Athens, Alabama 

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Climate in Athens, Alabama

Athens, Alabama gets 55 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Athens averages 2 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 197 sunny days per year in Athens. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Athens gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 122 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.

Weather Highlights

Summer High: the July high is around 90 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 30
Rain: averages 55 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 2 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Athens is 7.2 (10=best), which means it is less comfortable than most places in Alabama.

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Summer   /   Winter
May, October and September are the most pleasant months in Athens, while July and August are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Athens, AlabamaUnited States
  54.7 in.38.1 in.
  1.5 in.27.8 in.
  121.5 days106.2 days
  197 days205 days
  722 ft.2443 ft.


Many people confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather is the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time.

Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Weather can change from minute-to-minute. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.

Climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a place. Climate can mean the average weather for a particular region and time period taken over 30 years. Climate is the average of weather over time.

August is the hottest month for Athens with an average high temperature of 90.3°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in Alabama. In Athens, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Athens are May, October and April.

In Athens, there are 51.5 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is about average compared to other places in Alabama.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Athens with an average of 29.6°. This is colder than most places in Alabama.

In Athens, there are 67.1 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most places in Alabama.

In Athens, there are 0.1 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is colder than most places in Alabama.

Humidity in Athens can be uncomfortable during the summer, but comfortable for most of the year. The most uncomfortably humid months are July, August and June. The humid season runs from June-September and the most comfortable months are October-May.

December is the wettest month in Athens with 5.9 inches of rain, and the driest month is August with 3.4 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 29% of yearly precipitation and 22% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 54.7 inches in Athens means that it is drier than most places in Alabama.

December is the rainiest month in Athens with 11.2 days of rain, and September is the driest month with only 7.8 rainy days. There are 121.5 rainy days annually in Athens, which is one of the rainiest places in Alabama. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 27% of the time and the driest is Winter with only a 22% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 1.5 inches in Athens means that it is snowier than most places in Alabama. January is the snowiest month in Athens with 0.7 inches of snow, and 1 month of the year have significant snowfall.

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