Buffalo, New York 

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Climate in Buffalo, New York

Buffalo, NY has a humid continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. It is known for its heavy snowfall, which can be upwards of 100 inches per year! The city lies in a snowbelt area that often sees lake effect snow that creates some of the most extreme winter weather conditions in the country. During the summer months, temperatures are usually mild and comfortable with highs around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Overall, Buffalo has a diverse range of temperatures and precipitation throughout the year.

Buffalo, New York gets 39 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Buffalo averages 85 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 155 sunny days per year in Buffalo. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Buffalo gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 164 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 81 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 17
Rain: averages 39 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 85 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Buffalo is 6.4 (10=best), which means it is less comfortable than most places in New York.

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Summer   /   Winter
August, July and June are the most pleasant months in Buffalo, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Buffalo, New YorkUnited States
  38.5 in.38.1 in.
  84.8 in.27.8 in.
  163.9 days106.2 days
  155 days205 days
  600 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 Buffalo with an average high temperature of 80.8°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in New York. In Buffalo, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Buffalo are August, June and July.

In Buffalo, there are 3.0 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most places in New York.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Buffalo with an average of 17.3°. This is about average compared to other places in New York.

In Buffalo, there are 130.8 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other places in New York.

In Buffalo, there are 3.3 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is warmer than most places in New York.

Humidity in Buffalo is generally quite low and comfortable. There are few days during the summer when the humidity becomes unpleasant. The most humid months (but still comfortable) are July, August and June.

November is the wettest month in Buffalo with 3.8 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 2.3 inches. The wettest season is Winter with 29% of yearly precipitation and 22% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 38.5 inches in Buffalo means that it is drier than most places in New York.

January is the rainiest month in Buffalo with 18.9 days of rain, and August is the driest month with only 10.2 rainy days. There are 163.9 rainy days annually in Buffalo, which is rainier than most places in New York. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 32% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 20% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 84.8 inches in Buffalo means that it is snowier than most places in New York. January is the snowiest month in Buffalo with 23.8 inches of snow, and 7 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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