Atlanta, Georgia 

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Climate in Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, GA has a humid subtropical climate, meaning that summers are hot and humid with temperatures often reaching into the 90s and 100s. Winters are generally mild with temperatures typically ranging between the mid-30s to mid-50s. The city receives an average of 52 inches of rain per year, with the most occurring in July and August. The area also experiences occasional thunderstorms throughout the year as well as snow in the winter months.

Atlanta, Georgia gets 52 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

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

On average, there are 217 sunny days per year in Atlanta. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Atlanta gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 109 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 88 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 33
Rain: averages 52 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 1 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Atlanta is 7.6 (10=best), which means it is one of the most pleasant places in Georgia.

6.7 / 6.9

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

Climate Averages
  Atlanta, GeorgiaUnited States
  51.5 in.38.1 in.
  1.4 in.27.8 in.
  109.3 days106.2 days
  217 days205 days
  1050 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.

July is the hottest month for Atlanta with an average high temperature of 88.3°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in Georgia. In Atlanta, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Atlanta are May, September and April.

In Atlanta, there are 31.5 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most places in Georgia.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Atlanta with an average of 32.6°. This is about average compared to other places in Georgia.

In Atlanta, there are 46.8 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other places in Georgia.

In Atlanta, there are 0.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is about average compared to other places in Georgia.

Humidity in Atlanta 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.

July is the wettest month in Atlanta with 5.1 inches of rain, and the driest month is October with 3.5 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 27% of yearly precipitation and 23% occurs in Winter, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 51.5 inches in Atlanta means that it is wetter than most places in Georgia.

July is the rainiest month in Atlanta with 11.2 days of rain, and October is the driest month with only 7.0 rainy days. There are 109.3 rainy days annually in Atlanta, which is rainier than most places in Georgia. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 28% of the time and the driest is Winter with only a 20% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 1.4 inches in Atlanta means that it is snowier than most places in Georgia. January is the snowiest month in Atlanta with 0.6 inches of snow, and 1 month of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Atlanta    316 Reviews
    It's really not that bad - 2/1/2023
    I've lived just outside of Atlanta for 22 years and have spent a year deep within the hustle and bustle of the city. It's really NOT that bad. The crime really isn't... Read More

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    Growing American City with a Bright Future - 8/17/2022
    I have spent my life between Chicago and Atlanta and in the end I chose the Atlanta metro area for affordability. People may complain about rising rent prices, but if... Read More

    Atlanta is a no no - 11/6/2021
    I've been in Atlanta my whole life!!! The traffic here is so bad, the people here are awful, more and more people are moving here, violence is everywhere, the rent... Read More

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