Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 

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Climate in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania gets 42 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

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

On average, there are 193 sunny days per year in Harrisburg. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Harrisburg 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 85 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 22
Rain: averages 42 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 26 inches of snow a year


BESTPLACES COMFORT INDEX

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

7.2 / 10
June, September and August are the most pleasant months in Harrisburg, while January and February are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Harrisburg, PennsylvaniaUnited States
  41.8 in.38.1 in.
  25.8 in.27.8 in.
  122.4 days106.2 days
  193 days205 days
  85.1°85.8°
  22.4°21.7°
  7.27
  4.14.3
  331 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 Harrisburg with an average high temperature of 85.1°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in Pennsylvania. In Harrisburg, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Harrisburg are September, June and August.


January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Harrisburg with an average of 22.4°. This is one of the warmest places in Pennsylvania.


In Harrisburg, there are 13.8 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most places in Pennsylvania.


In Harrisburg, there are 105.1 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is one of the warmest places in Pennsylvania.


In Harrisburg, there are 0.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is one of the warmest places in Pennsylvania.


July is the wettest month in Harrisburg with 4.2 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 2.7 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 28% of yearly precipitation and 21% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 41.8 inches in Harrisburg means that it is drier than most places in Pennsylvania.


May is the rainiest month in Harrisburg with 12.6 days of rain, and September is the driest month with only 8.9 rainy days. There are 122.4 rainy days annually in Harrisburg, which is less rainy than most places in Pennsylvania. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 28% of the time and the driest is Winter with only a 23% chance of a rainy day.


An annual snowfall of 25.8 inches in Harrisburg means that it is less snowy than most places in Pennsylvania. February is the snowiest month in Harrisburg with 8.3 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.





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    Reviews for Harrisburg    22 Reviews
    It's OK - 7/6/2017
    I moved to Harrisburg right after college and have been here for about 6 years now. This city is OK. Downtown has some nicer restaurants, but still has just as many... Read More

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    lifetime resident ready to move - 12/1/2015
    Having lived here many years I've noticed that some people are very nice but most won't give you the time of day.Due to many years of "lifetime" politicians, the city is... Read More

    Not so friendly area.... - 6/4/2014
    I am a transplant to the area, moved here from Maryland a few years ago. I thought that this would be a great place to raise my children, especially since my family... Read More


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