Cincinnati, Ohio 

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Climate in Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio gets 44 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Cincinnati averages 15 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 Cincinnati. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Cincinnati gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 121 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 86 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 22
Rain: averages 44 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 15 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Cincinnati is 7.2 (10=best), which means it is one of the most pleasant places in Ohio.

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Summer   /   Winter
September, June and May are the most pleasant months in Cincinnati, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Cincinnati, OhioUnited States
  44.3 in.38.1 in.
  14.9 in.27.8 in.
  120.6 days106.2 days
  176 days205 days
  551 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 Cincinnati with an average high temperature of 86.0°, which ranks it as one of the hottest places in Ohio. In Cincinnati, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Cincinnati are September, May and June.

In Cincinnati, there are 20.0 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is one of the hottest places in Ohio.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Cincinnati with an average of 21.9°. This is one of the warmest places in Ohio.

In Cincinnati, there are 106.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is one of the warmest places in Ohio.

In Cincinnati, there are 2.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is warmer than most places in Ohio.

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

May is the wettest month in Cincinnati with 5.3 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 2.7 inches. The wettest season is Summer with 30% of yearly precipitation and 21% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 44.3 inches in Cincinnati means that it is one of the wettest places in Ohio.

May is the rainiest month in Cincinnati with 12.2 days of rain, and September is the driest month with only 7.9 rainy days. There are 120.6 rainy days annually in Cincinnati, which is less rainy than most places in Ohio. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 29% of the time and the driest is Winter with only a 22% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 14.9 inches in Cincinnati means that it is less snowy than most places in Ohio. February is the snowiest month in Cincinnati with 4.7 inches of snow, and 4 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Cincinnati    113 Reviews
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    Lived in Cinti. and on UC faculty for over 40 years. The best move of my life is to have retired and left Cinti. for Tucson. In academics OSU far outranks UC and the... Read More

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    Underrated City - 8/13/2020
    I've lived in Cincinnati for 30 years (most of my life, save for a brief stint living in Denver), and even as a native I can tell you that this city is grossly... Read More

    Revitalized Downtown, Baseball, Parks and more. - 6/27/2020
    What Bert has to say is a bit dated. The downtown area has made a great comeback over the past 10-15 years with Over the Rhine once being ranked America’s most dangerous... Read More

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