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2020 Compare Climate & Weather:
Philadelphia, PA vs Chicago, IL

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Highlights

On average, there are 189 sunny days per year in Chicago. Philadelphia averages 207 sunny days per year. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Chicago, Illinois gets 38.2 inches of rain, on average, per year. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania gets 47.2 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38.1 inches of rain per year.

Chicago averages 35.1 inches of snow per year. Philadelphia averages 13.1 inches of snow per year. The US average is 27.8 inches of snow per year.


Weather Highlights

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

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Summer High:
the July high is around 87 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 26
Rain: averages 47.2 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 13.1 inches of snow a year


BESTPLACES COMFORT INDEX
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.

Philadelphia

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Philadelphia is 7.3 (10=best), which means it is one of the most pleasant places in Pennsylvania.

7.3 / 10
September, June and May are the most pleasant months in Philadelphia, while January and February are the least comfortable months.


Today's Weather - Philadelphia, PA

2 PM PST

Showers And Thunderstorms

78°F

DAYDESCRIPTIONHIGH / LOWWIND
This AfternoonShowers And Thunderstorms91° / 73°S 10 mph
TuesdayShowers And Thunderstorms Likely89° / 74°SE 0 to 5 mph
WednesdaySlight Chance Showers And Thunderstorms then Chance Showers And Thunderstorms91° / 72°S 5 mph
ThursdayMostly Sunny then Slight Chance Showers And Thunderstorms91° / 73°SE 0 to 5 mph
FridayChance Showers And Thunderstorms88° / 74°E 5 to 10 mph
SaturdaySlight Chance Showers And Thunderstorms then Chance Showers And Thunderstorms91° / 73°SW 5 mph
SundaySlight Chance Showers And Thunderstorms then Chance Showers And Thunderstorms90° / 71°W 5 mph

Today's Weather - Chicago, IL

2 PM PST

Slight Chance Showers And Thunderstorms

89°F

DAYDESCRIPTIONHIGH / LOWWIND
This AfternoonSlight Chance Showers And Thunderstorms90° / 75°E 10 mph
TuesdayMostly Sunny then Chance Showers And Thunderstorms93° / 75°SSW 0 to 10 mph
WednesdaySunny91° / 77°SE 0 to 5 mph
ThursdayMostly Sunny then Chance Showers And Thunderstorms92° / 75°S 0 to 5 mph
FridayChance Showers And Thunderstorms89° / 72°W 0 to 10 mph
SaturdaySlight Chance Rain Showers85° / 70°NNW 5 to 10 mph
SundayChance Showers And Thunderstorms83° / 69°N 5 to 10 mph

Average Monthly High / Low (°F)
MonthPhiladelphia, PAChicago, IL
January41° / 26°32° / 19°
February45° / 28°37° / 23°
March53° / 35°47° / 31°
April64° / 44°58° / 41°
May74° / 54°69° / 51°
June83° / 64°79° / 61°
July87° / 69°84° / 68°
August85° / 67°82° / 67°
September78° / 60°75° / 59°
October67° / 48°63° / 47°
November56° / 40°49° / 36°
December45° / 31°36° / 24°

Hot, Freezing, Rainy, Snowy Days: Philadelphia / Chicago
MonthHot DaysFreezing DaysRainy DaysSnowy Days
January0 / 022 / 2711 / 102 / 7
February0 / 019 / 239 / 82 / 5
March0 / 011 / 1711 / 111 / 4
April0 / 02 / 312 / 110 / 1
May1 / 10 / 012 / 120 / 0
June6 / 30 / 010 / 100 / 0
July10 / 60 / 010 / 100 / 0
August7 / 40 / 09 / 100 / 0
September1 / 10 / 09 / 90 / 0
October0 / 01 / 19 / 100 / 0
November0 / 06 / 109 / 110 / 2
December0 / 017 / 2410 / 111 / 6
July is the hottest month for Philadelphia with an average high temperature of 87.0°, which ranks it as one of the hottest places in Pennsylvania. In Philadelphia, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Philadelphia are September, May and June.

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.


January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Philadelphia with an average of 26.0°. This is one of the warmest places in Pennsylvania.

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



In Philadelphia, there are 25.2 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is one of the hottest places in Pennsylvania.

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



In Philadelphia, there are 77.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is one of the warmest places in Pennsylvania.

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 Philadelphia, there are 0.2 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is one of the warmest places in Pennsylvania.

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



July is the wettest month in Philadelphia with 4.7 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 2.9 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 28% of yearly precipitation and 22% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 47.2 inches in Philadelphia means that it is wetter than most places in Pennsylvania.


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.


April is the rainiest month in Philadelphia with 11.7 days of rain, and September is the driest month with only 8.5 rainy days. There are 118.9 rainy days annually in Philadelphia, which is less rainy than most places in Pennsylvania. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 28% of the time and the driest is Winter with only a 22% chance of a rainy day.

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.



An annual snowfall of 13.1 inches in Philadelphia means that it is one of the least snowy places in Pennsylvania.

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



February is the snowiest month in Philadelphia with 4.8 inches of snow, and 4 months of the year have significant snowfall.

January is the snowiest month in Chicago with 11.0 inches of snow, and 6 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 PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
19120, 19111, 19124, 19143, 19134, 19149, 19104, 19148, 19140, 19145, 48 total
ZIPS IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
60629, 60618, 60632, 60639, 60623, 60647, 60617, 60625, 60608, 60634, 56 total

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