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Climate in Washington, District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia gets 43 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Washington averages 14 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 203 sunny days per year in Washington. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Washington gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 114 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 89 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 27
Rain: averages 43 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 14 inches of snow a year


BESTPLACES COMFORT INDEX

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

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

Climate Averages
  Washington, District of ColumbiaUnited States
  43.3 in.38.1 in.
  13.7 in.27.8 in.
  114.3 days106.2 days
  203 days205 days
  88.5°85.8°
  26.5°21.7°
  7.37
  4.14.3
  23 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 Washington with an average high temperature of 88.5°, which ranks it as one of the hottest places in the District of Columbia. In Washington, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Washington are September, May and June.


January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Washington with an average of 26.5°. This is one of the warmest places in the District of Columbia.


In Washington, there are 35.8 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is one of the hottest places in the District of Columbia.


In Washington, there are 79.3 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is one of the coldest places in the District of Columbia.


In Washington, there are 0.3 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is one of the coldest places in the District of Columbia.


July is the wettest month in Washington with 4.4 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 2.8 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 27% of yearly precipitation and 21% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 43.3 inches in Washington means that it is one of the wettest places in the District of Columbia.


May is the rainiest month in Washington with 11.5 days of rain, and October is the driest month with only 8.1 rainy days. There are 114.3 rainy days annually in Washington, which is one of the rainiest places in the District of Columbia. 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.


An annual snowfall of 13.7 inches in Washington means that it is one of the snowiest places in the District of Columbia. January is the snowiest month in Washington with 5.5 inches of snow, and 5 months of the year have significant snowfall.





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    Reviews for Washington    96 Reviews
    Great town with it's challenges - 7/18/2019
    Moved to DC 40 years ago from Mpls-St. Paul. DC is an amazing town. Downside is people are very competitive, everything is expensive. Great restaurants, foodie heaven... Read More

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    Day to Day Life is Stressful - 11/14/2017
    I've lived in and around the District for 40 years and have watched it become increasingly congested and stressful. Commutes are a nightmare made worse by the rise of... Read More

    Washington, DC - 9/28/2015
    I've been in DC for 10 yrs now. It's a great place to live, if can afford it. I'm a Chicago native. I came to DC by way of Military.DC was my final duty station. After... Read More


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