Portsmouth, New Hampshire 

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Climate in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth, New Hampshire gets 50 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Portsmouth averages 53 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 Portsmouth. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Portsmouth gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 118 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 14
Rain: averages 50 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 53 inches of snow a year


BESTPLACES COMFORT INDEX

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Portsmouth is 6.8 (10=best), which means it is one of the most pleasant places in New Hampshire.

6.8 / 10
August, July and June are the most pleasant months in Portsmouth, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Portsmouth, New HampshireUnited States
  50.1 in.38.1 in.
  53.2 in.27.8 in.
  118.3 days106.2 days
  198 days205 days
  81.9°85.8°
  13.8°21.7°
  6.87
  3.44.3
  20 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 Portsmouth with an average high temperature of 81.9°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in New Hampshire. In Portsmouth, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Portsmouth are June, August and July.


January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Portsmouth with an average of 13.8°. This is one of the warmest places in New Hampshire.


In Portsmouth, there are 8.0 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most places in New Hampshire.


In Portsmouth, there are 149.8 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in New Hampshire.


In Portsmouth, there are 7.2 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is warmer than most places in New Hampshire.


November is the wettest month in Portsmouth with 4.8 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 3.5 inches. The wettest season is Summer with 28% of yearly precipitation and 23% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 50.1 inches in Portsmouth means that it is one of the wettest places in New Hampshire.


May is the rainiest month in Portsmouth with 11.4 days of rain, and February is the driest month with only 7.7 rainy days. There are 118.3 rainy days annually in Portsmouth, which is one of the least rainy places in New Hampshire. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 27% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 23% chance of a rainy day.


An annual snowfall of 53.2 inches in Portsmouth means that it is one of the least snowy places in New Hampshire. January is the snowiest month in Portsmouth with 16.7 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.





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    Reviews for Portsmouth    7 Reviews
    Beautiful city - 5/11/2010
    I was up in Portsmouth a couple years ago visiting from Florida. I loved how I was able to prk the car, get out and have numerous bars/restaurants, clothing stores, etc... Read More

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    Portsmouth, NH - 11/13/2009
    Portsmouth is full of history, art, interesting shops, restaurants and the best... Read More

    Culture & Recreation - 9/21/2007
    Portsmouth is a beautiful historic town settled right on the seacoast. Excellent restaurants, great cafes and shops, and picturesque streets make this a wonderful city... Read More


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