Cranston, Rhode Island 

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Climate in Cranston, Rhode Island

Cranston, Rhode Island gets 49 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Cranston averages 36 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 203 sunny days per year in Cranston. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Cranston gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 129 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 83 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 20
Rain: averages 49 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 36 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Cranston is 7.1 (10=best), which means it is one of the most pleasant places in Rhode Island.

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June, September and August are the most pleasant months in Cranston, while January and February are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Cranston, Rhode IslandUnited States
  49.0 in.38.1 in.
  35.6 in.27.8 in.
  129.3 days106.2 days
  203 days205 days
  66 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 Cranston with an average high temperature of 82.5°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in Rhode Island. In Cranston, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Cranston are June, August and September.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Cranston with an average of 19.9°. This is warmer than most places in Rhode Island.

In Cranston, there are 8.0 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most places in Rhode Island.

In Cranston, there are 113.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in Rhode Island.

In Cranston, there are 1.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is warmer than most places in Rhode Island.

March is the wettest month in Cranston with 5.2 inches of rain, and the driest month is July with 3.4 inches. The wettest season is Summer with 28% of yearly precipitation and 23% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 49.0 inches in Cranston means that it is drier than most places in Rhode Island.

May is the rainiest month in Cranston with 12.6 days of rain, and September is the driest month with only 9.3 rainy days. There are 129.3 rainy days annually in Cranston, which is one of the rainiest places in Rhode Island. 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 35.6 inches in Cranston means that it is about average compared to other places in Rhode Island. January is the snowiest month in Cranston with 9.7 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Cranston    6 Reviews
    Great place to live, but high Real Estate prices - 10/29/2011
    Cranston is a fine place to live with a great range of home prices and rents. Good schools, culture, recreation, and located close enough and far away enough from... Read More

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    living in Rhode Island - 10/12/2009
    I've lived in Rhode Island my whole life and i have something to say its one of the safest and relaxing place to live. we have one of the best education system in New... Read More

    Public Transportation - 3/2/2007
    Public Transportation is scary here. The state is built for people that only own cars. There are so many places that don't have a bus line to get to. Limiting people... Read More

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