Salem, Massachusetts 

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Climate in Salem, Massachusetts

Salem, Massachusetts gets 47 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Salem averages 42 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 198 sunny days per year in Salem. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Salem gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 122 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 80 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 18
Rain: averages 47 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 42 inches of snow a year


BESTPLACES COMFORT INDEX

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Salem is 6.9 (10=best), which means it is about average compared to other places in Massachusetts.

6.9 / 10
August, July and June are the most pleasant months in Salem, while January and February are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Salem, MassachusettsUnited States
  47.3 in.38.1 in.
  41.8 in.27.8 in.
  122.1 days106.2 days
  198 days205 days
  79.9°85.8°
  18.2°21.7°
  6.97
  3.24.3
  13 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 Salem with an average high temperature of 79.9°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in Massachusetts. In Salem, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Salem are August, July and June.


January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Salem with an average of 18.2°. This is about average compared to other places in Massachusetts.


In Salem, there are 5.1 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most places in Massachusetts.


In Salem, there are 127.6 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other places in Massachusetts.


In Salem, there are 2.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is about average compared to other places in Massachusetts.


March is the wettest month in Salem with 4.8 inches of rain, and the driest month is August with 3.4 inches. The wettest season is Summer with 27% of yearly precipitation and 23% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 47.3 inches in Salem means that it is drier than most places in Massachusetts.


May is the rainiest month in Salem with 11.9 days of rain, and February is the driest month with only 8.5 rainy days. There are 122.1 rainy days annually in Salem, which is about average compared to other places in Massachusetts. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 28% of the time and the driest is Winter with only a 24% chance of a rainy day.


An annual snowfall of 41.8 inches in Salem means that it is about average compared to other places in Massachusetts. January is the snowiest month in Salem with 14.1 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.





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    Reviews for Salem    4 Reviews
    Horrible place for a Family - 3/1/2016
    I've been in Salem, Massachusetts for a year now because it brought me up here for my husband's job. Salem may be a great place to visit during Halloween but other... Read More

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    Love it! - 3/21/2013
    My husband and I move to Salem, MA from Long Island NY five years ago and we love it! We kept on visiting for Halloween and we just decided to move here for the hell of... Read More

    Witch City, America - 5/12/2007
    We are family friendly, albeit strange. We celebrate Halloween for a month. Check out the Haunted Happenings... Read More


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