would perhaps be better to wait another month or so, lest your outdoor plans for your trip be ruined.
One of the major "complaint" the locals here have of the city is in fact, the weather. In the summer, it can get all the way up to 39 degree Celsius. I remembered once, the city authorities had to put buckets of ice in the subway trains to supplement the air-conditioning. Winter wise, the coldest I ever experienced was -15 degrees Celsius this year in January.
If its not too hot or cold, it would be raining like these few weeks. If it is not raining, sometimes the sky would be overcast for several days in a row with very little sunshine at all. Thats Shanghai weather.
So, if you are thinking of relocating to Shanghai, dont forget to list weather as one of the points to consider.
We have seen buildings only 200 or 300 meters away get hit by huge lightning bolts. The thunder claps have been loud and some of them have even shaken the windows.
Visibility at one point was down to only a few hundred meters due to the torrential downpour. The rain has stopped now, but the lightning and thunder is still going strong.
Its cool! I love storms - the gloom and the moodiness of it - and particularly at the moment, the rain. Shanghai and surrounding areas is desperately short of water - bring it on!
Interested in lightning - read how it's made - from NASA so it must be right!
Photo from Wang Jian Shuo's blog.
Here are some more cool lightening photos if you are interested.