Metlakatla, Alaska 

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Climate in Metlakatla, Alaska

Metlakatla, AK has a temperate maritime climate, with mild winters and relatively cool summers. The average annual temperature in the area is around 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius). As a result of its coastal location, the area receives significant amounts of precipitation year-round, with an average of over 100 inches (254 cm) annually. Snowfall is usually light, but winter days can be windy and cold. This climate makes Metlakatla a great spot for outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing.

Metlakatla, Alaska gets 132 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Metlakatla averages 30 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 98 sunny days per year in Metlakatla. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Metlakatla gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 233 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 65 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 31
Rain: averages 132 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 30 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Metlakatla is 5.6 (10=best), which means it is one of the most pleasant places in Alaska.

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Summer   /   Winter
July, August and June are the most pleasant months in Metlakatla, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Metlakatla, AlaskaUnited States
  132.4 in.38.1 in.
  29.5 in.27.8 in.
  233.1 days106.2 days
  98 days205 days
  0 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 Metlakatla with an average high temperature of 64.9°, which ranks it as about average compared to other places in Alaska. In Metlakatla, there are 0 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Metlakatla are August, July and June.

In Metlakatla, there are 0.1 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most places in Alaska.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Metlakatla with an average of 31.1°. This is one of the warmest places in Alaska.

In Metlakatla, there are 71.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is one of the warmest places in Alaska.

In Metlakatla, there are 0.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is one of the warmest places in Alaska.

Humidity is low in Metlakatla, and some people might find the dryness to be uncomfortable. Days with noticeable humidity are rare throughout the year. A very dry climate can lead to cracked, itchy skin and dry eyes.

October is the wettest month in Metlakatla with 18.3 inches of rain, and the driest month is July with 5.6 inches. The wettest season is Winter with 36% of yearly precipitation and 15% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 132.4 inches in Metlakatla means that it is one of the wettest places in Alaska.

October is the rainiest month in Metlakatla with 24.1 days of rain, and July is the driest month with only 15.4 rainy days. There are 233.1 rainy days annually in Metlakatla, which is rainier than most places in Alaska. The rainiest season is Winter when it rains 29% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 20% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 29.5 inches in Metlakatla means that it is one of the least snowy places in Alaska. December is the snowiest month in Metlakatla with 7.0 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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