Valparaiso, IN 

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Climate in Valparaiso, IN

Valparaiso, IN experiences a humid continental climate. This means that summers are hot and humid, while winters are cold and dry with occasional snowfall. The average temperature ranges from 25°F in the winter to 78°F in the summer. Valparaiso is known for having dramatic seasonal changes with temperatures dropping as low as -25°F in the coldest months. The area also receives an average of 36 inches of rain throughout the year, most of it occurring from April to August.

Valparaiso, Indiana gets 40 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Valparaiso averages 39 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 176 sunny days per year in Valparaiso. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Valparaiso gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 130 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 82 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 17
Rain: averages 40 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 39 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Valparaiso is 6.8 (10=best), which means it is one of the least comfortable places in Indiana.

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June, September and August are the most pleasant months in Valparaiso, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Valparaiso, IndianaUnited States
  39.7 in.38.1 in.
  39.0 in.27.8 in.
  129.6 days106.2 days
  176 days205 days
  794 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 Valparaiso with an average high temperature of 82.4°, which ranks it as one of the coolest places in Indiana. In Valparaiso, there are 5 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Valparaiso are June, August and September.

In Valparaiso, there are 7.2 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is one of the coolest places in Indiana.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Valparaiso with an average of 16.7°. This is colder than most places in Indiana.

In Valparaiso, there are 123.6 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other places in Indiana.

In Valparaiso, there are 6.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is about average compared to other places in Indiana.

The humidity is usually comfortable in Valparaiso but some summer months can be sticky or muggy. July is the most humid month, though humidity is low for most of the year. The most humid months are July, August and June.

June is the wettest month in Valparaiso with 4.4 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 1.8 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 32% of yearly precipitation and 17% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 39.7 inches in Valparaiso means that it is drier than most places in Indiana.

May is the rainiest month in Valparaiso with 12.1 days of rain, and February is the driest month with only 9.0 rainy days. There are 129.6 rainy days annually in Valparaiso, which is one of the rainiest places in Indiana. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 27% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 24% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 39.0 inches in Valparaiso means that it is one of the snowiest places in Indiana. January is the snowiest month in Valparaiso with 13.4 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Valparaiso    11 Reviews
    Pleasantly Surprised - 6/24/2015
    I moved to Valparaiso, IN about 1 year ago. I moved here because I was attending the law school located here. At a glance, it appears to be a small town, with many new... Read More

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    Best Places to Eat - 3/9/2014
    My favorite restaurants in Valparaiso are: Panera Bread--The lines sometimes get long, but, the service is decent and the food is great. Red Robin--Bottomless fries... Read More

    Beautiful country living in big metropolis - 6/24/2013
    I loved driving anywhere, down any road because of the trees, fields and green, green grass that is all over. Cost of living is outrageous! But lil towns close by make... Read More

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