Lincoln, Nebraska 

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Climate in Lincoln, Nebraska

Lincoln, NE has a humid continental climate that is characterized by hot summers and cold winters. The city experiences four distinct seasons with warm days in spring and fall, hot temperatures in the summer months and cold temperatures during the winter months. Precipitation is common throughout the year, usually coming through rain showers or snowfall. Summers can be quite humid in Lincoln as well, so it's important to be prepared for both warm and cool weather.

Lincoln, Nebraska gets 31 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Lincoln averages 26 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 214 sunny days per year in Lincoln. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Lincoln gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 86 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 14
Rain: averages 31 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 26 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Lincoln is 7.2 (10=best), which means it is more comfortable than most places in Nebraska.

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

Climate Averages
  Lincoln, NebraskaUnited States
  30.9 in.38.1 in.
  25.6 in.27.8 in.
  85.7 days106.2 days
  214 days205 days
  1201 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 Lincoln with an average high temperature of 88.5°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in Nebraska. In Lincoln, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Lincoln are September, May and June.

In Lincoln, there are 32.4 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most places in Nebraska.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Lincoln with an average of 13.5°. This is warmer than most places in Nebraska.

In Lincoln, there are 141.2 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in Nebraska.

In Lincoln, there are 9.6 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is warmer than most places in Nebraska.

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

May is the wettest month in Lincoln with 4.6 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 0.7 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 39% of yearly precipitation and 8% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 30.9 inches in Lincoln means that it is wetter than most places in Nebraska.

May is the rainiest month in Lincoln with 11.1 days of rain, and January is the driest month with only 4.5 rainy days. There are 85.7 rainy days annually in Lincoln, which is rainier than most places in Nebraska. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 31% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 17% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 25.6 inches in Lincoln means that it is less snowy than most places in Nebraska. December is the snowiest month in Lincoln with 5.5 inches of snow, and 7 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    LINCOLN ISN'T THAT GREAT - 1/25/2021
    I've lived in Lincoln since 1965. Since the Boosalis Administration the city has been in a slow continual decline despite a growing population. Downtown Lincoln is... Read More

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    Friendly city on-par drivrs compared 2 other citys - 9/16/2020
    I grew up in Lincoln. As a child I have nothing but fond memories of this city. I moved around a few times, places including Crete, and Omaha. Lincoln gives you the best... Read More

    Nice Place to Retire To - 6/8/2020
    I've lived in Lincoln for 7 years and love it. Communities are safe, and if you forget to close your garage door, neighbors will call you. There are lots of trails that... Read More

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