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Chicago, IL vs Denver, CO

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Highlights

On average, there are 245 sunny days per year in Denver. Chicago averages 189 sunny days per year. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Denver, Colorado gets 16.7 inches of rain, on average, per year. Chicago, Illinois gets 38.2 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38.1 inches of rain per year.

Denver averages 60.2 inches of snow per year. Chicago averages 35.1 inches of snow per year. The US average is 27.8 inches of snow per year.


Weather Highlights

Denver, Colorado
Summer High:
the July high is around 88.9 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 17.9
Rain: averages 16.7 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 60.2 inches of snow a year

Chicago, Illinois
Summer High:
the July high is around 83.9 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 19.2
Rain: averages 38.2 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 35.1 inches of snow a year


BESTPLACES COMFORT INDEX
Denver

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Denver is 7.3 (10=best), which means it is more comfortable than most places in Colorado.

7.3 / 10
June, September and August are the most pleasant months in Denver, while December and January are the least comfortable months.

Chicago

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Chicago is 7.0 (10=best), which means it is about average compared to other places in Illinois.

7 / 10
September, June and August are the most pleasant months in Chicago, while January and December are the least comfortable months.


Today's Weather - Chicago, IL

1 PM PST

Isolated Showers And Thunderstorms

86°F

DAYDESCRIPTIONHIGH / LOWWIND
This AfternoonIsolated Showers And Thunderstorms87° / 56°SW 20 to 25 mph
SaturdayScattered Showers And Thunderstorms then Showers And Thunderstorms56° / 50°NNE 5 to 15 mph
SundayIsolated Rain Showers then Mostly Sunny59° / 47°N 10 to 15 mph
MondayMostly Sunny58° / 52°NE 5 to 15 mph
TuesdayChance Rain Showers58° / 55°ENE 10 to 15 mph
WednesdayShowers And Thunderstorms64° / 54°N 10 to 15 mph
ThursdayChance Rain Showers63° / 53°NW 10 to 15 mph

Today's Weather - Denver, CO

1 PM PST

Rain And Snow

38°F

DAYDESCRIPTIONHIGH / LOWWIND
This AfternoonRain And Snow41° / 29°NE 9 to 13 mph
SaturdayLight Snow Likely42° / 30°NE 5 to 8 mph
SundayPartly Sunny then Slight Chance Showers And Thunderstorms54° / 39°SSE 7 to 10 mph
MondayChance Rain Showers then Chance Showers And Thunderstorms62° / 43°NNW 7 to 12 mph
TuesdayChance Rain Showers then Chance Showers And Thunderstorms62° / 43°ESE 6 to 9 mph
WednesdaySlight Chance Rain Showers then Slight Chance Showers And Thunderstorms70° / 47°NW 6 to 9 mph
ThursdaySunny81° / 53°SSE 10 mph

Average Monthly High / Low (°F)
MonthChicago, ILDenver, CO
January32° / 19°47° / 18°
February37° / 23°48° / 20°
March47° / 31°56° / 27°
April58° / 41°63° / 35°
May69° / 51°71° / 44°
June79° / 61°82° / 53°
July84° / 68°89° / 59°
August82° / 67°86° / 58°
September75° / 59°78° / 48°
October63° / 47°66° / 36°
November49° / 36°54° / 25°
December36° / 24°45° / 17°

Hot, Freezing, Rainy, Snowy Days: Chicago / Denver
MonthHot DaysFreezing DaysRainy DaysSnowy Days
January0 / 027 / 3010 / 57 / 5
February0 / 023 / 268 / 55 / 5
March0 / 017 / 2311 / 74 / 5
April0 / 03 / 1111 / 81 / 4
May1 / 10 / 112 / 100 / 1
June3 / 60 / 010 / 80 / 0
July6 / 150 / 010 / 80 / 0
August4 / 90 / 010 / 90 / 0
September1 / 30 / 19 / 70 / 0
October0 / 01 / 910 / 60 / 2
November0 / 010 / 2411 / 62 / 4
December0 / 024 / 3011 / 56 / 5
July is the hottest month for Chicago with an average high temperature of 83.9°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in Illinois. In Chicago, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Chicago are June, September and August.

July is the hottest month for Denver with an average high temperature of 88.9°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in Colorado. In Denver, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Denver are September, June and May.


January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Chicago with an average of 19.2°. This is warmer than most places in Illinois.

December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Denver with an average of 16.9°. This is warmer than most places in Colorado.



In Chicago, there are 13.6 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most places in Illinois.

In Denver, there are 33.7 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most places in Colorado.



In Chicago, there are 103.9 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in Illinois.

In Denver, there are 155.1 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in Colorado.



In Chicago, there are 4.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is warmer than most places in Illinois.

In Denver, there are 5.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is warmer than most places in Colorado.



August is the wettest month in Chicago with 4.2 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 2.0 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 31% of yearly precipitation and 17% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 38.2 inches in Chicago means that it is drier than most places in Illinois.


May is the wettest month in Denver with 2.4 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 0.5 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 36% of yearly precipitation and 10% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 16.7 inches in Denver means that it is about average compared to other places in Colorado.


May is the rainiest month in Chicago with 11.5 days of rain, and February is the driest month with only 8.4 rainy days. There are 124.8 rainy days annually in Chicago, which is one of the rainiest places in Illinois. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 27% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 24% chance of a rainy day.

May is the rainiest month in Denver with 10.1 days of rain, and January is the driest month with only 4.7 rainy days. There are 83.1 rainy days annually in Denver, which is rainier than most places in Colorado. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 30% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 18% chance of a rainy day.



An annual snowfall of 35.1 inches in Chicago means that it is one of the snowiest places in Illinois.

An annual snowfall of 60.2 inches in Denver means that it is about average compared to other places in Colorado.



January is the snowiest month in Chicago with 11.0 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.

March is the snowiest month in Denver with 11.7 inches of snow, and 9 months of the year have significant snowfall.


DID YOU KNOW?

Many people confuse Weather and Climate, but they are different. Weather refers to the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, while Climate refers to the conditions of the atmosphere over a long period of time.

Weather, more specifically, refers to how the atmosphere behaves and its effects on life and human activities. Most people think of Weather in terms of what can be observed: temperature, humidity, precipitation, and cloudy/sunny conditions. Weather conditions constantly change on a minute-to-minute basis.

Climate is a record of the average weather conditions for a given place over a long period of time, often referred to as Climate Normals. A 30-year period of record is a common requirement to be considered a Climate Normal.


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ZIPS IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
60629, 60618, 60632, 60639, 60623, 60647, 60617, 60625, 60608, 60634, 56 total
ZIPS IN DENVER, COLORADO
80219, 80239, 80123, 80231, 80210, 80220, 80211, 80204, 80205, 80249, 32 total

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