Birmingham, AL Climate


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Birmingham, AL is located in the deep south of the United States and is known for its hot and humid climate. The city experiences four distinct seasons with mild winters and long, hot summers. During the summer months, temperatures average between 75-90°F and the humidity levels can be quite high. Average rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year but during spring and summer there are more frequent thunderstorms. Although snowfall does occur occasionally, it usually melts quickly due to the warm temperatures.

Birmingham, Alabama gets 56 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Birmingham averages 1 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 213 sunny days per year in Birmingham. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Birmingham gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 112 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 32
Rain: averages 56 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 1 inches of snow a year


Bestplaces Comfort Index

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Birmingham is 7.3 (10=best), which means it is about average compared to other places in Alabama.

5.7 Summer - 6.9 Winter
May, October and April are the most pleasant months in Birmingham, while July and August are the least comfortable months.

  ClimateBirmingham, AlabamaUnited States
  55.7 in.38.1 in.
  1.3 in.27.8 in.
  112.2 days106.2 days
  213 days205 days
  90.4°85.8°
  32.3°21.7°
  7.37
  5.24.3
  614 ft.2443 ft.
Climate
YOU SHOULD KNOW

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.

July is the hottest month for Birmingham with an average high temperature of 90.4°, which ranks it as about average compared to other places in Alabama. In Birmingham, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Birmingham are May, October and April.
In Birmingham, there are 50.8 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 Birmingham with an average of 32.3°. This is about average compared to other places in Alabama.
In Birmingham, there are 53.6 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other places in Alabama.
In Birmingham, there are 0.1 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is colder than most places in Alabama.
Humidity in Birmingham 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.
March is the wettest month in Birmingham with 5.3 inches of rain, and the driest month is October with 3.5 inches. The wettest season is Summer with 27% of yearly precipitation and 22% occurs in Winter, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 55.7 inches in Birmingham means that it is about average compared to other places in Alabama.
July is the rainiest month in Birmingham with 11.1 days of rain, and September is the driest month with only 7.0 rainy days. There are 112.2 rainy days annually in Birmingham, which is rainier than most places in Alabama. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 27% of the time and the driest is Winter with only a 21% chance of a rainy day.
An annual snowfall of 1.3 inches in Birmingham means that it is snowier than most places in Alabama. March is the snowiest month in Birmingham with 0.5 inches of snow, and 2 months of the year have significant snowfall.
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Birmingham is better than ever, meaning it is beginning to gain half of the stuff a normal city of its size has. The food scene is definitely an exception and is above  More

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Lived in the Birmingham for years. The small city was divided by the historical train tracks into the north half and the south one. The north section was the  More

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I moved to Birmingham 6.5 years ago for a new job. The city is very boring in my opinion, there isn't much to do over the weekend except shopping or eating out. Summer  More

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